Edna Holmes

She said the last witness called her up to go to his wife.

The deceased died about twenty minutes past four.

The Coroner: “Are you of opinion that if a medical man had come to attend to that poor woman she would have got over it?”

“No, I don’t think that she would. I told Mr Jodrell that there was something wrong, and that he must go to the doctor.”

The Coroner: “What induced him to go to the doctor?”

“She had changed colour. She was not her own colour. When there is no pain there must be something wrong.”

The Coroner: “You felt at a loss how to act?”

“I bandaged her up as tight as I could.”

The Coroner: “You don’t think the doctor would have been of any assistance?” “Well, I can’t say; I think not. It surprised me that the child was living, for it was quite cold. I could not say that he would have saved her life, but it would have been more satisfaction if he had attended her.”

The Coroner: “Does Mr Allan usually attend confinements?”

“Yes, if they are very particular, but he must have the money in his hand before he goes, or he won’t go.”

The Coroner: “Is that his invariable rule?”


The Coroner: “You have known him do that before?”


The Coroner: “What sort of people are they that he attends; does he attend poor people?”

“Yes, sir.”

The Coroner: “He will have a difficulty if he confines his services to the rich. He is the parish doctor.”

The Coroner: “You can’t say the attendance of a medical man would have saved the life of the patient, though it might have done?”

“It might have done.”

The Coroner: “You have known these people?”

“Yes, they are decent, respectable people, and have always lived very comfortably.”

“She had complained of a pain in her side?”

The Coroner: “People generally do when they are like her.”