June 30, 2012

Post's Folly

Last evening, at Doncaster, a coroner's jury returned a verdict of manslaughter against Edward Post, a foreman platelayer, of Sheffield, for causing the death of a plate layer named Walter Atkin by throwing a brick out of a train which was proceeding to Doncaster.  (Yorkshire Evening Post, October 20th, 1897)

June 29, 2012


While running to see a fire at Spalding last night Alfred Samuel Edwards, a bricklayer, dropped down dead.  (Yorkshire Evening Post, June 24th, 1897)

June 28, 2012

A Tragedy of a Pin

Mr F. Price held an inquiry yesterday respecting the death of Elizabeth Ann Rider, of 150, Stockport Road, Levenshulme, a mantle braider.  About four o' clock on Saturday afternoon the deceased went upstairs, and when near the top she missed her footing and fell to the bottom.  She called out, "Oh, my head, my poor head," and her brother-in-law, on examining her, found that the fall had caused a hairpin to penetrate her skull.  This caused death.  (Yorkshire Evening Post, October 25th, 1893)

June 27, 2012

Killed by Her Umbrella

The Wolverhampton Deputy Coroner held an inquest yesterday on the body of Harriet Cross, widow, 50 years of age.  The deceased was coming out of a tradesman's shop, when she fell down the steps, and the handle point of the umbrella she was carrying was forced into her right eye.  Inflammation of the brain supervened, and caused her death.  The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death."  (Yorkshire Evening Post, October 25th, 1893)

June 24, 2012

A Boy Killed

An inquest was held at the Spread Eagle Inn, Darlington, on Tuesday, before Mr. Taylor, coroner, on the body of John Mann.  The deceased was about twelve years of age, and was the son of Mr. John Mann, gardener, Darlington.  He was employed on the farm of Thomas Taylor, and on Monday afternoon he was driving a manure cart through the fold doors.  While doing this he was accidentally caught by one of the wheels, which went over his back, and twisted his body round a post.  He was killed on the spot, and the verdict was to the effect that the death had been accidental.  (Leeds Intelligencer, January 11th, 1862)

June 22, 2012

Singular Cause of Death

Mrs Ellen Saunders, a widow, aged 40 years, living at Shepherd's Bush, has met with her death through her dress catching fire in the street.  It appears from the evidence given at the inquest on Monday, that the deceased and her niece were walking near the Uxbridge Road Station, when it was discovered that the skirt of her dress behind was on fire.  It is supposed that the fire was caused by a lighted fusee thrown away by a boy.  (Yorkshire Post, July 30th, 1878)

June 21, 2012

Young Man Shot

Yesterday morning, an inquest was held at the Court-House, Leeds, on the body of Joseph Jepson, a young man about 22 years of age, who resided at Chickenley Heath, and who died at the Leeds Infirmary, on Wednesday, almost immediately on his arrival, having been accidentally shot by a person who was shooting at a hen.  The inquest was adjourned to Monday at ten, for the production of the necessary witnesses.  (Leeds Intelligencer, December 29th, 1838)

June 20, 2012

A Brute

A fellow who rejoices  in the name of Hogg, and who resides at a village near Barnsley, the other day took in his finished work to the manufacturers in that town, leaving his wife in such a state of health that she was not expected to survive until he returned.  When he had finished his business at his employer's, he called upon the Registrar of Births at Barnsley, for the purpose of registering his wife's decease.  The disgusted Registrar, on hearing the circumstances, ordered the unfeeling wretch about his business, when he skulked away, muttering that he had called beforehand, as he thought it would save him a journey.  (Leeds Intelligencer, August 18th, 1838)

June 18, 2012

Disagreeable Mistake

One day last week, a gentleman called at a barber's shop, in a town in the West Riding, and requested to have the use of shaving apparatus, stating that he always preferred shaving himself, even in a barber's shop, as they (the barbers) were so apt to daub the lather across the mouth, whereby he was in danger of taking a disease from some person labouring under an infectious disorder, who had previously been lathered with the same brush.  The knight of the razor soon furnished his customer with the necessary appendages, and when the operation was near being completed, the gentleman wishing to compliment the barber, remarked that he never shaved himself so easily before, the brush was strong and good, and the razor, (which he should like to purchase,) was excellent ; to which the barber replied, "I know they are both good ones, for I have just returned from the Dispensary, where I have been shaving two patients with them, who are in the last stage of typhus fever."  The gentleman hearing this, swooned away into a state of insensibility.  (Leeds Intelligencer, November 17th, 1838)

June 17, 2012

A Batley Boy's Death

Distressing Discovery by the Lad's Father.
    A sad accident occurred at Batley, last night.  Charles Craven, aged 15 years, son of John Craven, logwood grinder, Whitaker Square, Batley, assisted his father, who is employed at Providence Dye Works.
    As the elder Craven was leaving the boiler-house he heard a noise in the logwood grinding place, as if some hard substance had got into the cog wheels of the machinery.  On examination he found that it was the body of his own son.  The lad's head was practically severed from the body, which was badly mutilated.
    It is surmised that the youth was grinding his pocket knife when his clothing was caught in the cog wheels.  (Yorkshire Evening Post, December, 1905)

June 16, 2012

Fatal Accident at Harewood

An accident, painful in character and attended with a fatal result, occurred yesterday on the farm of the Earl of Harewood at the village of Weardley, near Harewood.  A labourer named James Sweeney was, along with others, employed at a thrashing machine, when he inadvertently stepped upon the drum, the result being that his foot was drawn in and his leg pulled off below the knee.  He was conveyed to the Leeds Infirmary, where he died about eight o'clock, half an hour after admission.  Deceased was a married man.  (Yorkshire Post, June 10th, 1873)

June 14, 2012

Another “Jack the Ripper” Scare

A Girl's Strange Confession.
    Considerable excitement has been caused in the village of Arkesdon, which is close to the borough of Saffron Walden, in Essex, in consequence of the landlady of the Green Man Inn having received a number of threatening letters purporting to have been written by "Jack the Ripper," and couched in the most disgusting terms.  The excitement was brought to a head a few days ago, when Mrs. Taylor's daughter reported that she had been stopped as she was crossing the fields, and handed a letter by a man, who told her to give it to her mother.  When opened, the missive was found to contain the announcement that "Jack the Ripper" was in the village, and would visit the woman the same night with the intention of "doing for her."  Mrs. Taylor, being frightened, at once went to see the local policeman, and a large number of the villagers determined to form themselves into a search party, and in the evening some thirty or forty, armed with pitchforks and heavy sticks, set out to explore the locality, many of their wives locking and barricading the doors in their absence.  The search proved fruitless, although the daughter of the threatened woman had given the police a clear description of the man who stopped and gave her the last letter.  The divisional superintendent of police has since visited the place, and, after a long interview with the girl, she confessed she had written the letters herself ; but, as she has only just turned 12 years of age, it is thought highly improbable that she concocted such vile epistles without being prompted by someone.  (Yorkshire Evening Post, April 22nd, 1891)

June 13, 2012

An Aged Couple Starved to Death

The report reached Belfast to-day of the death by starvation last week of an aged fisherman named McManus, and his sister, at Kearney, in County Down.  Kearney is on the County Down coast.  The parties lived in an isolated cottage, and the severe weather of the past few weeks prevented the old woman from following her avocation of begging.  (Yorkshire Evening Post, April, 1891)

June 11, 2012

Killed by £50

Yesterday, Thomas Sharples, 40 years of age, a cotton weaver, of Langho, near Blackburn, shot half his head away with a double-barrelled gun.  On his father's death in July he came into possession of £50, since when he had done no work, but had drunk heavily.  (Yorkshire Evening Post, October 2nd, 1897)

June 10, 2012

Leeds Baby's Shocking Death

Precipitated into Boiling Water.
    Another scalding accident was reported in Leeds to-day, the victim being a little girl named Ida Worsnop, aged 11 months, who lived at 16, Malmesbury Street, Amberley Road, Wortley.
    It appeared that the child was placed in a chair which overbalanced, with the result that the infant was precipitated into some boiling water.
    Medical assistance was speedily obtained, but the baby died a few hours later.  (Yorkshire Evening Post, January 21st, 1903)

June 09, 2012

Shocking Incident at Haworth

Girl's Hair Caught in the Machinery. 
    A terrible accident happened early on Saturday morning at Messrs. Merrall and Sons' mill at Haworth.
    A girl, aged nineteen years, named Louie Rollinson, living in Ivy Bank Lane, had started work only a few minutes when she bent down, it is believed, for the purpose of picking up a bobbin from beneath the machine.
    Her hair, which hung in a plait down her back, became entangled in the machinery, with the result that the unfortunate girl was almost completely scalped.  Another woman, hearing Rollinson's screams, stopped the machine.
    Dr. Wilson, of Haworth, was called in, and after attending to her, ordered her immediate removal to the Keighley Victoria Hospital.  (Yorkshire Evening Post, January 19th, 1903)

June 05, 2012

Wounded by Ghosts

Two women and a man have been admitted to St. Michael's Hospital, Kingstown, suffering from wounds which they alleged were inflicted by "ghosts."  The police are investigating the affair.  (Yorkshire Evening Post, March 18th, 1891)

June 04, 2012

Devoured by Wolves

Eighteen Indians Eaten Up.  (Reuter's Tele-gram.)
    Winnipeg, Tuesday.  News has reached here that a band of Indians encamped on the shore of Lake Winnipeg were recently attacked by about 200 ravenous wolves.  Eighteen men, women, and children were devoured by the animals, only two men escaping to tell the awful fate of their companions.  (Yorkshire Evening Post, February 3rd, 1891)

June 03, 2012

A Lethal “Game”

A shocking accident to mischievous boys is reported from Washington.  Three lads discovering a can of nitroglycerine set it up to throw stones at it.  The first stone caused an explosion, which resulted in two of the boys being blown to atoms, while the third received injuries which were likely to be fatal.  (Yorkshire Evening Post, April 14th, 1891)