The sad story of Mary Ann Queree

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The sad story of Mary Ann Queree


Mary Ann Queree never left her bed after being gravely injured in an apparent suicide attempt in 1896, and died 33 years later

The Jersey Times report of the incident in 1896

What appears to be a case of attempted soucide occurred last Monday evening at about a quarter to six at La Folie, just opposite the public house kept by Mr J Adams. The victim, a domestic servant, met with shocking injuries.

About the hour mentioned, Mr Adams, who was at tea with his family, distinctly heard groans coming from the direction of the roadway, and on going to the spot, found a woman lying across the pavement with her feet in the roadway and her head towards the wall, which at that spot is some 35 feet high.

A soldier belonging to the Army Service Corps, named Hartley, had arrived on the scene a moment or so before Mr Adams, and these two at once recognised the fact that the woman had fallen from the roadway above.

The groans of the woman soon ceased, and it was impossible to tell if she was dead or alive, but prompt assistance was rendered, and Centenier Le Roux, who just happened to pass in his van, drove the victim, accompanied by Mr Adams, to the Police Station and thence to the General Hospital.

On examination several ribs were found to be broken as well as the pelvis, while a large bruise on the lower part of the back showed where the woman had first struck the roadway.

The seriousness of the injuries was at once apparent, and no hopes are entertained of the victim's recovery.

The patient remained unrecognised until Monday morning, when she was identified as one Mary Ann Queree, a domestic servant in service at No 2 Thornton Villas, King's Cliff.

How the affair happened is, of course, at present a mystery, but there is every reason to suppose that the woman threw herself over.

There were no marks of violence on her whatever, while above nothing but several footprints within a few feet of the wall, evidently her own, could be seen.

Although Mr Adams heard nothing beyond the groans, his grandson, who was in an outbuilding at the time distinctly heard the woman fall, and states that when she struck it was just as if a bag of bones had been thrown over.

On enquiry at the General Hospital on Tuesday afternoon we learn that the woman's condition shows no improvement, and is practically hopeless. She remains unconscious, beyond slight movements when touched, and recognises no one.

The spot where the woman was found is, by a strange coincidence, within three or four yards of the spot where previous fatalities have occurred.

As illustrating the force with which a person must strike the ground falling from such a height, we might mention that the woman's hat was found just outside the gateway of Mr Adam's house, a distance of at least 20 yards from where the woman was found.

From later enquiries made we learn that the victim has partiallyh regained consciousness and though able to recognise her mistress, Mrs Brancher, was unable to converse. The woman, it appears, left the house, where she is cook, shortly after two o'clock on Monday afternoon all right, there being nothing to indicate that she was in any way deranged or melancholy.

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