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A Courageous Act.

A courageous act, which should not be unrecognised, was performed on Tuesday morning by George T. Dennis %nd Thomas Duffy. Dennis is the proprietor of a wood and coal yard m York street, South Melbourne, and on Tuesday morning, at about half-past 8 o'clock, Duffy, an employe" m the wood yard, noticed smoke issuing from a large two-store building adjoining the yard, occupied by J. H. Disney, greengrocer. Mr Disney, who is a moulder engaged at Johnson's foundry, had gone to work sometime previously, and Mrs Disney had gone to market to get a fresh stock of goods. Knowing these circumstances, and believing that the Disney's little children were alone m the burning house Dennis at once decided to enter it at the back. While he ran for an axe with which to break m the door, Thomas Duffy rushed at it with all his force, and as it yielded let himself into the house. Dennis then came up, and the two went up stairs, and though nearly stifled with smoke,' made their way to the bedroom, where they found two children—one a little boy about four years of age and the other a girl of under two years. The little boy was endeavouring to make his way out of the room, but the girl was lying on the floor m a semi-conscious state, her tongue profcuding and scarcely able to breathe. The children were then handed over to the care of a neighbor, and Mr Dennis despatched Thomas Duffy m his delivery cart to alarm thefiremanand bring back thereel. Meanwhile he and James Duffy, another of'

his employe's, got water into the room with a garden hose, and kept the flamis down and confined to the bedroom until the arrival of the firemen ; soon after which the fire was totally extinguished before much damage was done. The commendable promptness with which Dennis and his men acted was not only the means of saving the two children from a terrible death, but was also the means of saving the destruction of the house and its contents, not least of which was the sum of £170 concealed m the bedroom. — " Melbourne Argus."

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A Courageous Act., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2488, 11 August 1890

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A Courageous Act. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2488, 11 August 1890

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