On Monday afternoon Mr Gordon Falcon conducted an inquiry at the Station
Inn, Grasslot, into the circumstances attending the death of Jane Forster
(about 2 1/2 years of age, the daughter of James Forster, dock labourer,
Bell's Place, Nelson Street, Maryport), which took place at Victoria Cottage
Hospital on Sunday morning. It appears that about 9-30 on the morning of
the inst, the mother went into the yard for some water, leaving her daughter
Eleanor, four years of age, with Jane. Eleanor had been burning a piece of
paper and dropped it on her sister, setting fire to her clothing, Both
child renranout into the street, a man named John Musgrave who was passing
took off his coat and wrapped it round the child's body, extinguishing the
flames. Dr Clark was sent for and ordered the child's removal to the
Victoria Cottage Hospital where she died as stated.
Evidence was tended by Mary Ann Forster, the mother , John Musgrave and Miss
Holliday, the matron, and the Jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death."