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MARY BARKER A question was asked in the House of Commons with reference to the death of this girls, a coroner's jury having found that it arose "from natural causes, probably accelerated by overwork". It appears that the girl was aged 11, and had passed Standard IV., and been a factory half-timer for the past 12 months. On Tuesday, March 11th, she attended the mill in the morning, and school in the afternoon, and went home apparently in her usual health. She was taken ill in the evening, and died the following day. An inquest was held on the 14th, when the jury returned the verdict mentioned above, the coroner remarking that he had had several cases where illness was apparently brought on by overwork, and the juror adding the complaints of overwork were common in the village. In answer to inquiries instituted by the Department, the doctor stated positively that death was due to acute inflammation of the bowels, and both parents admitted that they could not say that school work had anything to do with the illness. The girl was fond of her work, always slept well, and enjoyed fair health, except that she was constitutionally weak in the bowels. Within a week of her death two other members of the family were attached by typhoid fever. Her Majesty's Inspector states that had complaints of overwork been common in the village they must have come to his knowledge, as he was most intimately acquainted with the locality.