White, Jane

White, Jane            1888 January 21st           Frome

Death from Lock-Jaw

On Monday afternoon an inquest was held at the Temperance Hall, before Mr W Muller (coroner), touching the death of Jane White, widow, aged 56 years, residing at Welshmill Lane. From the evidence it appeared that on Friday, January 6th, the deceased was engaged in breaking up firewood that had been given her by stamping on it with her foot. She had only a thin shoe on at the time, and a nail that as in the wood penetrated the sole of her foot. She went to work at the silk factory, but was obliged to return at 11, being very lame. The foot was bathed and poulticed, but got worse, and Dr Pearse was called in. On Friday she was seized with tetanus spasms, and died in one of them while Dr Pearse was present.

The jury returned a verdict to the effect that death was die to lock-jaw produced by an accidental injury to the sole of deceased’s foot.

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