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INQUEST., Issue 8011, 13 September 1889
An inquest was held yesterday afternoon at Islay Cottage, Forth street, before Mr Coroner Carew and a jury of six, on the body of Margaret Lyon Carr, who was found dead in bed the same morning. William Carr, railway employe, deposed that the body shown to the jury was that of his late wife. She was born at Liverpool, and had been in tho colony about fifteen years. For many years she had been in bad health. She last saw a doctor about a fortnight ago, when she visited Dr Teevan. She Was then suffering with severe headaches and a pain in her left side. She had been complaining of the same thing for a good while. Witness was at work on Wednesday, and came home between twelve and one o'clock, and again at night. On tho latter occasion the deceased seemed no worse than usual. About eight o'clock, however, she screamed and beat her side in the region of the heart with her hand. She afterwards grew quiet, and witness asked her if he should go for a doctor ; but Bbe replied that she thought it was not necessary. She had been as bad before several times. At half-past ten, when witness went into her bedroom, the deceased was asleep. He noticed that she was breathing in the ordinary way. He again entered the room about midnight, and she was still asleep. On Wednesday night witness slept in the kitchen. He got up about a quarter to seven n»'xt morning, and went into the bedroom and found his wife quite_ cold. He got some whisky and put it between her teeth, but it had no effect ; so he went to the Pelichot Bay railway station and telephoned for Dr Teevan. He thought that he was not understood and he went to Bee Dr Teevan at his house, and the doctor came to witness's house afterwards. Witness did not hear any noise in the night to cause him any alarm. The only physic his wife had taken lately was some mixture for a cold with which she had been suffering for about three weeks. The cold was not very severe. Deceased was about thirty-seven years of age at the time of her death. W itne3s had heard the deceased scream before Wednesday night, on more than one occasion, for two or three minutes. Mrs Storer was with deceased on Wednesday night between seven end half-pa3t nine o'clock. She said she did not think it was necessary to send for a doctor, as she had seen the deceased often in the same condition before.
Mary Storer deposed that she had known the deceased for a number of years, and had seen her frequently lately. She visited her on Wednesday night about seven o'clock, and remained with her till about half-past nine. Deceased complained about her heart, and expressed gladness that witness had come to see her. Witness had often seen her as bad before, and did not think she was in a dangerous state. Deceased, however, had a very bad cough for at least several weeks past. At times she took very violent fits of coughing, and Beemed very bad aftenvarde.
John Grant Storer, a lad twelve years of age, stated that he had been staying with the deceased for about a week. On Wednesday night he slept with the deceased. He went to bed about ten o'clock, and awoke about one o'clock. He thought the deceased was then asleep. He did not remain awake long, and did not waken after going to sleep until called by Mr Carr at about a quarter to seven in the morning. Dr Teevan deposed that at about a quarter past seven on Thursday he received a telephone message from the Pelichet Bay station which ho could not understand. When he went to the telephone himself ho found that they had " rung off." About an hour afterwards Mr Carr came to his house and informed him that he had found his wife dead in bed at seven o'clock that morning. He came down as soon as he could, and on his way to Mr Carr's house, called at the police stationand informed the police. On arriving at MrCarr's house he found the body of the deceased laid out. He made an external examination of the body, but found no marks of violence nor anything to indicato the cause, of death. The right side of the face and the side of tho body were greatly discolored, and the right arm was bent over the chest in the direction of the heart. From the discoloration he concluded that the deceased was lying on her right side on her faco at the time of death. Ho thought the deceased had been dead about six or eight hours. He had known her for about four years, and during that time she had frequently complained of headaches. About ten days ago he treated her as a patient at his own house. She then complained of a cough and headache. He believed that death was caused by apoplexy owing to atheromatous condition of the blood vessels of the brain, and probably of the great vessels of the heart.
The jury returned a verdict to tho effect that the deceased was found dead from natural causes.
INQUEST., Issue 8011, 13 September 1889
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