a bad accident

Last friday se’night a bad accident happened at Belton; one John Skermer a farmer of that place, a few months ago mixed some Arsnic and water together in a quart bottle, with which he dressed his children who had the Itch, and there being some left in the bottle, he locked it up in a drawer in his kitchen, and on friday morning having occasion to search the drawer for something, he took out the bottle and set it on the dresser, but forgot to put it in the drawer again, and soon after the men in the field wanted some beer, a little girl, daughter to Mr. Skermer, took the bottle imagining it was empty, filled it with small beer and gave it unto her brother who took it with him into the field, and he and his father’s servant man and a labourer all drank of it. The servant man soon after complained of being ill, and drank a large quantity of water, which swelled him very much, and though all possible assistance was had, he died on saturday morning. The son and the labourer are both likely to recover. The Coroner’s Inquest sat on the body and brought in their virdict Accidental Death.
++Last week one Simeon Sutton of Thedingworth in this county, was returning out of Thedingworth field, with a gun upon his shoulder, which being charged and upon half cock, accidentally went off and shot one Richard Roe, of Thedingworth, who was riding a few yards behind, dead upon the spot. A young woman who rode behind the deceased received several shot in her head and fell from the horse but is likely to recover; the deceased desired Sutton to take the gun from his shoulder least the horse should be frightened, and he told him he would, but in moving it it accidentally went off. The Coroner’s Inquest sat on the body and brought in their virdict Accidental Death.
++Last week as Francis Allsop, son of Mr. Allsop of Wanlip, was riding by the side of a waggon, near Quarndon, the horse slipped with him beside the Turnpike-road and afterwards took fright and threw him against a Stone, by which he was killed upon the spot. The Coroner’s Inquest sat on the body and brought in their virdict Accidental Death.