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Dr E. K. Houchin held an inqairyi at Poplar, on July 8, concerning the death of Ruth Elizabeth Adams, aged five months, the daughter of a laborer at the East London Waterworks. Eliza Adams, the mother, stated that on Sunday morning at ten o’clock the child was seized with a fit, and as she still remained in it witness sent for the elder at 2 p.m. The Coroner; Who is he ? Witness: Mr Rayment. I belong to the “ Peculiar People.” The Coroner; What did he do ’—Laid hands on the baby and offered prayer. The child died at 12 43 on Monday morning. Elizabeth Bell, of 74 Bygrove street, the wife of a laborer, also a member of the “ Peculiar People,” gave similar evidence. The Coroner : It is not ray duty to upset your religious belief, but you ought to have called in a doctor, I think it outrageous that you can calmly and religiously look upon a child in danger of its life and yet not cull in a skilled person to it,—(Hear, hear.) It is your ignorance. ■: Witness : But I have proved the Lord so many times in the case of my own children. The Coroner : What would you do in the case of a broken leg ? Witness : I suppose we should do like other people—go to a hospital. (Ironical laughter from the jury.) A Juror: But you would have a doctor then. Witness ; While we live ta the Lord I don’t think we shall get a broken leg. (Renewed laughter.) The jury returned a verdict- cf “ Death from convulsions, natural causes,” and requested the coroner to severely censure the mother and the elder.

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THE “PECULIAR PEOPLE.", Evening Star, Issue 10459, 1 November 1897

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THE “PECULIAR PEOPLE." Evening Star, Issue 10459, 1 November 1897