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" THE DEATH OP MR. WM.
(BT TEI.EC.RAPH FROST OUR CORRESPONDENT.)
By tiie arrival of the Ii.M.S. Cuzco at Albany yesterday, we are in receipt of the following from our London correspon- dent .-.,
LONDON, Nov. 1.
A very painful sensation bas been caused by the sad circumstances attending the death of Mr. Wm. Westgarth. His health had been somewhat feeble ever since his return from Australia, and the weakness had be- come more marked since his retirement from business, though without causing uny grave anxiety to his family. On Monday morn- ing, October 2S, Mrs. Westgarth left the deceased in his bedroom, and went downstairs for morning prayers, being under the impression that her husband would join the fumily at the breakfast table. As, however, Mr. Westgarth did not appear one of the servants was sent to call him, and not finding him in the bedroom a search was made, and the body of the unfortunate fjéntleman was discovered in the area. The
circumstances were disclosed at the in- quest, which was held at the residence of the deceased on October 31, by the coroner, Mr. Diplock. Mr. Smyly, instructed by MeaarB. Nicholson and Jones, appeared on
behalf of the widow and relatives of the deceased. The jurors proceeded to view the body, and on their returning the first witness called was Dr. J. A. Voelcker, the son-in-law of Mr. Westgarth, who said that the deceased was a colonial broker, 74 years of age in Juno last. He bad recently seen him at his own house, and he was then suffering from great weakness. Ile was not despondent, bat looking forward with hopa to a visit to Bournemouth for change of air. Ho was reatleas at nights, and said so, but bad been much better just prior to bia death, He hail never spoken of being tired of life or of attempting to destroy himself, and be thought that self-destruction was never further from the mind of any man. In examining the deceased's affairs, his relatives were absolutely at a loss to form any opinion whatever as to why he should be despondent. On the contrary, nothing could be more simple than the state of bis affairs. He was simply weak, and tbey'Iooked forward to change of air and rest for him. It was not even considered necessary to take any particu- lar care of bim, No man could have been happier in his domestic relations, as there was absolutely no trouble that they could think of. Just before his death he went out for what, in his weak state of health, waa a long walk, hut they had no instructions whatever to bo careful with bim. He wai a calm-minded man, and most carefnl in his life. The deceased, aa was well known, was always a great advocate of sanl tary improvements, and it might be within the recollection of some that he began to organise a scheme in that direction for the improvement of London. He waB a man who held very strong views as to the necessity of fresh air and ventilation, and aa a matter of fact he was constantly in the habit of opening every window in bia house when be found it closed. During his last visit to the High- lands especially it was a constant practice of liia to go into the different cottages to talk with the people about the need ot having more ventilation. So well known was this practice among the villagers of Letbybridge, Gritntown, that they had a joke against him, and he was known there as the sanitary in- spector. Replying to a juror, Dr. Voelcker said that no man could bu more Bober in his
habits. Hewasquitecertain that the deceased was not mentally affected. Had there been anything of tho kind he would most certainly, as the deceased's son-in-law, have made some special arrangements. The cool temperament possessed by the deceased in an eminent degree was ngaiuat any such supposition. He had examiped the attic from which the deceased fell, und it was clear to him that lie
had fallen over the edge, and not jumped
over. Had the deceased used the suchtest force in projecting himself from the window he must have fallen on to the bushes in front of the bouse, and not inside the area between the house and the bushes. He had verified this stiitement by throwing things ii otu the window with a little force, and by rolling some things over
the window sill.
The next witness called was a nursemaid (Jane M'Kenzle), who sobbed bitterly while giving her testimony. Sbe deposed that she had been in the deceased's service tor 35 years. On Monday morning she visited the attic from the window oÇ which he fell. The door was unfastened, and on entering the room she discovered that it was empty, and that the window stood wide open. H was impossible, without grout'risk of overbalancing himself, for. the deceased, in his weak state of health, to have rested on the window Bill, which he must hove dono in order to open the window.
A coachman, named Kdwaril Graham, next gave evidence as to the finding of the body, and subsequently Dr. Butlsr, the deceased'«] medical atlviser, deposed that Mr. Wcstgurth, while suffering from considerable weakness, was in perfect mental health. '
After a briet summary of the evidence by
the coroner, the jury arrived ata verdict that the deceased died from tiie effects of injuries received from a fall from the window, and further stated that death wa« accidental and not otherwise.