Poisoned By Mistake
John Hughes, aged 16 years, son of Cadwalladder
Hughes of Yeadon, labourer, being afflicted with worms, was sent on Thursday
week by his mother for a powder to the shop of Mr W F Martin of that place,
chemist and druggist.
Instead, however, of following the directions given, he
went to the establishment of N Wormald, grocer, who ( from the fact of the lad
having only recently come out of Wales where he had been brought up and
consequently being unable to speak the English Language very perfectly ),
understood him to ask for vermin powder and accordingly supplied the boy with
The packet was properly labelled with the word
"Poison" but the youth, on his arrival home, pulled off the outside
wrapper and threw it in the fire.
The father mixed up the powder with some
sugar and the lad took it.
He was at once seized with alarming illness and
after the most intense suffering died about 5 o'clock the following
An inquest was held on the body at the Commercial Inn (Tarn Hotel
built on same site), Yeadon before Mr G Dyson, coroner.
A verdict of "Died
from strychnine taken in mistake" was returned.
Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling