June 22, 2012

Singular Cause of Death

Mrs Ellen Saunders, a widow, aged 40 years, living at Shepherd's Bush, has met with her death through her dress catching fire in the street.  It appears from the evidence given at the inquest on Monday, that the deceased and her niece were walking near the Uxbridge Road Station, when it was discovered that the skirt of her dress behind was on fire.  It is supposed that the fire was caused by a lighted fusee thrown away by a boy.  (Yorkshire Post, July 30th, 1878)

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