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25th October 1828


On. Saturday last, an inquest was held at the Black Bull Inn, Mirfield, on the body of a child 5 years old, daughter of Mr. Thomas Lawton, of Mirfield, who was killed by the wheel of a loaded cart passing over her. It appeared in evidence before the Jury, that the deceased was going to school, and with her book in her hand, was plying her lesson whilst crossing the highway; just at the moment a loaded cart, driven by Ephraim Wood, of Slaithwaite, was passing, which threw her down and passed over her. The driver was sitting on the hind part of the cart with his back to the h o r s e . After maturely considering the case, the jury gave a verdict of manslaughter, and the driver, who is a young man of excellent character, and very respectable connexions, was committed to York Castle to take his trial for the offence.

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