Australian English Genealogy

Descendants of Elizabeth Mitchell

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216. Arthur Reuben Scott

At the Forbes Court House yesterday morning, Mr T. M. Dunn, Coroner, held an inquiry concerning the death of the late Mr Arthur R. Scott, whose death was reported in our Friday's issue. Dr. Delohery deposed: Last Friday, about 7.30 a.m., I received a telephone call from Mrs Michael Cannon, on Bogan-road, asking me to go out to Mr Arthur Scott's at once, as Arthur Scott had cut his throat. I arrived there shortly before 8 o'clock". I was met by a man named Riches, and he told me that Arthur Scott was dead. I went into the bedroom, and saw deceased lying on his back. He was quite dead. There was blood all over the bed. I examined the body, and found an incised wound extending from the sterno mastoid muscle on one side to the sterno mastoid on the other side of the throat. The wound was deeper on the left side than on the right. On the left side all the main blood vessels of the neck were severed. The cause of death in my opinion was hemorrhage. Mr Riches, who was in the room at the time of the examination, showed me a razor which he had picked up off the floor on the right hand side of the bed. I placed the razor on the floor in the position that he said it was when he came into the room. I then advised him not to touch the body or anything in the room until the police arrived. I then came and informed the police. The wound could have been made with the razor found by the bedside.
To the police: I had previous acquaintance with deceased, I treated him professionally recently. About a month ago he had a small abrasion of the leg, caused by a knock from a harvester. This caused him to lay up for a week or so. About a fortnight ago I went out, and treated him for influenza. On Tuesday last I went out to see him, and he was then suffering from indigestion. He was inclined to be depressed and morose. I advised him to go to the  hospital, not so much on account of the indigestion, but on acocunt of his depression. At first he refused to go, and I finally persuaded him to go, but he said he would not go until the Wednesday morning. The following day I received a letter from his wife, in which she said that her husband had decided not to go to the hospital, and asked if I would send some more medicine out. I gave the girl, who was the bearer of the note a prescription to get some medicine from the chemist. That is the last I had to do with him before his death.
Sergeant Ennie deposed: At about 8.46 a.m on the 13th inst., I received a message from Dr. Delohery, saying that a man by the name of Arthur Scott, who resided on Bogan Gate road, had committed suicide by cutting his throat. I proceeded to the residence, and there saw deceased, who was lying on his back on the bed in the front room, just off the verandah. The clothing round his neck and body was saturated with blood. He had an incision in his neck, which extended across the throat from one ear to the other. The body was clad in a shirt, underpants and socks. a Mr Riches, a neighbor, was present when I viewed the body, and was at the house prior to my arrival. I asked him where was the weapon he had cut his throat with. He replied, "There is the razor, lying on the floor." On the right hand side of the body on the floor. I picked up the blood stained razor, which I now produce. The District Coronor and Mr Field were present at the time. Deceased's right arm was lying across his chest, and the left arm was exteded by his side.
Mrs Scott, widow of the deceased deposed: On Friday morning I rose half past four o'clock. After I had given my son his breakfast, I gave my husband a glass of milk. He was in bed at the time. A little after five o'clock I went to milk the cows. I then returned home, and asked my little girl to go and see if her father was right. She ran back, and said he was not in bed. My husband was in bed on the verandah when I gave him the milk. I went to see where he was, and found he had shifted from the verandah to an inside room. He was lying face downwards on the bed. I saw blood on the bed near the pillow. I must have fainted then, because I don't remember any more. About six o'clock, when I recovered, I told my daughter Leila to go for Mr Riches, and I sent another daughter to Mrs Cannon's place, to phone for the doctor, Mr Riches came back, and after a little while Dr. Delohery also came. About October 5 my Iate husband fell off a lorry, and injured his leg. He was in bed for a fortnight as a result of this injury. AImost continuously from that time up till the time of his death, my late husband was confined to his bed. When I took him the drink of milk he said he felt a little better. I asked him if he would be all alright until I got some fresh milk. He replied, "Yes; but don't be too long." I think; he said that because I was almost continuously at his bedside. I did not notice anything strange in his manner that morning. My husband changed very much after the accident. He was depressed, and worried over his crop. My husband's life was insured for £100 in a company of which Mr F Rath is the local agent. My husband and I never quarrelled. I never heard him say that he intended to take his life and he never gave any indication that that was his intention. I have six children, the eldest being fifteen years of age. Deceased was always of a pleasant disposition, and was very kind. My husband did not leave any letter explaining his reason for taking his life. My husband was usually in the habit of shaving himself. There were no strangers about the place that morning. To the police: My husband was alive when I went into .the room first. Thelma Scott, a daughter of deceased, deposed: I reside with my mother, and deceased was my father. Witness gave particulars of the occurrence, and said her sister Leila, who was sent by her mother to see if the father was right, came back and said there was blood on the bed. Father was lying on his face when mother and I entered the room. I turned the body over on to its back. I sprinkled water on his head, and spoke to him. He did not answer.
John Richard Riches deposed: I am a farmer, and reside at Wattle Grove, Forbes. I was a neighbor of the deceased, Arthur Scott. On the 13 th instant one of deceased's daughter came to my place, and said her father was dying. When I arrived at the residence of deceased I saw Mrs Scott. She said, "I do not know what has come over Arthur. She told me, after I inquired, that her husband was in the bedroom. When I went into the room, I saw deceased lying on the bed, and was breathing short. I spoke to him, but received no reply. It was a quarter of an hour in the room before he died. I looked at my watch when he died. It was then 8 o'clock. By the police: I saw a razor lying on the floor. I noticed blood on the razor. I had known deceased for six or seven years. He was a very temperate man. He neither drank nor smoked. I visited him frequently, the last occasion being on the 8th Inst. He appeared quite normal then, but worried a little over the dry weather, and being over stocked with sheep, horses, and cattle. I never heard of Mr and Mrs Scott quarrelling. '' I believe he was a very good husband and a kind father. The Coroner found that Arthur Reuben Scott had died from hemorhage from a wound in his throat wilfully inflicted by himself, on the same day, while suffering from temporary insanity.
Source: Forbes Advocate 17 Dec 1918