The inquest on the body of George Raven was opened on Monday evening in the Fernilee Reading and Recreation Room by Mr S. Taylor, the High Peak coroner.
The jury was exactly the same as that empanelled for the inquest on Hill, with Mr Hutton as foreman.
It was necessary, the Coroner said, that they should be sworn again, because this was an independent inquiry.
All that he proposed to do now was to take evidence of identification and then adjourn the inquiry to the time fixed for the resumption of the inquest on Hill.
The jury proceeded to view the body, which was lying in a cottage at Fernilee. The gruesomeness of the task was lessened by the fact that the face of the deceased was covered with a mask.
The Coroner, to save the time and trouble of going back to the Recreation Room, took the evidence in the room, the jurors standing round the coffin.
James Raven, Horwich End, Whaley Bridge, a cooper, stated that deceased was his brother, Geo. Raven, and he was 26 years of age. He was a powder man employed at the Fernilee powder works.
The Coroner: “Were you at the works on the day of the explosion?”
“You saw him soon afterwards?”
“Before he was taken to the Devonshire Hospital did he make any statement to you?”
“Did he make any statement to anybody else in your presence?”
“Yes; to Mr Ashby”.
“What did he say?”
“He said that something had gone through the machine, and he heard a bump”.
“Did he say anything else?”
“Nothing of any description that would explain how the explosion occurred?”
The Coroner: “The inquiry is now adjourned until August 26th in the Parish Room at Whaley to hear what else there is. I don’t think it will be very much, but we must hear it, and then we shall conclude.”