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Reading in Bed.


A distressing occurrence took place in Melbourne on the morning of Sunday, 4th inst., when Mrs Call, wife of Mr F. Call, P.M., who for many years has presided at the CiLy Police Court, was found in her bedroom at her residence, Mildura Cottage, Orrong road, Elsternwick, burnt to death. During the last few weeks Mr Call has been in' indifferent health, and afc the time of the occurrence was absent at his son's residence in Hawthorne. The occupants of the house on Friday night were Mrs Call, her two daughters, and the servant. About halfpast ten on that night the two Misses Call went into their mother's bedroom to say " Good-night" to her, and found her in bed reading a book with a candle burning on a small table hear the side of the bed. They retired to rest, and heard nothing till about six o'clock on Saturday morning, when they were aroused by the servant girl, who had been awakened after being almost suffocated by a dense smoke which had permeated the whole house. The young ladies hurried to their mother's bedroom, and as they opened the door they were driven back by the great volume of smoke which rushed out. The window of the room was forced open from the outside, and as soon as it was possible to enter, they went in and found the remnants of the mattresses and bedclothes still smouldering on the bedstead, and on the floor between the bed and the wall they discovered the body of their mother, charred and blackened almost beyond recognition. They took immediate steps to extinguish the smouldering debris, and > summoned Dr. Griffith, who lives close by When that' gentleman arrived he could only ■ pronounce the deceased past all medical aid and render his assistance to prevent the house from catching fire, an effort in which he was successful. It is supposed that the deceased fell asleep'V iovlir?. r.nd that in some way the h'-'N'lMili! ■■■ <■; li^'i" fire. She must have been awakened" by, smelling the burning material, arid probably while attempting to make her escape from the room she w«i suffocated and fell on the floor, where her [i charred body was subsequenty discovered, There were no hangings to the bed, and there was, therefore, nothing to communicate the flames to the wall or ceiling. The sad affair has quite prostrated Mr Call, who is in weak health. He had been granted leave of absence, and will retire on a pension aftor thirty.six years of ?eryicc.

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Reading in Bed., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2428, 13 May 1890

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Reading in Bed. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2428, 13 May 1890

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