Date: 30 Jul 1906
Place: Deansgate, Manchester
Hilda Arbuthnot was found dead in in a lock-up in Deansgate.
She was a domestic servant.
The lock-up was occupied by a hairdresser who said that he had given the key to the premises to a traveller on 29 July 1906.
The traveller said that on the Saturday night he had met Hilda Arbuthnot and taken her to the premises and that while he was there she had become ill and he left. He said that he returned an hour later and found that she was dead.
Her death was stated to be due to syncope but that there was no clue as to what had caused it.
An open verdict was returned and both the hairdresser and the traveller should be censured. He said that the case was left in a very unsatisfactory condition.
The Coroner noted that on the traveller’s own story he had behaved like a blackguard and a coward and had blackened his own character in the process and said that he would certainly have to answer to a higher authority.
see London Daily News - Wednesday 22 August 1906