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 Baltimore  Sun  June 11  1882                


Supplied by Nancy Bramucci

Submitted by Joyce Erway

      An incident occurred at City Hall yesterday which excited a great deal of sympathy and at the same time aroused no little indignation in the health  department.  Mrs. Minnie C. Ashworth, a tidy little woman appealed to Secretary A.R. Carter with tears in her eyes and voice choked  with sobs to bury her dead infant, a little boy 7 months of age who had died of brouchia; catarrh and whose wan little corpse she had in her arms wrapped against her bosom in a faded shawl.  “How is it you bring the child’s corpse to me“? The Secretary inquired.  “I have no place else to take it“.  I cannot leave it in the street.  I am not permitted to let it stay where I have been living. 

     To further inquire she stated that she had carried the body in her arms through the crowded streets of the city from No 214 South Durham street between Aliceanna and Lancaster Streets, where she had resided in the house of Theresa Rode, working in a pickling establishment for what money she could earn to pay for shelter, while her husband who is a soldier in the United States Army, was in Alabama.  She said she was a native of Alabama and had another child older, whom she was obliged to leave with a friend while she went to the City Hall to have the infant buried. 

      She told Mr. Carter she was perfectly destitute and homeless; that she was not allowed to leave the corpse n the house on Durham Street long enough to go to the City Hall to beg for its burial..  A physician connected with the department certified that the cause of death was bronchial catarrh, and it is believe that if the mother had been able to get medicines and attention for it  the life of the child might have been spared.  Secretary Carter, who was greatly touched by the incident, said it was the worst case he had encountered in all the years he had been in the health office.  Mr. F.A. Kerschner, of the department took the body in charge for burial and Rev. E. Didier gave a permit for its interment in St. Vincent’s Cemetery.  The mother said she proposed putting other child in an asylum and it will probably go to St. Vincent Orphanage. 

      A sum of money was made up for her immediate wants by the attaches of the health department.  The family at No 214 South Durham street removed into country yesterday and when the reporter went there the house was locked up.