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THEEE BIVERS' MISHAP.
f ? 9 ? There is an old proverb that says ' misfortune never comes singly,' m i'act they generally come in threes. This was most vividly exemplified at Three Rivers^ Statiou duriug the ijast fortnight, says the 'Meekat'iarra. r Telegraph.'
The first serious catastrophe v\as the severe scalding of the manager's iu faut daughter. The little one wfi- cj w ling about the floor, and he« ;a».: iior brought in a jug of nearly L-piliiis i:a ter for the baby's bath. She plaeed. it on the floor and turned her back for only a second or two, but in that short space of time the little one (she is only eight months old) pillled it over herself and scalded her left arm and leg, from the thigh downwards. Remedies were immediately applied and the baby is rapidly recovering from her ordeal. The second ite*. was supplied by the book-keeper, who felt it incumbent on himself to have a severe heart attack and caused some anxiety for some hours. He, however, is again conval escent. Malignant Fate, however, was not satisfied with these two episodes, but inflicted a tliird, and severe blow on the unfortunate nouseliold. Last Tuesday the housekeeper deci ded to mix some of that well-known and old-fashioned, but good blood mix ture, sulphur and treacle. Her daugh ter tasted the mixture and remarking i that it tasted good, took some more ef it. The medicine was then taken to the manager 's wife, who also partook ? of it. Shortly after the housekeeper found her daughter seriously ill, with severe pains and vomiting, and show ing signs of poisoning She imme diately gave an emetic and running in to warn her mistress, found her in a similar condition. Having had pre vious experience in nursing she did everything in her power for her pa tients until the manager's return, who immediatelv blocked the telegraph line
and secured medical advice from Cue. Fortunately they have both recovered, mainly, thanks, to the energetic efforts and care of their nurse, and, although not quite over the effects of the poison, are mating good headway to health again. What the exact cause of the trouble was, has not yet been ascertained, but the .bottle marked 'sulphur' is sup posed to have contained some other poison, and some person, thinking it sulphur, labelled it as such. Surely one does not require any more corroboration of the proverb than the misfortunes just stated. There is one consolation, bad as they were, they could very easily have been infinitely worse, and everyone at the station is heartily thankful that such 'was not the case.