Friday, March 29, 2013

1913 - Mother Returns Finding Child in Flames

The Weekly Messenger
March 29, 1913

Mother Returning from Front
Room finds Child in Flames.

Special in the Item.

Hattiesburg, Miss, March 22--The 17 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Guerin was fatally burned Thursday evening when the child's mother left the kitchen to answer a call at the door.  The little fellow was playing near the stove and while Mrs. Guerin was out of the room he pulled a stick of burning wood from the firebox.  His clothing was soon a mass of flames and although his mother worked frantically to extinguish the blaze, the baby was frightfully burned, death coming to relieve his suffering about three hours later.  Funeral services were conducted from the family residence on Walnut Street Friday afternoon.  Father P. O'Reilly officiating.

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