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1915 Court

Today at the Scarborough County Court, Hannah Cox, widow, a nurse, of 1, Burn’s Yard, Hope Street, sued Philip Beddall, School Attendance Officer, 50, Mayville Avenue, for £3 10s, “wages for nursing”.

Mr J Whitfield, solicitor, was for the defendant.

Mrs Cox said she claimed the money from defendant for nursing John Smith (88), at the almshouses opposite the Workhouse in Scarborough, who died on January 5th. Smith had an accident, and witness said she nursed him. Beddall, “who had to do with his money, club money,” stating he would pay her. She was not to leave him. This was after witness said that she could not nurse him for nothing. She was to have 5s a week, and she nursed him 26 weeks. That was in 1910, and he got better. After that he went to the Workhouse Infirmary, and he died in January this year. Witness had received part of the money for the nursing from, she alleged, Mr Turnbull, solicitor, deceased going to the office of Mr Turnbull with her.

By Mr Whitfield: Mr Smith made a will in her favour. She did not know he had made another will. Smith had a policy in the Royal Liver Friendly Society. Messrs Turnbull were consulted by witness and they got her the money she had received. After Smith died, she again consulted Messrs Turnbull, who wrote to Mr Beddall as to a certain Oddfellows’ benefit. The latter decided not to make any grant to Mrs Cox.

Mr Whitfield: Why did you try to get money in this way if Mr Beddall was responsible?

Witness said she tried to get it and Beddall told her to go to Mr Todd, relieving officer, and the latter said: “Has not the man paid you yet? Put him into court at once,” (loud laughter, in which the judge joined in). Later witness said a man had told her that “she would have some bother with Beddall – he would shuffle out of it if he could,” (laughter).

William Weatherill, 9a, Back James Street, said he heard Mr Beddall say to Mrs Cox that he would “see her all right.”

Mr Whitfield said his client was no relative of Smith’s. He never engaged Mrs Cox or agreed to pay her. He was secretary of a lodge Smith belonged to, and he assisted him in certain ways. He had entered into an arrangement with Smith to pay for the latter’s wife’s tombstone, to take over a policy for £13 18s in the Royal Liver Friendly Society. He gave an understanding to pay to Messrs Hepples for a tombstone £7 12s 6d, and he agreed to pay Mrs Cox, through Turnbull, £3. Beddall paid premiums on the policy, and was actually £1 4s 2d out of pocket. Beddall said he would do what he could for Mrs Cox from Oddfellows’ Society. As a matter of fact, Smith got all the benefits he was entitled to.

Defendant, in the box, said he had been Oddfellows’ secretary for 40 years. He assisted Smith in various ways. Witness never entered into an arrangement with Mrs Cox to pay her for the nursing. Compensation money and pension money would be received by Smith, or Mrs Cox.

Mrs Cox said she and Smith had 8s 9d a week to live on. She sold some of her things 
to live on.

His Honour found for defendant, telling Mrs Cox that anything further than the £3 she required she, as executrix of deceased, would have to pay herself.

Mrs Cox said there was not a halfpenny to get, and she had not received a halfpenny under the will.