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"The repose of sleep refreshes only the body. It rarely sets the soul at rest. The repose of the night does not belong to us. It is not the possession
of our being. Sleep opens within us an inn for phantoms. In the morning we must sweep out the shadows."
"An inquest was held yesterday afternoon at the Grand Turk Inn, Ludgate Hill, concerning the death of a manufacturer of tin plate goods, named
William Randle, who resided at 104, Lionel Street, and who died on Friday last, in consequence of some severe injuries he received on the preceding day by burning. From the
evidence of Mrs. Randle, the wife of the deceased, it appeared that the deceased was thirty-three years of age. On Thursday evening at about six o'clock her husband, after
having had tea upstairs in the sitting room with her, left the table and went towards the workshop. About half an hour afterwards she heard an explosion, and running to the
door of the room, and looking downstairs, she saw the reflection of flames, and a great deal of smoke below. Thinking that the house was on fire, she closed the door, and
turning to the window, threw up the sash, and dropped her only child, who was between four and five years old, down into the arms of a person who was standing amongst the
crowd below. She then got out upon the window sill herself, and was about to jump into the street, when, on observing what appeared to be the body of a man lying upon the
footpath in flames, and thinking that the house perhaps might not be on fire, she altered her mind, and was in the act of getting back into the room again when some person
who had come up for a blanket caught hold of her and removed her safely down the stairs. The witness then went on to say that she afterwards went to the General Hospital to
which institution her husband had been taken, and there, in answer to her questions as to how the accident took place, he told her that whilst in the shop he varnished some
buckets, and having done so he poured some spirits - as he thought naptha - from a tin can or bottle into a basin, for the purpose of washing the black varnish from his
hands. The door of the shop was open, and a very strong wind blowing at the time. Whilst he stood pouring the spirit, a sudden gust of wind came and blew the flame of a gas
lamp, near to which he was, towards the spirit can. The fumes of the spirits ignited, and the flame communicated itself to the contents of the vessel. In order to save the
premises from catching fire, he ran with the flaming can of spirits into the yard, where he intended to empty it. As soon as he got into the air, however, an explosion took
place in the can, and the spirit was scattered all over his clothes. He was in a moment enveloped in flames, and ran at once into the street, where he fell down exhausted.
There he lay until the spirit was burnt out, for every person was afraid to approach him, he being one mass of flame, and it being dangerous to throw water upon him. The
fire, having burnt itself out, he was wrapped in a blanket, placed in a cab, and removed to the General Hospital. There was no person who witnessed the accident but himself.
Such was the statement of the deceased. Mr. C. J, Bracey, the house surgeon of the General Hospital, described the injuries of the deceased, which were of a very shocking
nature, and stated that he died from their effects at nine o'clock on the morning after his admission into the institution from congestion of the lungs. The Jury returned a
verdict of "Accidental death."
"The Fatal Explosion in Lionel Street"
Birmingham Daily Post : December 8th 1863 Page 3.