From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque
Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 31 August, 1844.
On Monday an inquest was held at the “Rose Inn,” Biggin Street, before
G. T. Thompson, Esq., Coroner for the Borough, on the body of Charles
Chaplin, aged 34 years. It appeared from the evidence, that the deceased
was a sawyer by trade, and that on the Sunday night previous to his
decease, he went to bed at the “Game Cock” public-house. In the morning
he remained in the room after the lodgers had gone down stairs, and when
the servant went to make the beds, seeing him in bed tried to wake him,
but could not do so. Being much alarmed at his appearance, she
immediately went to her mistress, who sent for Dr. Rutley, who upon his
arrival pronounced him dead.
The Jury having declared there was no evidence to show how the deceased
came to his death, the Coroner adjourned the enquiry till Tuesday
morning, in order that Mr. Rutley might make a post mortem examination.
The Jury having re-assembled on Tuesday morning, Mr. Rutley stated that
he had made a post mortem examination, and had found the heart much
enlarged, and he attributed death to disease of the heart. The Jury then
returned a verdict “That the deceased died by the Visitation of God.”
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 14 December, 1844. Price 5d.
DOVER POLICE REPORT
William Newing was charged with an assault on James Timan. After
hearing evidence of a very conflicting nature, the bench being of an
opinion that the assault was committed during a contest between the
parties, who are the landlords of rival beer shops, the "Game Cock" and
"Horse and Jockey," in New Street,
inflicting a penalty of 15s. including costs.