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Horrible Discovery at the Cardiff Cemetery. _u- TWO DEAD INFANTS tN A BOX. I The Inquest. At the Roath police-station, Cardiff, on Thurs- day evening, the Borough Coroner (Mr E. B. Reece) held an inquiry into the teircumstances connected with the finding of the bodies of two newly-born female infants at the Cardiff Ceme- tery, on the previous day. Thomas Pulfin, labourer, said I am employed and reside at the New Cemetery at Cardiff. I was working there on the afternoon of the 7th inst. at about three o'clock. Walking along the 'footpath to the Roman Catholic burial ground, I saw a box lying on a grave. I went to it and sent for the manager, but neither of us opened the box. I next went for a constable. He returned with me and opened the box. In it we found the bodies of two infants. The constable took charge of the box and bodies. At about twenty minutes to seven the same morning I had gone along the path, but did not notice the box, which was only two or three yards from the path. P.C. James Hughes said Thomas Pullin came to me yesterday afternoon, at about a quarter to five o'clock, and told me there was a small box on the green at the cemetery. I opened the box and found therein the bodies of two infants. Over them was a piece of cloth like bed-ticking. I brought them to the police-station. The box isof the character of a raisin box. The 'cover was nailed down. Dr. Maurice Evans, Roath, said I saw the bodies of the two female infants to-day at twelve o'clock and made a post-mortem examina- tion on each body. The bodies were those of newly-born female children, in size and measure answering to the description of those who had arrived at the seventh or eighth month of maturity. Probably they have been of the full term of nine months, supposing them to be twins. Neither of the bodies have been washed. The umbilical cords of both have been cut off by a sharp instrument, leaving about an inch and a quarter. The cords was not tied in either case. The larger of the two bodies measured 18 inches in length, which is about the average of a full born child. It weighed 31bs 9ozs. The average would be from 61bs to 81bs. On opening the chest I found that the right lung filled the cavity of the chest, and was of a reddish hue. The left part filled the cavity, and was of a dark colour. On removing the lungs they floated freely in water, and on cutting in pieces and pressing them they also floated. This indicated that a certain amouut of breathing had taken place, but the lungs were not pink enough to indicate full respiration. There was very little blood in this child, the cavities of the heart being quite empty, indicating that the child had lost blood from hemorrhage. The smaller child was 14 inches in length, and weighed two pounds seven ounces. This child was fatter than the other, and the lungs filled both cavities. The right lung was much more pink than either of the lungs of the other child. The previous tests answered in a. similar way. There was plenty of blood in this child. I am also of opinion that the child had breathed more freely than the other. I cannot speak as to either child having existed separately from the mother; but if the mother, or mothers, had had proper atten- tion, both children might have lived. 1 have no hesitation in saying that both children were born alive. From the manner in which the cords had been cut, it is clear that the mother must have had assistance in each case. I think the bodies must have been at the cemetery all night, as they were frozen, and some ice was found under the arm of the larger child. The birth had probably taken place within 24- hours of my time of seeing the bodies, which were quite fresh. The Coroner reviewed the facts under which the infants had been found, and, further advising the jury, said lie thought they had better bring in an open verdict. If the mother of the children could be found, the magistrates would proceed with the case under further evidence. But that was unlikely, though the case was a very suspi- cious one. Probably the children were wilfully neglected and allowed to die, but they had not written evidence of it. The jury, after a minute's consideration, con- cluded that two newly-born female infants were found dead in a box in the Cardiff Cemetery on the 7tb January, but there is not sufficient evi- dence to show whether they had been born anve or, if born alive, what was the cause of death III either case."