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Shocking Fatality - Mrs. Horadam Burned to Death

Argus - Thursday, 6th July, 1899

A fearful burning accident, which terminated fatally, occurred on Monday last about mid-day, to Mrs. Horadam Sen. of Glendon.
This old lady resided alone in her own house, where she has resided for the past 44 years and which is situated about a quarter of a mile from the residence of her son, Mr. Henry Horadam, although some member of the family always slept in the place to keep her company at night.
From the particulars supplied by the victim of the accident, it seems that Mrs. Horadam, who was subject to fainting fits, was sitting in front of a fire in the house reading a book when she suddenly felt a weakness over her. She tried to rise but in doing so fell forward into the fire and her clothing became ignited. On recovering herself, she attempted to extinguish the fire in her clothing, but failed, and she now ran outside and fell down exhausted. Soon Afterwards, Mrs. Kannar happened to be passing that way in a trap, when she noticed smoke emitting from what she at first throught to be a heap of rubbish. On looking again, she saw Mrs. Horadam's face and lighting from the vehicle she ran over to the unfortunate woman, at the same time calling out loudly for help. Mrs. Kannar at once dragged away the smouldering clothes, little of which by the way, having remained and Mr. David Shearer, who heard her calls, ran over. They then carried Mrs. Horadam into the house, but it was found she was fearfully burned.
Dr. Irwin was sent for and he arrived there about 4 o'clock in the afternoon. On examination, he found the body, back and front from the waist upwards to the neck, fearfully burned. Both arms were in a terrible state, especially the left one, which was literally baked. All that was possible was done for Mrs. Horadam, slthough she said she suffered little pain, but she died next morning at 5 o'clock.
The deceased, who is a very old resident of this district, was a native of Darmstadt, Germany, and had lived at Glendon ever since she arrived in the colony about 44 years ago. Her husband predeceased her many years ago, but she leaves a family of three sons Messrs. Henry, John and Joseph and one daughter - Mrs. Maloney, as well as a number of grand children. Much sympathy is expressed with the bereaved relatives in consequence of the sad death.
At an inquest held before Mr. H.Pinchin, Coroner - the following jury was empanelled - Messrs. C. Durham, J. Kannar, James O'Toole, Edwin Gardiner, William Hamilton, Alfred Szarka, Anthony Schmeltzer, Peter Krams, James Doyle, Gregory Szarka, John Griffiths - a verdict of accidental death was returned, after several witnesses had been examined.
The funeral took place at the Roman Catholic cemetery yesterday The late Mrs. Horadam was well and favourably known throughout the district and those who were most intimately acquainted with her respected and loved her the keenest. In the early days of the district, her acts of kindness and hospitality were proverbial and the cases are numberless where Mrs. Horadam helped neighbours in distress succoured the sick and injured and gave liberally to the hungry travellers who chanced to apply for food. She was a very healthy woman all through her life, although she had long since passed the alloted span. Amongst the neighbours, Mrs. Horadam was known as an excellent housekeeper and her hospitality was shared in freely whenever opportunity offered. Her sad death has cast quite a gloom over the Glendon district.