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Merthyr Child's Death. 1 MOTHER IN TEARS AT THE INQUEST. I The story of the tragic fate of a 5 year old child. Margaret Elizabeth Phillips, of Colliers' Row Merthyr, who died on Saturday from the effects of burns, was told at the inquest on Monday. Her mother, Mrs Mary Phillips, who burst into tears whilst giving her evidence, said that she was cleaning the fireplace on Thursday, when the little girl went into the pantry. On a stool there the mother had placed a tin containing a mixture of turpentine and bees- wax. Somehow the child upset the tin and wiped up the spilt turpentine off the floor with her pinafore. Meanwhile Mrs. Phillips left the kitchen, carrying a bucket of ashes down the garden path. Her daughter hurried into the kitchen and tried to dry the pinafore before the fire. The heat caused it to become alight. At once she ran out of the house after her mother, but halfway down the path she turned back and ran to her uncle's house next door. Giles Richards, the uncle, said his niece was enveloped in flames. He immediately snatched a damp towel off the door, wrapped her in it, and thus succeeded in putting out the flames. Mr R. J. Rhys, coroner, to the jury: You can just imagine what a blaze there would be. That (the turpentine) would flare up like a flashlight for a second. "Accidental death" was the verdict.

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