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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 1, 1921, Lethbridge, Alberta ALL TO LOCAL WBHUI TOW ntraor XlWt 10? IT I THE LETHBRIDGE DAILY HERALD i mn iMttor LOCAL NEWS TUKSIMY, MAHQ1 1, 1921 KKTHBHiDOK. ALBKHTA. EASE WITH WHICH POISON CAN BE SECURED IS ROUNDLY CRITICIZED IN INQUEST HERE ttidor of Coroner's Jury in Death of .Little Florence at the Inquest At ilio inquest held on Monday af- ternoon over the death of the six- yenr-old girl. Floronce Flyd.ngi. the jury, composed of D. St.clclcy. H. Fife, Geo, Porter, T. Lougworth. 11. Forbes ami Wm. Oliver, Jr., returned the fol- lowing verdict: "We. the jury, believe that Florence Rydiugs came to her death -by being bichloride of mercury, admin- istered by bur mother, .Mrs. Sarah Aim Rydings, whom we believe, by -evi- dence given by three'medical men oC the city, to be in a demented condi- tion at the time. "We add the following rider: We .would take the liberty of culling the attention of the attorney-general's de- partment that some legislation should be enacted which should prevent drug- KigtB from handing out poisonous drugs without some restrictions as to quantity." A Fatal Poiton Dr. Wray testified us to the condi- tion of the mother and the girl when be attended to them in the hospital and to his applying instant remedies to counteract the poisou taken. The bichloride of mercury wag a poison, three grains of which would prove a fatal dose; the tablets in the pos- session of the demented woman each contained grains of the poison. Dr. Thomson deposed to Mrs. Ryd- Ings calling at his office with vague statements as to her having had can- cer from men at her house spitting in the food and that the C.P.R. were against her in not permitting her to leave the city. On a second occasion she brought witness a parcel of tea and sugar which she wanted esam- in'ed, as she said it contained poison, lie saw that the woman was dement- ed and phoned the police. Dr. Lafferty testified to the .woman visiting him and asking that two men should be examined as she had con- tracted disease from them. He saw that the woman was not in her right mind. The Sale of the Poiton Mr. McCaffrey, druggist, North Lethbridge, stated that he sold the woman the bichloride of mercury on January ISth. He knew her as a cus- tomer. In reply to the coroner. Mr. Humphries, he said that the mercury was used for the purposes oC a disin- fectant' for outward 'application, and 1 hat no prescription was necessary for serving It to cuHtomers. It was the custom to place the name of the individual hi the poison book. Mrs. Kydings seemed in a normal state or mind when she obtained the tablets. Strychnine for gophers could be obtained by farmers without a pre- ticrlptloni' There were aonje poisons which retiuired prescriptions before they could be served to customers, while others, such as the bichloride of mercury and strychnine, did not re- quire them. This brought from the coroner a strong comment as to the easy procedure by -which these pois- ons, with small quantities only neces- sary to cause death, could be obtained, nnd he drew attention to the danger of a demented woman being in posses- sion of poison sufficient to poison a number of people. In his charge to the jury later, he asked that a rider should he added to their verdict as to the danger of tilling poison in un- restricted Quantities, as in the present case. Saw the Tablets Swallowed It transpired iu the evidence pro- duced that J. Kane taw the woman rake the tablets and give them to the child in the lane running from 5th St. liy the Dallas hotel, just before Con- stable Alford came up. Woman Could Not Be Detained Jit respect to the getting out of the police station by the woman, Coroner j .Humphries stated that there bad been i Home public criticism, and in the cir- fiunstances he considered it only right to say that there was no blame attached to (.he police in the in that thi woman was not under ar- i rest at Ifyfi time and was quite free j to .walk out without being detained. The Getaway JJetective Sid of the city police, gave evidence as to bis hav- ing to coax the woman to the station for the purpose of having her case inquired into. Re Had gone Into the inner office with Mr. T-CirUliani, who was acting for Mr. Ball, city solicitor. to phone for the who was at liis dinner, tliat the woman was there, when she camo to the door and over- heard Mr. Kirkham saying1 she was iTAzy. whereupon, bs it transpired. the took hold of the child and rushed rut. ThiH v.ras corroborated by Dr. 'Thomson, who at the station at the time. Me r.vent out ami aaw the woman with tho ch ild going as far Is 5th street and then turning with (he intention, an lirs supposed, of re- turn ins lo thn station. U'iillts, con- firming his evidence, said that when tiiul, sho WUK uixmt and when joins to her sho nmhed away from him. lie follom-nd her, and when he saw her turn into the lane he took a taxi and went en to the other end to in- tercept her. Ko sooner had he got up to the woman and the child when he saw that they had wallowed some' poison the tips of their tongues were blue and they could hardly spoilk. They were mailed to the hos- pital, with Dr. Wray summoned. Witness Arrcttfed A man named gave evi- dence as to cohabiting with the wom- an and to helping her with money. At the close of the inquest he was placed under arretst, to bo brought up on the charge of contributing to the delinquency of the child. Sanitary Inspector Vallance gava evidence as to visiting the premises of the woman, wheu notified by Chief Gillespie, In respect to complaints made, and to hid seeing her outside and her refining him admittance. In respect to the knife found in the possession of the woman, this was discovered aftar she had taken the poison. IEN FIND CONDITIONS VERY CAM OUTLOOK POOR I1. R. VISITOR All Stock Has Come Through in Splendid All Sold Now Conditions liavo been itieiil For bringing ewes up to the lambing sea- son. N. secmtarj- of the South Alberta Wool Growers' as- sociation this morning reported sheep in fine shape, and J. D. Wat- son, of the Knight-Watson Ranching company, said ewes were never in better condition. The mild winter and the feed con- ditions have been favorable to tne sheep breeders and a good crop of lambs is looked for all over the south. Limbing will not commence (or a month yet but the ewen are entering this period in splendid shape. j Cattle Busineu Not Roay Something will bare to in the spring in the cattle buslnem Mr. Watson said. Either the market will have to bolster up with -better prices or the producers will have to find some way to keen down production so that better prices for them will have to naturally come. The west has never been stuck yet. he said, and he feeli