Randolph  County,  Indiana

The  Muncie  Sunday  Star
April 14, 1907
Poured  Oil  On  the  Fire
Mother, Upon Returning to Kitchen
After a Very Brief Asence, Found
Her 4-year-old Daughter
In  Flames.
        Union City, Ind., April 13. -- A horible accident occurred at South Salem, a little village four miles south of this city, this morning, when  Florence, the pretty little 4-year-old daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Polly, was burned to death.
        About 9 o'clock Polly drove up from the field and called to his wife to come and open the gate.  The mother at once answered the summons, leaving the little girl in the kitchen.  She remained out only a few minutes, but when she re-entered the kitchen she found her little one lying on the floor near the stove, a blackened and inert heap, while the hungry flames were still burning where small patches of clothing had not yet been consumed, all clothing having been burned off her body with the exception of her shoes.  The child lived an hour, when the angel of death mercifully released her from her agonizing suffering.
        It seems that during the mother's absence the little girl secured a baking powder can, half filled with coal oil, which she poured into the kitchen stove with the inevitable result.
Contributed by Gina Richardson

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