Versailles, IN Fatal Scalding, Nov 1858

Versailles Despatch(sic) newspaper, Versailles (Ripley County), IN
Friday 3 December 1858; Page 2, Column 2

Little Rebecca Jane, daughter of James and Mary BENHAM departed this life on Sabbath morning, November 28 ult. aged 5 years, 4 months and 7 days.

How true it is "That in the midst of life we are in death." On last Friday evening our brother returned from Minnesota, the children were all in a glee, and felt happy at his return, out little sister in running through the room stumbled and fell on the side of a kettle of lard that had just been rendered, and was still sitting near the fire, upsetting it and scalding herself so badly, that after lingering two nights and one day, she expired.

She was an interesting child, and was growing up to the realities of this world, when 'death the strange Alchymyst' summoned her away at the request of our Saviour, when he says "Suffer Little Children to come unto me for of such is the kingdom of Heaven."

It is true we should not mourn over the loss of a departed relative, when we have every assurance that they are happy, and are relieved from the cares and perplexities of a world of sorrow - yet with this glorious hope in our soul we can't help but to feel the pang of sorrow - a thousand recollections fill the mind - her little words and playthings are replete with association and bring up on the mind a feeling of Melancholy.

Callous must be the heart of him who can witness these things and hear in his imagination the pratlings(sic) of innocence and not have the holiest emotions of his soul attuned to melancholy meditation.

With us her loss seems almost irreconcilable - full of life and hope, in a moment she is summoned away - there was no emaciation of her physical body but as if by one short step she passed the boundary between this world and the other and entered into the bright Elysium.

"We love her now, the sweetest flower
That ever saw a sunlight our
Has from our bright domestic bower,
Been plucked to be in heaven a flower.

The fragrance of that bud in heaven
Forth reaching to our hearth-stone, even
Shall if thy grace, O, God, be given,
Win us from earthly flowers to Heaven."

Rebecca Jane BENHAM
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