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DEATH FROM LUCIFER MATCHES.

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DEATH FROM LUCIFER MATCHES. When the deadly poisonous nature of lucifer matches, and their but too easy ignition are taken into account, is it too much to expect that they should be kept out of the way of thoughtless babies? There is surely a needed caution in the following sad case, which is but one of many. Last week an inquest was held at Wor- cester Infirmary on the body of Mary Ann Merrett, a child three years and eight months old, residing with her uncle and aunt at 5, Lansdowne-terrace, Worcester. On Monday afternoon she had been left alone in the house, and her aunt, on returning home about 6 o'clock, was told by the neighbours that smoke was issuing from the house. The aunt, in giving evidence at the inquest said:—" My sister-in-law, who was with me, unlocked the door, and we went in. I found the lower part of the house filled with smoke. As I was going up stairs I called out,'Cicy, where are you?' The child replied, 'Here I is, aunty." I thought the voice came from the back bed-room. I went in there, but could not see or feel anybody in the bed, the smoke was so dense. I then went into the room where I had left the deceased. I said, Cicy, where are you?" I could not see the smoke. She said, "Here, aunty dear." When I got to the bed in which I had left her, I found that she had got to the side where she usually slept. I stooped over her. The heat scorched my hands and face, but still I could see no fire. I thought, from the way in which she had spoken, that she was all right. I put put my hands over, and at once felt that she was sadly burnt-in fact, charred, I dropped her, and was greatly overcome. I thought I should have fainted. I brought the child downstairs. Her day-clothes, in which she was dressed at the time, were burnt down to her waist. I said, What have you been doing, Cicy?" she said, "Oh, aunty, the naughty matches," referring to her having been whipt by me for lighting lucifer matches about four months ago, on which occasion she had burnt a hole in the bedclothes. Evidence was then given of the child's having been taken to the infirmary so badly burnt that recovery was hopeless, and she died in half an hour after admission. The house had narrowly escaped destruction by fire, as the sheets, quilts, and part of the bed were burnt. The jury re- turned a verdict of Accidentally burned,"

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