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MURDER IN BIRMINGHAM.

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SINGULAR DEATH BY FIRE.

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SINGULAR DEATH BY FIRE. In London, last Saturday, an inquest was held at Kentish-town, on the body of Arthur Archibald Houman, aged three months, infant son of a gentleman residing at 38, Caversham-road, who died from the effects of burns received by the bed being set on fire. Ellen Dalton, a little, girl, thirteen years of age, nurse at 38, Caversham-road, stated that on the even- ing in question she went upstairs with the accused, Alice Cannon, and saw the baby all right in bed. There was a small fire in the grate. In two or three miflttes Alice, who had a candle in her hand, came downstairs and said to witness, Don't say I did it!" Soon afterwards Miss Houman came down, and told Alice to put on her things and go home. Alice replied, Why should I go ?" Miss Houman made no reply. Alice at first said she did not set the bed on fire, but afterwards acknowledged that she did, but whether it was purposely or not witness could not say. Mrs. Adlington said she was a visitor at 38, Caver- sham-road, on the evening in question. At ten she heard a cry of "Fire!" and upon running upstairs found the first-floor bedroom in flames. Mr. Houman and his son were in the room, and Mr. Houman, who was suffering from bronchitis, was almost suffocated. She did not think that accused, who was her servant, and a very dull girl, had wilfully done it; but upon witness asking her to tell the truth, she replied I sent the other servant away and then set fire to the corner of the sheet. I did it accidentally, but was so frightened that I did not know what I was about. Witness went on to say that the accused was an orphan, and was brought up in a workhouse. Inspector Gilby stated that the morning after the death the accused confessed before two witnesses that she had set the bed in flames. Mr. Slyman, M. R.C.I., said he was called to deceased on New Year's Day, and found him suffering from severe burns over the face, arms, and body, from the effects of which he expired the following day. After further evidence, the jury returned the follow- ing verdict:— That deceased expired from the effects of extensive burns on the surface of the body, produced by the bed clothes being set on fire by Alice Cannon, by accidental causes." The coroner here informed the jury that Mr. Houman bad been singularly unfortunate with his family, this being the fourth inquest, two sons having been drowned at Oxford, another run over in the streets, and now this one was burnt to death.

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THE DREADFUL DEATH AT A MENAGERIE.

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