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Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1829, Sunday, April 17, 1831.

On Thursday, Mr. Stirling, the coroner, and a respectable jury, assembled at the Elephant and Castle public house, Pancras road, St. Pancras, to inquire touching the death of Mrs. Maria Broughton, a respectable and independent lady, aged 78, who came to her death in consequence of throwing herself into the Regent's Canal. It appeared that the lady was a person of very eccentric habits, and occasionally a little deranged, from a fracture she had received on the skull when a child. On Saturday she went, as she said, to take an airing, and must have proceeded almost directly to the canal and thrown herself in. She was taken out by a gentleman named Halsted, and carried to the Oxford Arms public house, when two surgeons were sent for, who however did not use any means to restore her. The lady shortly after revived, and requested she might be taken home. She, however, was removed to the station-house by some policemen, and from thence to the infirmary, but died on the road. The jury returned a verdict. "That the deceased threw herself into the water while in a state of derangement, and that her death was accelerated by improperly removing her from the Oxford Arms to the station-house, and then to the workhouse."