Shields Gazette Wednesday 11th February 1891
THE FATAL FALL OVER MARSDEN CLIFFS
INQUEST AND VERDICT
Yesterday, an inquest was held
at the Reading Room, Marsden, before Mr. J. Graham, coroner,
concerning the death of William Douglass, who was killed by
falling over Marsden Cliffs.
John Douglass, father of
deceased, said his son was 27 years of age. He was a coal
hewer, and lived with witness at 6 Hilton Street. Deceased
was a single man. Witness last saw him alive on Friday night
at about 4.20. He heard of him being found on Sunday morning
about nine o’clock. He saw the body where it had been removed
to Marsden Grotto. He would have about 14s on him when he
left home. It was pay Friday. He (witness) was at work on
Friday night, and he understood his son left home about
10.30. He learned this on returning from work about eleven
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Thos. Hopper, a youth, living
at Marsden Inn, on the bank top, said Wm. Douglass came into
their house about nine o’clock on Saturday morning. He left
at eleven and returned at one. He was sober when he came at
nine a.m. He left at three in the afternoon, but was not
sober then. He got drink between one and three. He could not
say how much drink he had, but what he got was in their
house. The drink as supplied by witness and a man behind the
bar named Wm. Bell, a miner, who was assisting in the bar that
day. He saw Douglass no more after he left at three o’clock.
William Flawith, manager of the
Grotto Inn, said Douglass came into their inn between three
and four on Saturday afternoon. He was between five and ten
minutes in the house. He and another man named William
Hutchinson were together. One had a small bottle of soda
water and the other lemonade. He then went away, and he saw
him no more till he heard he was dead on the Sunday morning.
He (witness) was taken along the shore by a man named James
Gibbons, and they saw the dead body lying to the south of his
James Gibbons, pumping engine
man at Marsden colliery, said on Sunday morning about 8.30 he
saw a man lying dead at the foot of the cliff to the south of
Marsden Rock, and went and told Mr. Flawith.
Sgt. Deaton said he examined
the body after it had been removed to the Grotto Inn. The
left arm was broken above the elbow, and the face was very
much bruised. In one pocket he found 18s 6d, and in another
12s. The injuries were such as might have been caused by
falling over the cliffs.
The jury found that deceased
was found dead on the sea shore near Marsden, and that death
was caused by falling over the cliffs.
The coroner said Mr. Flawith
acted with great discretion in not supplying Douglass with
intoxicating drink when he called after leaving the other
inn. In reply to a juryman he said any action with regard to
the persons who supplied the drink must be taken by the
magistrates, and not by him.
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