Times Past

Jane Wood (83), a widow, who was said to have lived for several years on ten shillings a week, and latterly on five shillings, and to have supported her lazy son at the same time, was found dead in a small room in Dillington Street, Westminster.

Jane Wood (83), a widow, who was said to have lived for several years on ten shillings a week, and latterly on five shillings, and to have supported her lazy son at the same time, was found dead in a small room in Dillington Street, Westminster.

The room, it was stated at the inquest, was in an indescribable state of filth.

The pension of ten shillings a week the old lady had received from the Earl of Sefton, paid through the Charity Organisation Society, was reduced to five shillings when she got the old age pension. However, this pension was later withdrawn owing to the son living on his mother, and also owing to the deplorably filthy condition in which they existed.

The woman had refused to go to the workhouse.

Dr Trevor described the revolting conditions under which the woman’s body was found, and said that death, even at her great age, was accelerated by neglect and the want of medical care.

The jury returned a verdict of death by natural causes, accelerated by self-neglect.

Minister’s wife-desertion

At Kingston-on-Thames on Saturday, the Rev. Alfred William Jarvis Cazaly (43), described on the charge sheet as a dissenting minister, of 16 Salterford Road, Tooting, was sentenced to a month’s hard labour for deserting his wife and five children and leaving them chargeable to the Kingston Union.

He was also sentenced to a further month’s imprisonment, without hard labour, for being in arrears on a maintenance order due to his wife.

Once too often

John Jamieson (63) was sentenced to three months’ hard labour for fraud. He posed as a wealthy Scotch manufacturer about to open works in the south, calling on property owners with houses for sale and after making a pretence at coming to terms “borrowed” small amounts of money with the excuse that he had forgotten his purse.

When an elderly lady began to doubt him he tried to get away, but she shut him in the dining room and kept him until a policeman came.