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1887 Articles and Other Items

13 January 1887, Thursday

St. Ives - Death of The Rev. A. LEVELL, of St Ives - On Sunday two sermons were preached in the Wesleyan Chapel by the Rev. George FRYAR, of St. Just. The services were in connection with the death of the Rev. Alfred Levell, the superintendent, Mr. Fryar having spent several years with the deceased in India. In the morning Mr. Fryar preached from the 11th verse of the 5th chapter of James. In the evening the services were conducted by the Rev. J. EYCOTT, brother-in-law of the deceased, and a very appropriate sermon was again preached by Mr. Fryar, his text being taken from Romans viii, 28. The choir sang suitable hymns and the organist, Mr. J. JENKYN, also played the Dead March in 'Saul.' The services were most impressive.

Camborne - Football Accident At Camborne - A youth named John VIAL, son of the late Mr. James Vail, of Betty Adit, Bros, whilst engaged in a game of football on Monday, fractured his leg.

Launceston - Suicide Of A Launceston Tradesman - The body of Mr. H. PODE, baker and confectioner, of Launceston, was, on Tuesday morning, found hanging to an apple tree in the orchard of Mr. BLOYE, Polson Farm, about midway between Lifton and Launceston.

Death of Capt. John LEAN - We record with regret the death, at the advanced age of 80 years, of Capt. John Lean, M.E., formerly of Truro, and for many years connected with the mining interests of the world. Capt. Lean was a frequent contributor to our columns, being well acquainted with mining throughout the world, having spent several years of his life in Chili, Bolivia, &c. He was at one time a large adventurer in Cornish mines. Capt. Lean was active and intelligent to the last, and always took a great interest in the correspondence columns of the 'West Briton'.

Death Of Mr. Edward COLLINS, Of Trewardale - The inhabitants of Bodmin and its neighbourhood were pained at hearing, on Tuesday morning, of the death of Mr. E.C. Edward Collins, of Trewardale, after an illness of only two or three days. Mr. Collins, who was only 31 years of age, caught a severe cold last week, but he kept (?)nt, and only so late as Monday week was at a meet of the hounds at Bodmin barracks. He there got very wet, and a day or two afterwards had to keep his bed. Dr. (?V)EST was sent for, and found he was suffering from inflammation of the lungs, and as he got worse Mr. Paul (?)wain was telegraphed for from Plymouth, and attended with all possible speed. All assistance proved, however, of no avail, Mr. Collins dying on Monday evening about half-past eleven. He was of a most genial, vivacious disposition, and as a county magistrate ably took his part in the conduct of the public affairs of the neighbourhood. He was an ardent Conservative, and attended the political meetings of both sides in Bodmin, and generally took some part in them. He was deeply interested in agriculture, and was a regular attendant at the meetings of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association, of the council of which body he was a member. Mr. Collins was the son of the late Rev. C.M. Edward Collins, of Trewardale, and nephew of Mr. John Basset Collins, the Mayor of Bodmin. His mother (Mrs. Charles Collins) still survives him, and resides at Trewardale. He leaves a widow - the daughter of Col. ALMS, of Bodmin - and five young children, and will be missed by a large circle of friends. Much sympathy is felt at Bodmin and in the neighbourhood for the bereaved. It is notified that in consequence of Mr. Collin's death the North Cornwall hounds will not meet until further notice.

It is an open secret that the poor man Edwards, whose tragic fate was reported in the West Britton of last week, and who bled to death in less than half-an-hour from the bursting of an artery in the leg, might have been living to-day if he had not been so very reckless of his own health and life. The artery had opened twice before. An elastic band had to be worn; this he foolishly left off, and with nothing to sustain the weak part, paid for his folly by death. It is certain that had he been an 'abstainer' he might have stood a much better chance of living for years longer. He was a strong man, kind-hearted to all, and the enemy of no one but himself. The caution of the doctor to give up 'drink,' he failed to act upon; and this is the more to be regretted, as it militated against his health. Temperance workers should be unremitting in their benevolent efforts to save their fallow men and women. This is only another victim added to the long list of slain.

The sudden death of Mr. John Arthur PHILLIPS has deprived Cornwall of another of the rapidly-dwindling roll of her elder scientific men. He was not probably so well known now in the county, of which he was a native, as very many men of far less accomplishments and note; but among scientific authorities and students his name was a household word. He filled much such a position as a scientific mining authority in a general sense as his and my old friend Mr. William Jory HENWOOD, and wrote a very valuable treatise on 'Ore Deposits;' but is best known in connection with his unrivalled 'Metallurgy,' a new edition of which was in hand at the time of his death. Mr. Phillips had his early training at the School of Mines in Paris (Ecole des Mines), England in his younger days doing literally nothing for the scientific education of the mining engineer; but in middle and later life he worked upon his own lines, and took the highest rank in the walks he chose as an original and independent investigator. He was an admirable chemist, and a skilled geologist and geological microscopist; and much of his recent study was devoted to the elucidation of the petrology of this county, which he examined in the parts dealt with exhaustively by the best modern methods. His death at an age when he might be supposed to have several years' more work in him -- and he was one of those who was certain to work to the last -- is a very heavy loss. Personally as well as scientifically he was much esteemed. His scattered papers are of considerable value, and no better tribute to his memory cound be paid than their collected reproduction under competent editorship. I recollect seeing fine collections of Cornish elvans some years since at Falmouth, brought together in response to a series of prizes he offered at the Polytechnic, the study of this class of rocks being then pursued by him, and I am not at all sure that we have not seen excellent results of late in the stimulus thus afforded to scientific inquiry on the part of some of the competitiors.

The Breage Murder - Much sympathy is, says a correspondent, felt among the fellow workmen of Thomas POLGLASE, now known as the 'Breage murderer.' Polglase was commonly known by his neighbours and fellow miners as 'Ould England,' from the habit he had of saying. 'Here's off through Ould England,' whenever he left work and started on his long walk home. He was noted for his extraordinary appetite, the size of the pasties brought to mine with him being the wonder of his comrades. He was known at the mine as anything but a morose or vindictive man, but, at the same time, he was regarded as far from sharp witted. Indeed, the 'bal' maidens were in the habit of making him the subject of their practical jokes. It is believed at Breage that Polglase had a good deal of money secreted on his premises, and that he really feared that he was going to be robbed. That he should be condemned to penal servitude for life seems an outrageous excess of punishment.

A Typical English Yeoman - The circle of yomen and farmers in the West of Cornwall, more particularly those who transact business at Helston, Penzance, and Camborne, have, says a contemporary, missed for some months the well-known healthful face and English form of Mr. James LEMON, of Rejarden. Mr. Lemon has been ill for many months, ailing for about 18, seriously unwell for a third of that time; but his death will come as a surprise to those beyond this nearest relatives and friends, so engrossed are most of us in our own duties or pursuits, and so difficult was it to believe that we should not see our robust looking friend again -- in carriage, at Board-room, or at some agricultural gathering. Mr. Lemon was a typical English yeoman, and, living as he did on his own estate, he was able to keep up good old modes; because, though fully alive through the pressure of the times, and the need for every effort in the persent great international competition between farmers of every clime, he was free from the anxieties and difficulties wheich perplex so many tillers of the soil. Though in no hurry, however, to abandon well-proved methods, Mr. Lemon was by no means one to neglect improvements; and, by reading, inquiry, and experiment, he endeavoured intelligently to keep in the van of progress in tillage, feeding, and dairy-farming. Whenever he had once thought out a subject and resolved Mr. Lemon was a thorough John Bull -- fixed on, holding fast, and completely proving; determined not to look back or let go until convinced, beyond a doubt, that he was wrong. With such a nature no wonder that Mr. Lemon was a thorough Churchman and Conservative; that he held so to the old, conceded only cautious and gradual change, and distrusted somersault and voite face. Yet that he was not bigoted or unalterable there knew who learnt his views on religious and political matters, and marked the aid he extended to a quickened church, and the admissions he made that our Land Laws are far from perfect. To the old-fashioned ideas of the duties and rights of employers and employed he tenaciously clung. As a guardian and a hirer of labour he held by the Scriptural maxim, that those who will not work ought not to eat, and that the wilfully lazy should not be an encumbrance on their toiling neighbours. On the social topics of flimsy finery and wasteful holiday-taking his views were sound, yet occasionally expressed so quaintly, sometimes so sharply, that you could but laugh at words and manner, while the sentiment commended itself. Where Mr. Lemon met with a worth cause or true suffering he was sympathetic and kindly, and he leaves us with the respect of all who knew him well. Mrs. Lemon and one son, the Rev. James F. Lemon, of Marazion, survive Mr. Lemon, of Rejarden, who was 68.

Inquest At Helston - Mr. Walter Walter Wearne, borough coroner, and a jury, of whom Mr. P. B. WedlocK was forman, held an inquest in the Council Chamber on Wednesday, 5th inst., touching the death of William Edwards, whose sudden death was reported in Thursday's West Briton - After viewing the body, John Williams, groom, deposed to meeting the deceased in the Bell passage, when he remarked, "My leg has burst out bleeding again," and he walked up the street as fast as he could. Witness called on John White, brewer, and they followed Edwards to his home. He had reached his mother's house, but soon fainted from loss of blood, and died in a few minutes. The coroner was called in his professional capacity to see him, and he died while he was attending to his leg. -- A verdict of "Death from hemorrhage," was returned.

Mining in Wendron - Mining in Wendron parish, says a contemporary, does not look bright as the new year opens. All the large mines are closed; and, although rumour speaks of the probable re-working of one or two setts ere long, the chances are not favourable. A small portion of East Lovell is still pursuing the even tenor of its way; few mines are employed, little work is being done, and there is not much hope of East Lovell entering the dividend list until richer lodes are cut and more ground excavated. The Lovell is quiet. New Trumpet has passed through the copper, and the miners are now in search of tin. A horizontal engine keeps the mine in fork. Attempts have recently been made to re-work Combellack mine, which, under the management of Capt. Courtis, returned a ton of tin weekly for a considerable period. The sett is jointly held by Mr. Henry ROGERS, of Helston, and Mr. William THOMAS, of Ninnis. One cannot proceed without the other. The former will re-work if the tinstuff can be removed to Grambia Wood stamps; the latter insists that the tinstuff shall be stamped at Ninnis Bottoms. Mr. John CHAMPION is a great tin-producer in Wendron. He began by searching Bodilly Bottoms for alluvial deposits, which paid him well. Latterly he has been employing four or five hands to drive an adit near the ruins of Bodilly Mill. Tin in paying quantities had been obtained, and Mr. Champion is able to sell almost a ton a month. In Porkellis Moor the tin-streamers are active. With tin at a good price Capt. EATHORNE is able to pay his way at Basset and Grylls; and Mr. TRERICE, farther up the valley, can say ditto. Even Mr. Peter PERRY, who every now and then turns to streaming in Medlyn Moor, is getting rich on his periodical sales. Near Fiscar there is a splendid piece of virgin ground, which, in the hands of a strong party of streamers, would yield good profits, in the opinion of those who have examined the deposits. But, after all, tin streaming is so precarious that few persons care to lay out much capital on its development. Security of tenure and a lower tariff of dues are necessary before poor mines can afford to erect costly machinery.

An Afflicted Family - At the meeting of the Redruth Board of Guardians, on Friday last, the following case came on for consideration: - A labourer living at Herland, Gwinear, has a wife and eleven children, the ages of the latter ranging from 25 down to 3. The eldest, a daughter, was shot at in Bristol four months since, and received one bullet in the left side of the neck, another entering the centre of the back. The man who fired the shot subseqently committed suicide by shooting himself. Another daughter, aged ten, was frightened by a dog ten days ago, and has since been suffering from a hysterical affection, and requires careful watching. The medical officer of the district (Dr. MUDGE) reported that the second case was more distressing, if possible, than the first, one person having to be always in attendance on the girl, for fear she might do herself some injury. Dr. Mudge advised the removal of both sisters to the infirmary, as their present abode was destitute of every comfort, and both required constant care and attention. The case was left in the hands of the relieving officer of the district.

Funeral Of A Cornish Centenarian - The funeral of Mr. Thomas KITTOW, of Browda, Linkinhorne, who died on the last day of the old year, aged 100, took place on Thursday. The weather was cold, with showers of snow and rain, and as Browda can only be reached by a long drive, the attendance was not so large as it might otherwise have been. However, a very long string of carriages of various descriptions and a considerable cavalcade of horsemen followed the hearse from the house to Linkinhorne Church, where the burial service was performed by the vicar (Rev. H.W. POLAND) and the assistant-curate (the Rev. FIRTH). The first coaches contained Mr. E.P. Kittow, Patreida (nephew); Richard Kittow, Tredaule; and John Kittow, Stokeclimsland (grand-nephew); Messrs. T.K. DYMOND, Southampton; J. Dymond, jun., Devonport; J. PETER (Peter and Marsack), and Dr. MOLE, Callington; Edward NICHOLLS, Plymouth and Callington; M. TREHANE, Stockaton, Southhill; J.H. Trehane, Stockaton and Plymouth; J.H. DINGLE, Darley and Linkinhorne; Mark GUY, Bodmin; G.G. WHITE and J. PETHYBRIDGE, Launceston; Lewis FOSTER, R. HAWKE, J. ABRAHAM, and W.H. RULE, Liskeard; S. VESPER, jun., Stonehouse; J. WILLCOCKS, J.G. SPEARE, and W. Dymond, Callington; E. Dingle, Tavistock; Lyne, Stokeclimsland; N. COAD, Southhill; J. STEVENS; Jabez NICOLIS, J. Trehane, and Peake GARLAND, Linkinhorne; George, Mark Valley; Seccombe, Liskeard; George HAWKS, Callington; Holloway, Crocker, J. PALMER, and Daniel BRENT, Northhill; Retallack, Linkinhorne; Luskey, Lewannick; Gideon Speare, Stockaton Villa; Medland, Looe. The deceased was buried by his own request in an earth grave, and not in the family vault. It is understood that besides the Browda and other estates Mr. Thomas Kittow has left personal property to the amount of about 75,000. Although there is no written evidence to that effect his family entertain no doubt that he attained his hundredth birthday last August. He came of a long-lived family, in whose hands Browda has been for 500 years or more. There is in the dining-room an old piece of carved wood bearing the date 1602 and the initials 'R.K.' The estate descended to Digory Kittow, the eldest son of the Richard Kittow, whose initials, these are, and Digory Kittow was succeeded by his son Thomas, who died in 1844, aged 84 and was in his turn succeeded by his son Thomas, who is now deceased. Now Browda, it is understood, comes to Mr. John Kittow, of Linkinhorne, Mr. Thomas Kittow's grand-nephew. The drawing-room at Browda contains a fine portrait of the late Mr. Kittow, by Opi(e?), painted when Mr. Kittow was in the prime of life, and including a view of South Caradon mine in the background. The Kittows had only the wealth of ordinary yeomen until the rise of mining in the district, and for 40 years Mr. Thomas Kittow was purser of South Caradon. Upon his retirement in 1867 the shareholders presented him with a piece of plate, but he was still more proud of a clock and an address which were given him by the workpeople on the mine. This clock and address still occupy a prominent place over the dining-room mantel-piece at Browda. The deceased was a Liberal in politics, and was well known and widely respected in the neighbourhood. The funeral arrangements were undertaken by Mr. BODY, of Callington, the hearse and coaches being sent from Webb's Hotel, Liskeard.

A Child Burnt At Bodmin - A serious accident happened to Alice WELLINGTON, aged 14 months, on Sunday afternoon. It appears that Mrs. Wellington, who resides in Downing-street, had put in a good fire and went upstairs to close the windows, leaving the baby and her little boy about four years of age sitting before the fire. She placed the baby at a reasonable distance from the fire, but the boy, in endeavouring to warm the hands of his sister, by some means toppled her into the fire, and she was soon enveloped in flames. The mother hearing a noise, immediately ran downstairs and extinguished the flames, (?) it was found that the child, which now lies in a precarious condition, had been very badly burnt about the face, chest, neck, and left arm.

Funeral Of Mrs. SECCOMBE - Our correspondent, (?) B. HAWKEN, writes: - The funeral of Mrs. Seccombe, Tregawn, Michaelstowe, took place on Monday last, and was largely attended, nearly every house in the parish being represented. The service in the church was conducted by Rev. J.A. KEMPE, vicar of St. Breward, and that at the graveside by Rev. C.J. GILLETT, rector of Michaelstowe. Among others present were Rev. B.C. (?)OWELL, St Breward; J.R. COLLINS, Bodmin; Dr. PEARCE, St. Tudy; Clement Gillett, Wm. HOCKEN, (Trenewth-?-d), Wm. HOCKIN (Tregenn?), H. Hocken, J. NICHOLS, (?) H, RETALLICK, John MAY, St Teath; Nath. HAWKEN, (?) WORDEN, J. PARNELL, Gerrence PETHICK, and a great number of ladies. The coffin was borne to the grave by workman employed on the estate. Miss Janie Gillett played 'Blest are the Departed' with becoming solemnity. The deceased lady was well known, and very much beloved by all who knew her - kind, generous, and (?)pitable both to rich and poor. She has gone down to her grave full of years and honours, and may she rest in peace.

The New Church-Room For Lostwithiel - The store known as the old Bark Mill, situate in Cobblane, at Lostwithiel, is undergoing a complete and extensive transformation, in order to adapt it to the many purposes of a Church-room. The store in the interior is about 44 feet long, and 40 feet wide. The alterations include new windows and doors, as also flooring, ceiling, south wall plastering throughout, and other items. The room will be lit by gas, and the total cost of the work will amount to something like 150. The side windows of the main front are two lights, having circular heads of effective design, fitted into the old window heads. Provision has been made for efficient heating and ventilation of the room, which is much the largest in the town. In the execution of the works economy has been kept well in view, and the vicar of the parish (the Rev. Henry COLLINGS, M.A.) and the committee have worked most energetically in bringing the matter to such a satisfactory issue. The work is being carried out from the plans of Mr. A.E. SKENTELBURY, architect, of Rose-hill, Lostwithiel, by Messrs. John BASSETT (mason) and Henry T. BROWN (carpenter), of the same town, who have, so far, executed their work in a very satisfactory and praiseworthy manner. In consequence of the unfavourable weather the builders have not been able to make much progress of late, but they hope to get in the flooring, which will be of wood, and finish their task in about a month or six weeks time.


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