July 30, 2012

Trying to Jump the Strid

On Tuesday, whilst attempting to jump the Strid, at Bolton Woods, Mr. Jeremiah Black, of Brighouse (a past president of the Brighouse Co-operative Society), dislocated his ankles and is now confined to bed, suffering much pain.  (Yorkshire Evening Post, May 30th, 1901)

July 23, 2012

Love Tragedy at Manchester

    Alleged Murder and Suicide in a Crowded Room.
    A man named John Fritchley is alleged to have murdered his sweetheart, Miss Beatrice Fielding, at her home in Merryfields Street, Queens Road, Manchester, last night.  He afterwards committed suicide.
    Four other persons were in the room when the tragedy occurred, and one of them narrowly escaped the fate that befell Miss Fielding.  Jealousy is supposed to have been the motive for the crime.  (Yorkshire Evening Post, December, 1905)

July 21, 2012

An Irish “Wake”

Some extraordinary evidence was given at a coroner's inquest held in Dublin on Thursday respecting the death of a respectable young woman, who fell down a flight of stairs and fractured her skull at a wake held on the remains of a stillborn child.  The entire company at the wake were helplessly drunk, and when the woman's husband woke up in the middle of the night he carried away his wife's remains on his back.  (Yorkshire Post, March 30th, 1878)

July 15, 2012

Dogs Killed by Leeds Tramcars

    To the Editor of "The Yorkshire Evening Post."
    Sir,—I should like to call attention to the speed of electric cars on the various routes of Leeds, particularly the Woodhouse section.
    Personally, I do not think there is any necessity for the cars running at railway speed through streets that are at all times of the day crowded with people ; more so when parts of the street are not yet the required width on account of old property still standing.
    Last week no fewer that three dogs were turned into unrecognisable shapes—the work of these cars.—Yours truly,
    PUBLIC SAFETY.  Leeds.  (Yorkshire Evening Post, April 30th, 1901)

July 11, 2012

Dewsbury—Horrible Accident

Yesterday afternoon a most horrible accident happened at Messrs Thackrah & Co.'s new mill at Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury.  William Coulson, aged 53 years, a married man with eight children, was attending to a willeying machine, which is used for pulling rags into shoddy, when his foot slipped, and he fell into the revolving machinery.  This caught his arm, and he was pulled in, his arm, head, and shoulders being torn into pieces.  A most horrible and sickening sight was presented when the remains of the poor fellow were extricated, of course lifeless.  (Yorkshire Post, June 5th, 1873)

July 10, 2012

Dead at His Post

At Ravenstonedale, near Kirkby Stephen, yesterday, a North-Eastern Railway signalman named John Thompson, middle-aged, was found dead while on duty in his cabin, situated at a lonely point on the line.  (Yorkshire Evening Post, October 2nd, 1897)

July 06, 2012

Fatal Accident

On Thursday afternoon, a little child came to its death in Hunslet-lane, Leeds, under the following melancholy circumstances.  It had been walking behind a wagon, having hold of it at the same time, and on leaving it a coach was coming up behind it, and before the driver could stop the vehicle, the child fell and was run over and its head dreadfully crushed.  It was instantaneously killed.  Parents should be very careful not to permit their children to be on the high-roads.  (Leeds Intelligencer, July 21st, 1838)

July 04, 2012

And Still They Drink!

During the past two months in Idle there have been nineteen cases of typhoid fever, four of which have unhappily proved fatal.  There seems good reason to believe that the cause of the outbreak is to be found in the determination of a portion of the inhabitants to drink the water from the local wells, for no fewer than fifteen out of the nineteen persons attacked were drinkers of the well water.  In every case where death has occurred the victim had been in the habit of drinking water either from the Town Well or from the Town Pump.  (Yorkshire Evening Post, November 3rd, 1893)

July 03, 2012

Choked by a Billiard Ball

A singular fatality occurred on Wednesday night at a public house in Soho, London.  Some men were in the billiard-room when one of them attempted to get a billiard-ball into his mouth.  This feat he had previously accomplished and had successfully removed the ball.  This time, however, he failed to extract it, and it became fixed in his throat.  A cab was immediately fetched, but while being removed to the hospital the unfortunate fellow expired.  (Yorkshire Evening Post, November 3rd, 1893)

July 01, 2012

Sudden Death from Tight Lacing

On Sunday morning, as the service at Wimslow Church was about commencing, a young woman from Macclesfield, named Jane Goodwin, 22 years of age, who had just taken her seat near the pulpit, was suddenly taken ill, and was carried out of the church to the sexton's house ; but before her friends got there she was a corpse.  Her death was caused by being too tightly laced.  (Dundee Courier, October 22nd, 1844)