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Sudden death at Quorn - 1874

Loughborough Advertiser - July 30th 1874

On Thursday last, Mr Coroner Deane held an inquest at the Blue Ball inn, Quorn, touching the death of an aged woman named Mary Mason, a native of Nottingham. The first witness was Mr Henry Martin, warehouseman, who said the deceased was a monthly nurse, and came from Nottingham a week yesterday to nurse my wife in her confinement. I saw the deceased alive for the last time about 11 o’clock last night. This morning, just after 2 o’clock, I was awakened by the sudden falling of the window in the room which Mrs Mason occupied, and which room adjoins mine. I went to the door and nurse (the deceased) what was the matter. She replied, “Oh, I’m so bad”. I called again, and asked what was the matter, but received no answer. I then woke Alice Sexton, who slept with nurse, and told her to get a light. She did so, and then said nurse was asleep. I then said I know she’s not; dress yourself; I must come in. I then in about three minutes went in and found deceased in bed. I felt her , and thinking she was dead, at once went for Mr Harris, the surgeon.

Alice Sexton said I am servant at Mr Martin’s, and occupied the same bed with Mary Mason. This morning I was wakened by Mr Martin calling. I got a light by his orders, and found deceased in bed. I looked at her thought she was asleep and told Mr Martin so. He came into the room directly afterwards, and found she was dead. I spoke to her when I went to bed the night before, but she made no complaint and seemed in her usual good health.

Samuel Harris said, I am a surgeon at Quorndon. Between two and three this morning, Mr Martin came for me and I went to his house. I found deceased in bed, quite dead. The countenance was palid, the pupils of the eyes dilated, and the body lay slightly inclined on the right side, as if in repose. I attribute the death to disease of the heart. This would account for her trying to open the window, as she would very likely have a sensation of a difficulty of breathing. The jury, of which Mr H J Crossley was foreman, returned a verdict of “death from heart disease”

 Submitted on: 2011-01-23
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 1179

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