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Mark Wanless's death in Tottenham, Coundon, Durham - coroner's inquest results, Sept 1894

Northern Echo, 14 Sep 1894 - The Sad Death at Auckland Workhouse - Coroner Proud held an inquest at Auckland Workhouse on Thursday night touching the death that day of Mark Wanless, 52, shifter, a widower, residing up to Tuesday last, with three small children, one of weak intellect, at Tottenham. Deceased had been taken to the house on a medical order. His son William, a pit labourer, last saw deceased in bed at home. He had drunk hard and had suffered from and been treated for a broken leg. Mrs. Joseph Cartwright lived opposed deceased. On Tuesday afternoon she heard him cry "I'm dying; I'm dying!". Witness went into the house, saw deceased vomiting, detected a strange smell, and asked deceased what he had been doing. He replied "Nothing." but when pressed, he said "I've drunk a lotion I used for my leg." Witness said to the deceased "What made you do that? You have young children." and he replied he had taken half a bottleful. Witness saw a bottle nearly empty and labelled "Poison"....deceased was a very drunken man and witness had heard him shouting and carrying on with two little lasses and a boy that was not right...verdict: death resulted from delerium tremens in combination with influenza caused by taking an irritant.

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