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A Favorite Pool For English Suicides

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Sonie remarkable statements were made at an inquest held at Bury, in Lancashire, on Saturday, respecting a mill-stream lodge known as "Old Char ley's lodge," or " The Hatter's cemetery," in which a young woman aged 19 drowned herself. The lodge, it seems, if in the midst of a thickly-populated neighborlxood, and is not prottcted by any fence. The water being warm, it offers unusual temptation to suicide, and, owing to its unguarded condition, it is alfo the scène of many fatal accidenta to young children, who fall into it while playing on the banks. The coroner said he considered it "a pnblic scandal" that "Old Charley's lodge" was not fenced off in some way. He had himself held inquests on the bodies of from fifteen to twenty persons who had met with their deaths in that lodge, and he understood that altogether upward of fifty bodies had been taken out of it. He did not think that there was another place in the kingdom to equal it. This is a mistake. The ponds on Hampton heath claim to have destroyed more human life thas any other piece oí water of similar size in Great Britiin, and the number of bodies taken out of them is almost beyond calculation. "Old Charley's lodge " is, however, beyond a doubt, a most deadly pool, and a pólice constable present at the inquest scated that it was a common saying in the borough, 'Til go to Old Charley's lodge," or, " Go to Old Charley's lodge," the first being an expression of despair,


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