- Edition: December 28, 1871 December 28, 1871
Three girls drowned in a brook.
Mr. Holden held an inquest yesterday afternoon, at Dolphinholme, near Lancaster, upon the bodies of Jane Cook, aged four years, and Elizabeth Ann Cook, aged nine years, the daughters of a gardener. They were out walking with Margaret Corless, a girl aged six years, and whilst attempting to cross a private bridge composed of planks across the Wyre, on the estate of Henry Garnett Esq. of Wyreside, the elder girl slipped and fell into the river, taking the other two children, whom she was leading, with her.
There being a strong current and no assistance at hand, all were drowned. Corless body was not recovered until after the inquest had been held on the others, in which case a verdict of "Accidentally drowned" was returned.