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DEATH BEFORE THE WORKHOUSE.—

Last evening, Mr. Humphreys held an inquest at the Windsor Castle Tavern, Charles-street, Victoria-park, on the body of Ann Savage, aged 19 years. The deceased was the daughter of a widow, living at 3, Lusida-street, Victoria-park, and since the death of her father she had followed the occupation of a sewing machinist. The family, consisting of mother, the deceased, and another daughter, aged 17, who was subject to fits, were in the deepest poverty, and this fact preyed upon the mind of the deceased, and she often said, “I know it will all end in the workhouse, and I dread it, for there we shall be parted.” Her younger sister then said, “Sooner than go to the workhouse I would drown myself,” and on one occasion, after so saying, she ran from the house, and was absent for some hours. On her return she said to deceased, “Did you think I had drowned myself?” To which the reply was, “Those who threaten to commit suicide never do it.” On Sunday evening last deceased left the house, and shortly after was seen running in the direction of the Regent’s Canal, and on Monday, on its being dragged, her body was recovered. Her sister, who was by at the time as soon as she saw the body, endeavoured to jump into the water and was only prevented doing so by several men who were present. The jury returned a verdict that deceased committed suicide while in an unsound state of mind.

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  • Social cases. 1869