Terrible Fall DOWN HOTEL LIFT WOMAN KILLED MELBOURNE, Monday.
A dreadful accident happened at the Federal Coffee Palace In Collins street on Saturday, when Mrs Alice Warner, who was making a few hours stay at the place, fell down the lift well from the fifth floor to tbe bottom, and was killed instantaneously. The lady, who was 65 years of age, was with her husband, who Is a State school teacher in New South Wales, and had just returned from a fortnight’s holiday In Adelaide. Mr and Mrs Warner arrived from Adelaide on Saturday morning, and engaged a room at the Federal Coffee Palace, intending to go on to Sydney by the afternoon express. Shortly after 10 o’clook, when they were both in their room, on the fifth floor, Mrs Warner left to go to the lavatory, the door of which is close to that of the luggage lift, which runs right up to the seventh floor. Almost immediately afterwards Mr Warner heard a loud cry from the direction in which Mrs Warner had gone. He saw the door which led into the lift well standing open, and his mind immediately jumped to the terrible surmise that his wife had fallen into the well. His calls summoned the hotel carpenter, who was on duty, and they descended together. About nine feet from the bottom the life well ends and in this place they located the unfortunate lady lying dead. The distance which she had fallen was about 80 feet, and death must have been instantaneous.