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Fulfilment of a Dream

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Fulfilment of a DreamFULFILMENT OF A DREAM. – An inquest was held at Sheffield, before Mr. Thomas Badger, coroner, on the body of Mr. Charles Holmes, button manufacturer, Clough house lane, who had been found drowned on Monday morning in the Lead mill dam in that town. The deceased left his home on Saturday night in company with his wife; they walked through the town together, and about nine o’clock, at which time they were at the top of Union street, he said to her, “I’m going to leave thee here Fanny.” She said, “Are you?” and he replied, “Yes, I want to see an old friend who is going to Birmingham on Monday, and he is to be here.” She said to him, “Well, Charlie, don’t stop long, because I do feel queer about that dream,” and he replied, “Oh, don’t say that; I’ll just have a glass and then come home. Go and get the supper ready, and I’ll come directly.” She then left him. When he got into the house he was invited to drink with his friend, but he exhibited some reluctance, saying that on the night before his wife had dreamed that she saw him dead in a public house, and that she had dreamed a similar dream about a week before. Unfortunately, however he yielded to the temptation, got drunk, and did not leave the public house till after twelve. He was accompanied part of the way home by his friend, and was never afterwards seen alive. Near his house are the Lead mill dams, and, in consequence of his not returning home, his wife felt convinced that he had fallen in and got drowned. A search was made, and on Monday his body was found in water, and was removed to the Royal Standard public house, where his wife saw the body, and identified it as that of her husband. The jury returned a verdict of “Found drowned,” and recommended that an opening in the wall, near the dam, through which it is supposed he had fallen, should be built up. – Manchester Examiner.