Saturday, Mr A C Langham, the deputy coroner held an enquiry at the
Cemetery House into the circumstances connected with the death of Mr
Joseph South, aged 46 years, brick merchant and builder, 29
Fore-street, Upper Edmonton. Mr A J Avery, solicitor, represented the
family of the deceased.
the widow, said that her husband enjoyed good health until Tuesday,
January 26th, when he met with an accident. He left home that day at
breakfast time to go to his brickfield, and just before one he
returned by tram and said that he had sprained his foot. She looked
at the limb, but beyond a slight swelling she noticed nothing unusual
in appearance. At dinner time he complained of feeling sick and
faint, and afterwards he lay down for a time. He went out again in
the afternoon but came back in about an hour. He told witness that he
nearly fell over a rut in the brickfield and so sustained the injury.
The following day the deceased visited his field, but had to come
home. He rode to Dr. Green's surgery by tram, and had his leg
examined that day and also on the following Friday. After this date
the doctor saw him every day at his house until his death, which
occurred early on Thursday morning [25 February 1897].
Webb, foreman on the employ of the deceased, said that he was walking
with Mr South in the brickfield on Jan. 26th, when the deceased
slipped over a rut and fell against the witness. The ground was hard
in consequence of the frost. The deceased said that he had hurt his
leg, but after some rubbing he walked to the office. A little later
he complained of pain and went home.
said that the deceased told that while walking over a frozen road his
foot slipped on the top of a rut and he twisted his leg. The inner
side of the leg was swollen, but there was no injury to the
bone or ankle and he
must be a sprain or slight tear of the muscle that the deceased was
suffering from. Subsequently a clot of blood formed at the seat of
the injury, and afterwards extended higher up the leg. In his opinion
a portion of the clot became detached and was carried on by the blood
stream until it blocked up the pulmonary artery, thus causing death.
Avery: In the absence of any proof to the contrary he should say that
the clot of blood arose from the injury.
of "Accidental Death" was returned.
deceased was interred at Edmonton Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon
amid very general manifestation of regret. In Fore-street most of the
shops and houses were shaded, and although the weather was
boisterous, a fairly large number of people assembled at the burial
place, Among those present were the Revs L. G Fry, G E Thorn
and D Russell, Councillors Lacey, Rowe Kilsby and Wrampling, Messrs.
Ingledew, Bath, Plowman, W Brown, Knight, Bennett and representatives
of Tottenham PSA.. The service was impressively conducted by the Rev.
T Bagley, minister of Snell's Park Congregational Chapel ,and the
Rev. R R Cornell, formerly minister of Northumberland Park Primitive
Methodist Chapel. The wreaths, which were very beautiful and must
have numbered nearly thirty. These included an everlasting wreath
sent by the deceased's employees, many of whom accompanied the
cortege to the cemetery. Mrs. South and family desire to thank those
who sent messages of sympathy.