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An inquest was helcT this afternoon at the Council 'Chambers', South Dunedib, before Mr Coroner 1 Carew, touching the death of Isabella MlEadyen.' Mr A. Pric6 was chosen forerrian.

'Mr Wdrdrop, chemißt, ssid that at 10 a.m. yesterday' he was called on by Mrs MurpHy, who 'informed him that the child of one of her neighbors had been burnt, adding that the mother was in town. Witness advised her to go for a doctor, but promised that he would go in the meantime. On going into the house he saw'deceased running about the bedroom, arid ordered that cold water should be thrown" over her. ' The chemise she was wearing was burnt about the ribs, while the lower part was gone. She had no other clothing. The child was badly burned, the skin hanging loose on the right side and over the stomach, while down her legs there was an intense redness. Witness had taken nothing with him, so he told them to put the ohild to bed. He went tohisshop and returned with lime liniment and bandages, which he applied. She seemed a little easier after the treatment. The mother then arrived from town, and witness told ber to get a doctor without delay. A Mr Smith went foV one, Witness put the child to bed and covered her with blankets, but before leaving cautioned the mother to hold the child down till the doctor arrived, so that the bandages would not Blip, Ellen M'Fad) en, mother of deceased, said her husband was in Victoria, having left her three years ago. Witness left home at 9.30 a.m. yesterday. She left deceased and two other children with her daughter Martha, aged fourteen years. The doctor arrived at the house between two arid three o'clock. The child died about three o'clock this morning. She was born in Milton, and was nearly seven years 'oi 'age. v The child was very quiet up till two q'olock this morning, when she became restless. Martha M'Fadyen, daughter of last witness, said that yesterday morning while Bho was preparing the breakfast for herself

and the children Isabella sang out "Oh, Martha, my dress is on fire," Witness ran into the bedroom. Mr Smith, who iras in bed at the time, got up and pulled the dress off deceased. It was a muslin dress. Witness then ran for Mrs Murphy. Bridget Murphy gave evidence of going to Mr Wardrop, who returned with her. John Smith, residing at Mrs M'Padyen'a house, said that he tore most of the burning dress off with his hands, and then took off the remainder and put the child to bed. After fetohing the mother, witness telephoned to Dr Martin, who said he could not come. Witness next telephoned to Dr Teevan. Dr Teevan said that about 10.45 a.m. yesterday he received the message. He replied he could not come in the morning, but would go as soon as possible. He reached the house a few minutes after two. The child was then in bed, and was perfectly free from pain. There were no signs of collapse such as one might expect from the extensive injuries that he afterwards saw. Witness made an examination, and found the abdomen and side superficially burned, but not by any means deep. The back and tits of the fingers were also slightly burned. Witness told the mother it was a grave case, but there were slight lie instructed her what to do, and ordered medicines and stimulants. On leaving he left instructions if there was any change to send for him that night. At five o'clock this morning he was informed that the child was dead. The death was caused by shock to the nervous system through the burn. Maggie M'Fadyen deposed Bhe sat up part of the night with deceased, and that the doctor's instructions were carried out. The jury at once returned a verdict of " Death by shock to the system, caused by accidental burning."

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INQUEST., Issue 7919, 29 May 1889

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INQUEST. Issue 7919, 29 May 1889

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