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REVIEW OF THE YEAR 1863.

i EXECUTION of a WOMAN-DREADFUL…

GARIBALDI AND VICTOR HUGO.

A MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY.

A SAD CHRISTMAS.

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A SAD CHRISTMAS. Early on Friday morning last, a fire broke out in the tavern of Mr. Gameson, Birmingham. In the house at the time were George Gameson, landlord Mrs. Gameson, his wife Mrs. Bradley, an old lady who came that evening to spend her Christmas holi- day; a general servant (name not ascertained); a nurse girl named Spratt, aged about twelve and Mr. Gameson's six children, varying in age from two years to seventeen. The first alarm of fire was given by two young men who happened to be passing at about half-past four o'clock. The landlord, who was sleeping in the back bedroom on the first floor, got out by the window. He had nothing on but his shirt, and seemed to be half mad as he ran about the street calling for some one to help to save his wife and children. A crowd soon col- lected, and a young man brought a ladder, by which Mrs. Gameson was enabled to get out at the window. After a few minutes, which to the affrighted on-lookers appeared to be hours, one of ths garret windows was thrown up and the girl Hancocks, with a fearful cry, threw herself from it into the street, where she fell with a dull sound upon the hard pavement. So sudden, and so unexpectedâfor the window was on the second floor-liad been the action that no one had attempted, or had time to attempt, to break the fall, and the poor girl lay for some time upon the ground as though dead. She, however, recovered speedily, and beyond a slight pain in her side, she did not complain of having received any injury. injury. No sooner had the people recovered from the surprise and delight of this almost miraculous escape, than the other garret window was thrown up, and the boy John appeared at it, and was heard to call upon his sisters t) allo him to throw them through into the street. They did not respond, and the heroic boy, after waiting some time amid the stifling smoke, threw his youngest brother George upon the pavement. The father rushed forward to pick up his youngest horn, and whilst stooping over him, his eldest son fell upon the hard paving stones by his side, having thrown himself from the window to escape impending death. It was nearly an heur before any one could go into the building. Many people volunteered to do so sooner, and the landlord had to be held back by main force from rushing to what would have been a certain death in a hopeless attempt to save his children. When danger to the firemen had ceased, three brave men ascended the escape, and entered the attics. The fi! gt body found was thn t of the old lady, Mrs. Bradley, who lay flat upon the floor, with her head partially under the bed, and her legs extending towards the window. She was partially dressed, and appeared, when she heard the alarm, to have a 'sen and com- menced to dress herself. The children ;.ad their young nurse were found in different parts of this and the other attic, all dead, and some partially burnt. The body of the little boyWillie was quite naked, and charred quite black, whilst Matilda's flowing and beautiful tresses waved in the wind as they had done in life. The ap- pearance of the bodies lead to the belief that death did not come in the cruel form of fire, but that the smoke suffocated the poor creatures, after which the flames partially roasted their dead bodies. Six persons perished.

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