The city coroner, Dr. Youl, held an inquest on Monday, at tho Immigrants' Home, on tbe body of Jobn Harvey, aged 15 days, son of a prisoner in the Deniliquin Gaol named John Harvey. The mother said that she married her husband in Deniliquin, and when he got into "trouble" she came, with her four
children, to Melbourne. The child had been ill and feeble since his birth, and never took the breast. Witness's friends were unable to sup- port her, and she applied for admission to the home. The child was no worse than usual when she left home to go to the Immigrants' Home. She took him to the hospital on the way, and the doctor said nothing could be done for the child. On reaching the ward in the home she reported that the child was dead or
dying, and it died before the doctor who had been sent for arrived. Dr. E. Barker made a post-mortem examination, and found the body of the child, which had not been born at the full time, pale and emaciated. The immediate cause of death was congestion of the lungs from inflammation accelerated by the condition of the body. A verdict of death from pneumonia was found.
Dr. Youl also held an inquest on Monday, at the Melbourne Hospital, on the, body of Michael Finn, aged about 50 years,"who was found lying helpless on the grass in. Carl ton gardens on Saturday, and died a few hours after admission to the hospital. He said he had no place of residence, and was believed by the police to bo a town loafer. The symp- toms observed at the hospital wero those of an irritant poison. Mr. Vialls, surgeon, made a post-mortem examination, and found no marks of violence. The liver was that of a drunkard, He tested the contents of the stomach, and got a deposit which he believed to be arsenic. The cause of death was irritant Eoisoning, The deceased gave no account of
irnseli.- The jury-found that deceased dieri, from the effects of an irritant poison, and stated that they were of opinion that deceased poisoned himself.
Mr. Candler, on tho 25th inst., held an inquest at Oakleigh on the body of Joseph Gibson, aged 52 years, a publican. He had supper, and went to bed as usual on the 23rd inst., was heard groaning in the night, did not answer when spoken to, and on being turned over on his side, was found to bo dead. Mr. Stock, surgeon, made a post mortem examination, and found that the causo of death was sanguineous apoplexy. A verdict to that effect was found.
A patient in the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum committed suicido by hanging on the 23rd or 24th inst. An inquest was held on the 26th inst. by Mr. Candler, district coroner. The deceased was Peter M'Farlane, aged 61 years ; and was admitted a patient on the 13th September last, suffering from slight meian cholia, derangement of the digestive organs, and a pam in tho sido. On the 18th inst, ab he appeared mentally and physically better, and wanted to go into one of the cottages because the noise in the ward preventod him from sleeping, he was transferred from " D." ward to "K 2" cottage. He went on nicely at the cottage till the evening of the 23rd inst., when he was missed. John Edward ?Drummond, attendant, had taken two other patients belonging to the cottage to the usual weekly concert, leaving Attendant Cunning- ham in charge. Cunningham missed de ceased after he had directed the patients to go to bed. A search was made, but deceased was not found till half-past 4 next morning when he was discovered hanging, dead and stiff, from the branch of a tree. It was Drummond's duty to go to the concert, and Cunningham's duty to seo tho inmates of cottage "K 2" to bed. William Longworth Watkins, resident medical officer, said ho had not teen the statement on an order produced aB to the previous history of the deceased, and was not aware that ho was described as hav ing a tendency to suicide, but considered patients suffering from melancholia had more or less a tendency to suicide. He gave no special instructions, and used no special means to prevent this patient committing suicide. Witness was two and a half years at the Lunatic Asylum, Beechworth. Had not as yet had timo to go into the history of all the cases in the Yarra Bend Asylum, and it was impossible for him to havo done so at presont. Had he known of a previous attempt at self-destruction he should still have placed deceased in the cottage as a step towards the patient's recovery of reason, because the patient was progressing so favourably, but bo should have ordered special watchfulness. John Cane, bead attendant, said he bad heard deceased was suicidal, but had seen nothing of the kind about bim. Mr. E. Paley, inspector of ¡ lunatic asylums, said be thought Cane should have reported what he heard, and that hog thought Hr. Watkins had hardly had time to become acquainted with all the patients. Mr. Cutts, surgeon, made a post mortem examina- tion, and was of opinion that the cause of
death was asphyxia by hanging. Found a) mark on the neck such as tbe handkerchief, produced would cause. He' wits a muscular man, and could not havo been hanged by anyone else without there being evidence of
violence on his persorj. Therefore ho con- ¡ eluded ho died from self-strangulation. The I jury found that the deceased hanged himself > while of unsound mind, and expressed tho ' opinion that no blame could bo justly attri- buted to the officers of the asylum.
Mr. Candler, tho district coroner, held an inquest on the 30th inst. at St. Kilda, on the i body of Patrick Fitzgerald, aged 49. The! evidence was to the effect that the deceased! died from the effect of injuries accidentally , received by a fall on Saturday night while bo i was in a state of intoxication. He was
attended by Mr, Arnold, surgeon, who deposed ! to the cause of death. Ko posUmortem\ examination was made. A verdict of death j from injuries accidentally received was,
The district coroner, on the 28th inst, held an inquest at East Collingwood on the body of a female infant named Davis, aged seven weeks. The deceased was ono of twins, and died on the morning of tbo 26th inst. Dr.
Hunt made a post mortem examination, and i found-that death had resulted from debility j due to natural causes. " Veidict accordingly;