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County Express
incorporating
BRIERLEY HILL, STOURBRIDGE, KIDDERMINSTER & DUDLEY NEWS
SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE & EAST WORCESTERSHIRE CHRONICLE


Vol. 2, No. 53 ] SATURDAY, 4th., JANUARY, 1868 [ Price 1d.

SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF A YOUNG WOMAN AT ROUND OAK.
Inquest on Body.

On yesterday forenoon an adjourned inquest was held at the Royal Oak Inn, before W.H.Phillips, deputy coroner, on the body of Eliza Bagley, who was found dead yesterday week at the Railway Bridge at Round Oak, under circumstances recorded in last week's Express.......

Henry Dabbs said: I am engine driver at the Round Oak iron works, and live at Harts Hill.......I always work at night........I always worked in the same place. It was not near the line, it was against the level.......I have seen the place where she was found at the bridge. It is a dangerous place to pass.

Charles Snow deposed: I am goods guard in the employ of the Great Western Railway Company. Do not know the deceased. At a quarter to five in Friday morning we were drawing coal from Round Oak Station, when at the bridge, just against the points, I stepped out, and saw the body of a young woman. She was against the wall....between the wall and the wooden stage,....as if she had fallen right on her head. She was close against the wall in the corner. She could have fallen in that position. The wall was, I should judge, four or five and twenty feet high....

William Jeffries said: I am mine agent of the Earl of Dudley. Know the Round Oak Works. Know the spot where the body was found. It was on the railway, on the north west corner of the works, at the back of the offices, the bridge is fifteen or sixteen feet high....The two ordinary watchmen, three engine cleaners, and one boy were on the works.......Dabbs was not at work till twelve o'clock, as there was nothing to do. He worked under William Griffin, head cleaner.

Henry Dabbs was recalled. He said: I did not go to work that night till twelve o'clock, and left work about seven o'clock in the morning.......

The jury returned a verdict to the effect that "Deceased came to her death by suffocation, caused by an accidental fall".