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SHOCKING DEATH IN A RAILWAY TUNNEL, A young woman, about twenty-five years of age, of a swarthy complexion, almost like a gipsy, but well and neatly dressed, called at a cottage standing by it- self on tiie bank of the Leicester and Swannington :&ilway Qn Monday, and asked the children, who were alone there, for a. glass of water. She told them that she was tired, that she had come from Leicester, but had many miles to go before she should get to her journey's end.' She rested herself there about a quarter of an hour, and then left. The cottage is siteated near the Leicester end of the tunnel between Leicester and Glenfield. This railroad is one of the first ever constructed, and has only a single line of rails, it is very narrow, and the tunnel is no wider than easily to admit a train. Yet when the young woman left the cottage she walked directly down the bank and along the line towards the tunnel. The children, used to noting such things, could detect through the tunnel that a train was being shunted at the other end. They called to her and spoke of the danger, but she went on, only saying, Oh, I shall be all right," and ran into the darkness. Soon the children noticed the light shut from the other end of the tunnel, and presently a coal train came out from Glenfkld, and passed on to Leicester. The children were not able to stop it or give an alarm. They saw a train go in the other way from Leicester. They were alone then, and Enable to leave the cottage till their father returned from his work in the evening. Then they told him, a»d with another man he explored the tunnel. About halfway through they found the object of their search, ishe lay against one of the rails, on the carriage way, her head towards G-lenfield. Her clothes were torn and scattered to a great distance. Her right arm and left leg were crashed, and almost torn away; her head was cut frightfully, and ehe was otherwise mutilated. One of her fingers and a thumb were severed, and lying near. Both the trains had passed over and injured her, yet she was alive, after the long interval and the horrible loss of blood. She was quite insensible. She was taken to Leicester Infir- mary, where she died soon after, without having re- covered consciousness. In her pockets were found some blackberries, with two shillings and eightpence, but nothing whatever which would serve to identify her. It has not been discovered who she was. A coroner's inquest was held on Wednesday evening, and the following verdict was returned —" That deceased met with her death in the tunnel, but whether she entered it for the purpose of self-destruction or not there is no evidence to show."

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