THE RISKS OF LODGING HOUSE KEEPERS
At the Llandudno County Court, on Thursday, his Honour Sir Horatio Lloyd and a jury tried an action, remitted from the superior courts, in which Lorenzo Grinsell, silversmith, of Handsworth, Birmingham, was sued by James Lever, of Milford House, Colwyn Bay, to recover £44 18s. balance of rent due, and damages for the negligent introduction into the house of a case of infectious disease. Mr Douglas (instructed by Messrs Pugh and Nunn) appeared tor the plaintiff, and Mr R. A. Dale (instructed by Mr R. R. Dale) for the defendant. The defendant's family took apartments at Milford House in August last. On the following day his daughter, who had been complaining of indisposition before her arrival, was taken so seriously ill that Dr Frazer was called in, and he pronounced it to be a case of scarlet fever. The other lodgers became alarmed, and left at the earliest opportunity, Mr Grinsell expressing his willingness to take the entire house up to the end of September. He left on September 23, the house being in a dirty condition. The defence, in support of which evidence as given by Dr Frazer, Nurse Harper, of the Liverpool Institution, and other witnesses, was that there were no premonitory indications of fever, and that every reasonable precaution had been observed in the way of isolation. The jury found for the defendant on the ground that he was not aware on August 1st that his girl was suffering from infectious disease.
Source: North Wales Observer and Express - 8th May 1891