Evening Express and Evening Mail, Friday, August 4, 1905.
Mr R J Rhys (coroner) held an inquest at Merthyr on Thursday touching the death of France's Power, a widower, lodging at 15 William Street, Caepantwyll, who was killed by falling downstairs early on Tuesday morning.
It appeared from the evidence of Nathaniel Collins, a fellow lodger , that the deceased came home on Monday night under the influence of drink. He lay down on the bed without undressing, and after some time he got up. In the darkness he stumbled, and fell down the staircase, to which there was no protection beyond a slight bannister. He broke his neck.
It was stated by Police constable Scott that the deceased, who was 49 years of age, had served as a soldier in the Zulu war, Egyptian, and South African wars.
The Coroner commented upon the dangerous nature of the staircases in many workmen's houses, and a Juryman mentioned that there were hundreds of old houses in the town in which similar staircases were to be found - The Jury returned a verdict of Accidental death.