Several 1894 cases stand incomplete due to the Salisbury Times not following up initial reports.
The Plowman railway suicide is one of a number of cases I have found of former soldiers who had been in India and who have had severe illness with persistent mental trouble. Frederick Felstone’s death was foreseen by a number of people who saw him riding the shafts of his vehicle through Tisbury, whilst the Penruddocke case shows that a clean and labelled bottle carried into a chemist’s shop was quite sufficient to procure whatever deadly poison one required.
The Tanner, Springford and Hopkins cases all involve – we assume – unwanted pregnancy, and follow the all-too-frequent pattern of these cases, with the exception that the Tanner case ends up being a blame-game between the two female witnesses.
The Flint case gives the obvious advise that one should not really feed a two-week-old babe on Bath Biscuits and milk. Having a reasonably quiet baby was probably somewhat of a boon to the parents in the Dowdell case, but the child was peaceable, alas, for a reason. The Woodgate case is not the first drowning at Harnham Mill, but does describe that the path and narrow wooden bridges were totally unfenced at this time.
Finally, I must admit I read the case of George Dunn with some cynicism – what sort of fall did the poor man have at the Fisherton Asylum for him to suffer an eye-wound and eight broken ribs, one puncturing the lung?
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