John Johnson

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Witness at Frances Coles' inquest.

Deputy at the Victoria Chambers lodging house, 40 Upper East Smithfield. Appeared on the last day of the Coles inquest and stated:

"On the early morning of Friday, February 13, Sadler came to the lodging-house, about a quarter-past 1, and asked for a bed, but said he had no money. I told him he could not have a bed without the money. He then began to abuse me very much. I noticed on the left side of his face a scratch, as though he had fallen on his face. I did not notice any blood on his face. He went away soon after, but I do not know in what direction he went. At 6 p.m. the same day he came again and begged my pardon. He then took his bag (a seaman's) up to No. 36 room. I noticed that his head was hurt, and he told me that he had had it dressed at the London Hospital. He stayed there that night, and the next day the police came and took his bag away."[1]


  1. Inquest report, The Times, 28th February 1891