Sad Election Incident
A sad occurrence has just taken place
Paul Rawnsley, grocer and cigar merchant, High Street, has been
suffering from inflammation of the lungs.
He was visited by his medical
advisor, Mr Hepworth, surgeon, last Thursday morning.
This gentleman cautioned
him against going down to the polling booth to record his vote (it being the day
of the election in the Otley Division) and Rawnsley said he should not do so.
However, during the morning a covered
carriage was sent for him and he was persuaded to be carried down to the board
schools (South View), a distance of only a few hundred yards. This
however proved to be too much for him and he became much worse.
On Monday morning Mr Jessop, surgeon of
Leeds, was sent for but after an examination he said he could do him no good.
The unfortunate man gradually sank and died about four o'clock on Monday
Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archive, research by Edwy Harling
Further text by Christine Lovedale
The General Election of 1885 took place between
the 24th of November and 18th of December, it was the first time the majority
of adult males had been given the vote.
The Liberal party won the election,
William Gladstone becoming Prime Minister.
Perhaps Mr Rawnsley had been eager to vote for
the first time or a political party sent the carriage for him?