Parsons, Elijah

Parsons, Elijah       1875 December 18th        Farley

On Monday, Mr R M Wilson, one of the County Coroners, held an inquest at the School House, Farley, on the body of Elijah Parsons, aged 62.

Mr A P Batten, of the Winchester Training College, said he came from Winchester, on the preceding Saturday, for his holiday, and hearing that the deceased had left home at eleven o’clock in the morning, he went out at six o’clock in the evening to search for him. He understood he had gone to search for holly, and witness went into the woods, in company with his brother Edwin. In consequence of what he said he went to a holly tree, and on the ground he found the deceased laying on his left side, with his left arm under him, and his head in a hole in the ground. He appeared to have fallen in the position in which he was found.

He raised him, with assistance, and found him cold, and at first insensible. He was placed in a barrow and taken out of the copse, after which he was taken home in a cart belonging to Mr Arthur Broad. On the way he spoke several times, but incoherently, excepting once, when at the gate of the copse he said “I am dying.” There was a small branch of holly near him. He was got home shortly before eight o’clock. Witness was originally a pupil at Farley school, of which the deceased was the master. He had never known Mr Parsons to have a fit, but he had seen him so faint that he had to go out into the open air.

Thomas Bagnell, carpenter, said he helped the deceased out of the cart, and he died at half past eleven o’clock in the evening. He had previously heard of his having been giddy.

Mr J H Gordon, surgeon, Salisbury, said he knew the deceased by sight, but had never attended him professionally. On Saturday night he was sent for to see the deceased, and arrived at twenty minutes past nine, remaining with him until shortly before he expired. He was perfectly collected, but suffering from collapse; he was unable to speak but looked about, at times, collectedly. His breathing was not irregular. He attributed death to collapse, owing to the deceased having been so long out in the cold, but he was unable to suggest the original cause of his illness, unless he had fallen from the tree, and was unable to recover himself. There were no indications of apoplexy.

The jury returned a verdict that the deceased had died from the effects of exposure to the cold.

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