Western Mail Saturday November 27. 1926. No.256.
TAIBACH PIT DEATH-Coroner's Fear After The Re-Start.
William Morgan REES, 8, Constant-bungalows, Taibach, was killed by a fall of
debris while leaving Cwmgwenau Colliery. At the inquest at Port Talbot on
Friday, held by Mr. B. Edward HOWE, Jenkin REES, one of six brothers, all
working at the same colliery, said that William Morgan was 43 years of age, and
left a widow and three children.
The Coroner said there might be a large number of similar fatalaties in the
various mines due to the long period of idleness.
SHOCK FOR SWANSEA LANDLADY.
When Mrs. FORESHAW, 25, Smyrna-street, Plasmarl, Swansea, returned home from
church on Thursday night she found her house in darkness, and going into the
kitchen knocked against something hanging.
She went into a neighbour's house for a light, and on re-entering the kitchen
found the body of her lodger, Henry HUNT (38), a single man, hanging from the
ceiling. HUNT, who was a steelworker, is stated to have been unemployed.
BUSINESS WORRIES.-Cause Of A Canton Man's Suicide.
The inquest on William Henry ROUTLEY (38), 14, Theobald-road, Canton, Cardiff,
who was discovered on Thursday night with his head in a gas oven, was held by
the city coroner (Dr. R. J. SMITH) on Friday.
The widow, Sylvia Maud ROUTLEY, said she had been married twenty years, and six
months ago her husband bought the fish and "chip" business in Theobald-road. Her
husband had fairly good health except that his chest was bad. Frequently he had
worried about the business because it was not paying.
Last Tuesday witness went to visit her mother in the Rhondda Valley. She
returned home on Thursday at about 5.30 p.m. and found the front door locked.
Witness found a neighbour and asked him to try and open the door. The
neighbour got into the house, but told witness she had better not go in. Witness
then went and sat in a neighbour's house and there a policeman informed her
about her husband.
On Friday morning she found a letter in the kitchen in reference to a business
matter which had troubled him.
After hearing medical and other evidence the Coroner, in returning a verdict
of "Suicide whilst of unsound mind by inhaling coal gas," said it appeared that
the dead man had a good deal of financial worry in connection with his business,
which had preyed on his mind.
RETIRED OFFICIAL'S DEATH AT PENARTH.
Mr. David REES, district coroner, held an inquest at Penarth on Friday on Mr.
Albert VODDEN (72), a retired postal official, of 2, Alberta-place, Penarth, who
collapsed while sawing wood in his back yard and expired a few minutes later of
The Coroner recorded a verdict of "Death from natural causes."
BOYS' BRIGADE VICTOR.- Winner of "Western Mail" Cup At Cardiff.
At the monthly council meeting of the Cardiff and District Battalion of the
Boys' Brigade, held at the Church House on Friday evening, it was decided to
award the Western Mail Cup this year to Staff-sergt. Harold MASON, of the 3rd
Company, connected with the New Trinity Congregational Church Church, Canton.
Private Cyril SMITH, a member of the same company, is the runner-up.
The Western Mail Cup is for the most efficient boy in the local battalion, and
this is the second year in succession it has been won by Staff-sergt. MASON.
It will be presented to him at a battalion church parade to-morrow (Sunday)
morning to Roath-road Wesleyan Church by the Rev. J. H. BATESON, the
MINER ATTACKED-Struck Down And Kicked At Twynffald.
Disturbance arising out of the return to work at the Bargoed Colliery of men
living at Twynffald were responsible for a number of cases before the Blackwood
magistrates on Friday.
Mr. T. W. GRIFFITHS (Messrs. Horace LYNE and Co., Newport) presented for the
police, and Mr. J. W. LEWIS (Merthyr) defended in all the cases.
Edward BRADLEY (36), a labourer, of Twynffaid, was fined £5 for using obscene
language and doing an act likely to impede the supply of fuel.
Thomas EDWARDS (49), labourer, Twynffaid, was summoned for intimidating
Lonsdale BLYTHE and Baden DAVIES; for assaulting BLYTHE, and for doing acts
likely to impede the supply of fuel and to cause disaffection.
BLYTHE said he was returning from work when a crowd of 300 or more closed in
on him. EDWARDS struck him in the face. He fell down, and while he was down
EDWARDS kicked him.
As it was EDWARD'S first offence, the Bench fined him £10. or two months,
under the Emergency Powers Act, and £5. or a month, for the assault.
Blanche DANIEL a young married woman, was fined 40s. for riotous behaviour.