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CREMATED BABIES. ? Bodies on Kitchen Fire HORRIBLE STORY. On Wednesday, at Tottenham Police Court, Jessie Bvcrs, aged 40, It. msrried woman, residing at Hoime Villas, Victoria-road, Ed- monton, was again brought before the local bench of magistrates on charges connected with offences under tbe Cremation Act. Mr Bodkin appeared "'J) prosecute on behalf of the Treasury, and the accused was not legally re- presented. Originally the case arose out of a discovery made at the prisoner's house by a domestic servant in her employ. The prisoner bad been in the habit of taking in children to nurse, and short tunc ago the servant discovered cal. cined bones iu the grate. The police and an officer of the S.P.C.C. were called in. and they then found the dead body of a child called Mary Baicom be. At the inqtiest on the child an open verdict was returned. The police court proceedings against the accused were ad- journed from tune to time until Wednesday in order to ascertain whether any further charges could be formulated against the accused. When the prisoner was placed in the dock yesterday she was further charged under sub- section 3 of section 8 of the Cremation Act with obstructing a public officer, to wit, a coroner, by concealing the death of two chil- dren, Gladys Smythe and YVinnie Davis, thus preventing (ho holding of an inquest. Mr Bod liiii, in his opening statement, said it was clear from the available Evidence which would be adduced that the prisoner had been carrying on the business of dealing with children bv taking them in to nurse at her house forsums of money from downwards. The children were in the main illegitimate. IIor system was toul- vertise in local papers and then to obtain c-lid- dren from the mothers to nurse. As to two of the children Gladys Smythe and Winnie Davis there was direct evidence of an eye-witness of their bodies being burnt in the kitchen lire. In connection with that the derails were gruesome and revolting. I ap- peared that on one day towards the end of last year the prisoner sent some of her children out of the way, and after they had gone told her boy Arthur to fetch Gladys down. At that time Gladys had been lying dead in a room C us fairs. Tbe boy went, up to the room and brought down the boLÏ.v of the chilli. Gladys Smythe to the kitchen, where the prisoner was. There it was put into the kitchen stove and burnt. It was a horrible task for anyone—even an under- taker—but the prisoner seemed to have carried out without any show of feeling- Servant's Evidence. Jennie Atkins, of Westmoreland-terrace, CVooImer-road, Edmonton, deposed to going to the prisoner's house as servant early in Octo her. There were four babies in the place— Frankie, Harry. and Mii-iaiii. She did not know the chiid Gladys, but she subsequently knew the chiid Winnie. Mr Bodkin During the time you were there lid you ever sec a doctor or ap undertaker in the house -N o. Witness described how early in November she saw the child Winnie lying dead in the ho use, and during the time it was lying dead the child's mother came to the house and asked if it had been buried. Prisoner i-eplied Yes." The mother then asked, Did you have the service read over her. and again the reply was Yes." On the evening of November 5th prisoner told her she ne«d not come in until late next morn- ing, adding. Have a rest while, you can." However, she came in next morning earlier than was expected and was sent into the scul- lery, prisoner saying. Do some mangling there so that the people upstairs shan't hear." Witness w as locked in. She heard the prisoner say to her hoy, Come on, Arthur, look sharp," und, being suspicious she looked through the keyhole. She saw the boy bring osmcthing downstairs, and it was put in the kitchen stove tire. Then the door was unlocked about five minutes after, and on going into the kitchen witness found it empty. Witness added that she turned over a black mass which appeared in the fire and she saw a portion of clothing. Later when the prisoner returned she told her to get some disinfectant and paraifiu. The fire burnt throughout the day and at the end of the day witness found some bones in the grate. Mr Bodkin I don't attach any importance to that. It might have been the bones of any- thing. Replying to further question witness said after the burning she never saw the body of the, child Winnie again. She told her mother what had occurred and on her advice she went to the police. Child's Gruesome Story. Arthur Byers, aged 10, son of the accused, whose head scarcely reached over the witness box,but who gave his evidence with composure, s-wd he remembered some children coming to the house from time to tune. He gave the n«unc £ of ten of them. How many died ?—Irene Compton, Maisie White. Gladys Smythe, Winnie Davis, and Mary Bal combe. Are you sure they all died at 17. Holme- Tillas ?—Yes. Have you ever seen a coffin brought to the house ?—Yes. for Irene Compton and Mary Balcombe. Only those two. Dr. Gordon had been called to the house. Questioned with regard to the girl, Gladys Smythe, witness said that about two weeks after be first saw the body he brought it down to the kitchen from an upstairs bedroom by direction of his mother. What did your mother say ?—Go into the room and brift Gladys down. I went up and brought the body down with two napkins round it. i brought it into the kitchen and gave it to mother. Did you see what she did with it?—She threw it on to the fire in the kitchen. (Sensation.) Did she say anything ?—She told me not to tell anybody. Do you remember Winnie Davis dying and seeing her dead body in tbe house -Ye3, on Saturday, November 5th. She told me to get up early the next morning and light the kitchen fire. I did so. Then Jenny Atkins, the servant, came, and mother sent her into tbe scullery and bolted the door. She then told rrc to fetch the body of Winnie down. I gave the body to mother, and she put it on the stove and pushed it down into the fire with the grate rack. Then she unboiled the scullery door, gave me some carbolic and water, and told me to use it to clean the t)lace up. Daughter in the Witness-Box. lIildred Byers, aged 14. daughter of the accused, spoke to the prisoner inserting adver- tisements in the local Press, as a result of which nurse children were brought to the house and left. About ten altogether were brought to the house, and the greatest number there at a time would be four or five. Mr Bodkin How rainy died altogether ?- Six. Two of them were attended by doctors, one child—Irene Thompson—being buried but none of the others were buried, so far as I know, except Marv Balcombe, on whom an in quest was held, The wit-ness described how she missed one dead body. She had Keen it, and on questioning her mother, was told the under- taker had fetched it. The body was that of Maisie White. A few days after that Gladys Smythe died Her body remained in the house about two or three weeks. WThen she noticed it had gone she spoke to her mother about it, and the tatter said the undertaker had been. She added, "I hope Miss Smythe won't make a fuss, as I don't want an inquest." The samel remark with regard to the undertaker related to Wiunie Davis. Witness spoke of the death of Ma.ry Balcombe, and said that when the police came there were four children alive in the house. ] Woman's Confession. Detcctive-scrgeant Hawkins deposed to arresting accused, who. in reply to the warrant, said. My husband is a pianoforte maker. lie has nothing to do with it. It is my busings, and I am responsible for it. I did it to make both ends meet." Of the children then f^uuii' in the house, prisoner s»id they were all ille. gitimate, except one Frank Lemon. Mr Bodkin He-ve you to-day ehargod de. fendant with offcnces against sub-sec- tion of section 8 of the Cremation Act of 1902 t — Y es, and also with the rommon law offence of burning the dead bodies of Gladys Smythe and Winnie Davis so as to obstruct his Majesty's coroner for East Middlesex. When the charges were read over to her she said Yes." The Court was again adjourned.

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BLIZZARD AT CHA TSWORTH.

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