p.2 THE INKERMANN VERDICT
We have read the verdict in the Inkermann Explosion case, and having also read the evidence given before the Coroner, must admit, that considering the serious nature of an oath, are rather puzzled to understand how such a verdict had been arrived at.
The material facts elicited by the evidence with reference to the Owners of the Boat were simply that the boilers was new and uncommonly strong, that the Engineer got particular instructions from one of them, and also from the maker of the boiler to introduce nothing into it but water, and that the other remained constantly on board, thereby exposing his life to danger, if he believed any such danger to exist, which he did not; for he swears he had full confidence in the Engineer.
Now, to attach blame to the Owners in the face of such evidence, which has not been contradicted in any one point, appeared so extraordinary that we took the trouble to enquire into the kind of materials the Jury was composed of, and we have been informed by one of those who saw them, that "a harder set of hard cases, you could not meet with in a long summer day;" in short, were such men as the Coroner's Constable would pick up out of the streets.
Coupling this information with the novel erudition displayed in the composition of the Verdict, and suspecting the consumption of one full calendar month in arriving at that Verdict, was perhaps not less owing to a desire on the part of "the Jury" to attract the attention of the public to their own unusual prominancy on the occasion, than to protect the lives of her Majesty's lieges, we come to the conclusion that it would be well for the Legislature when making laws on the subject of Boiler Explosions, as recommended by "the Jury," to make provision for selecting Coroner's Juries whose verdicts would likely be dictated by common sense, facts and intelligence, instead of by prejudice, ignorance and passion.
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