Brett Volume 10: Chapter LXVIII - Hastings 1862
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Chapter LXVIII Hastings 1862
Accidents and Fatalities (pg. 1)
Town Council meetings (The harbour contention)
Town council Transactions
Concerts-and Public Entertainments – Special Dinners, Suppers, etc.
The Lancashire Distress (For the relief of Lancashire)
The Local Collections
Schools and School Treats
A new Ragged School Building proposed
The Ragged School
The Ragged School Bazaar
The Drowning of Nine Fishermen
The Fishery Vicissitudes
"Sympathy for the Afflicted”
The Autumn Flower Show
Hastings at the Exhibition
Sudden deaths and Inquests
Lectures at Hastings – “The Millennial Rest" by Rev. Dr. Cumming
Dr. Cumming's Lectures
Lectures at Hastings
The Town Council not what it ought to be
Our Volunteer Soldiers
The Regatta and other events
The Queens Hotel
Hastings Mechanics' Institution.
Accidents and Fatalities
A child killed On the 29th of December (1861), Robert Kent, a child about 7 years of age was seen to have fallen upon him a pole from a timber-tug, just by the Watch-house Bank, and when picked up, he neither cried or spoke. A surgeon was quickly in attendance, but the child died within quite a short time.
Smash and Death. The loss of a pony and the smashing of a plate-glass front was the result of an accident which occurred on Friday, Feb. 28th, in George street. A runaway pony, together with a cart, belonging to a young man of the name of Barnes, got into contact with a shop front lately in the occupation of Mr. John Bevins, whereby the glass and several articles in the window were broken, and the animal so seriously injured as render it necessary to deprive it of life. The damage and loss was estimated at about £40.
A Serious Accident occurred to John Rollinson, a carter to Mr. Neve, of Ore, on the 15th of March. He had mounted a horse's back, side-saddle fashion, and when near Salter's Lane, fell backwards upon his head. He was removed to a house in a senseless state. He was afterwards conveyed to his home, and ultimately recovered.
Another Pony and Cart Accident. On Tuesday, March 18th, 1933-1935a pony took fright in Eversfield place, and ran towards Claremont at a rapid pace. Its career was stopped by the contact of the vehicle to which is was attached to a house in Trinity street. The gentleman in charge was thrown out, but was comparatively unhurt, whilst his carriage was smashed and the pony greatly injured.
A Gentleman named Ware, on the evening of March 24th, had a serious fall, on leaving the Music Hall, after Mr. Butler's reading, which rendered him for a time unconscious. He was immediately attended by Mr. J. C. Savery, but his advanced age and shock to the system were likely to retard his recovery.
Fortunate Escapes.-On the 24th of April, some lady-visitors were being conveyed in a hired carriage to Hollington, when the fore part of the vehicle separated from the other portion, but the ladies were more frightened than hurt. On the 26th, two days later, as a gentleman's carriage was descending the Old London road, near Halton House, the horse ran away, and getting in contact with another carriage, both vehicles were upset and broken; yet, strange to say, although there were eleven persons in and upon the two carriages, no one was seriously hurt. Another two days passed, when a horse-truck laden with timber, was drawn at a rapid pace by a run-a-way animal down High street, through the Fishmarket (dispersing a crowd of fighting men) and up through Bourn street, where, at length, the horse was stopped without having sustained any damage.
The Evil Effects of Drink were exhibited on the 9th of May, when a young man, while walking through Robertson street, was accosted by another young man who had just emerged in a state of intoxication from a public house. Some scuffling took place, and the drunken man fell backwards, his head coming in contact with the pavement with sufficient force to cause an immense hemorrhage(sic). Pg.2 The poor fellow was taken to the Infirmary where he continued for a considerable time in a precarious and almost hopeless state.
Fatal Accident On the 24th of June, a man of the name of Burt, while assisting in gathering up the last load of hay on the West Hill, was thrown off the waggon by a sudden movement of the horse. A serious injury was inflicted on the head and spine of the unfortunate man, who was taken to the Infirmary, but died on the following day.
A Gun Accident of a serious nature occurred at Battle on the evening of the 11th of July, by which an alarming injury was inflicted on a little girl, 8 years of age. The child thus injured was the daughter of Mr. T. S. Hide, assistant Town Clerk of Hastings. A son of Mr. Matthis, about 7 years of age, having been enquired for the little girl bounded out of the room, saying "I'll find Freddy for you" and immediately encountered the charge of a gun by the undesigning "Freddy", who it was supposed had taken up the weapon from some place, where an older member had inadvertently left it. On rushing to the spot, Mr. Mathis found the poor child on the ground with her neck, chest and face blackened with powder and covered with blood. The cuticle of the face had been penetrated by the grains of powder and on the left side of the neck were two frightful wounds of almost a finger's length. Two Battle surgeons were quickly in attendance, and soon after another surgeon from Hastings, together with the child's father appeared on the scene. The child's sufferings were great, and for two or three days, her life was despaired of.
Numerous Accidents occurred during the week which ended on the 23rd of August. Besides the case of poor Hilder, the flyman, described in the preceding chapter, there were the following:- A gentleman fractured a leg by slipping down a bank at the Dripping Well. A carter of the name of Horace Quaife, whilst endeavouring to stop a run-away horse, was thrown down, and so much injured, that he afterwards died in the Infirmary. Mr. Sparks, of Mercatoria, was seriously injured by falling from a window, and a lad named Page, fell out of a boat off Hastings, and was rescued from drowning by two fishermen.
Horse Accidents would make up a tolerably long catalogue of casualties during a year; yet, are they thought but little of in comparison of railway accidents. Two of such casualties are described above, one of them having proved fatal to human life. Three others took place within a few days afterwards. A horse belonging to Mr. West, received a fright in Havelock road on the 27th of August, and after galloping at full speed into Castle street, overturned the van to which it was harnessed, and caused considerable damage to both the van and a carriage with which it collided. The latter having been changed by the owner for another, the substituted carriage was also run away with by the horse to which it was attached. The third horse accident was of a more serious character, but as occurring in St. Leonards, is Pg.3 described in the preceding chapter (Vol. 9).