HEROISM IN HUMBLE LIFE
r ♦ . 'I Tho annals of herolem famish few • braver deeds than that which has jaat set the little servant maid Minnie Murrell, In 1 the fall bl; 83 of recognition. The story of how she Bayed tnree young children from a fearful death by fire reads like a romanoe of the noblest type, which indeed It manifestly is. Let no one after this say that chivalry and devotion are dead m the humbler classes, or that those qualities only exist on the battlefield. la the house of Mr Inglis, of High street, Dorking, a gas explosion took place on the night of the lOtb September last. The family had retired to rest, and the shop below with all its contents, was speedily aflame. Minnie Murrell, who is only 15 years of age, rushed to the room where the children weae Bleeping,; and secured the baby with a blanket. Mrs Inglis snatched the Infant from her, and escaped with It safely Into the street. Bat Minnie, nothing daunted, returned for two children aged three and five respectively, and with one under each arm ahe brave'y descended, to the first storey ; but she could go no farther, for the stairs were all on fire, and burning fiercely. Goinp to the window of the front room, she fling it open, and oailing oat to the spectators, "Oatoh the children," she dropped them safely into friendly hands Mr loglfs, much scorched, had now come to the gallsnt girl's assistance, and not a moment too soon ; for, her duty being aaoompllahed, nature gave way, and she would have leaped from the window under the stress of her hysterical feelings. Fortunately, her master oaught her m time, and lowered her oaref ally to those below, saving htmeelf afterward.^ Minnie, who Is a native of the little fishing village of Leigh, near Southecd, now belongs to all England ; for her deed will be remembered with thoso of Alice Ayres, Graoe Darling, and oihere who have shed immortal lustre on her sex. She has most deservedly reoelved a testimonial from the Royal Society for the Protection of Life from Fire, together with a donation of £5 Bat this modest, ooarageous, retiring girl has a greater reward than that. She will live <n the grateful recollection of the people for all time ; and we need not despair of the greatness and stability of the English race when even young girls like Minnie Murrell can become true berotnu under Qlrponaitaaoea j ] of •aprame nerll, ' |
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HEROISM IN HUMBLE LIFE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2093, 21 March 1889
HEROISM IN HUMBLE LIFE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2093, 21 March 1889
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