[The Pall Mall Gazette, 23. Dezember 1869]

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The Pall Mall Gazette, 23. Dezember 1869. S. 8.
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The adjourned inquest on the death of Sarah Jacobs was opened today at the Pencader school-room. This morning’s Western Mail says:—“It is not likely that any other witnesses but Mr. Jacobs, the father of the girl, will be examined and the question for the jury will be, was there connivance. And, if so, to what extent, and by whom? It will, of course, be unwise to comment upon this branch of the inquiry, but I may state that the verdict is looked forward to with a great amount of interest. The funeral of the deceased child was to have taken place to-day, but the coroner gave instructions that interment is not to take place till after the adjourned inquiry to-morrow, when the remains of the unfortunate deceased will be interred in the parish churchyard of Llanfihangel-ar-Arth. Had the funeral taken place to-day the weather would have been most inclement, to-morrow it may be more favourable, though there is not much promise of it. It is stated, although Mr. Jacobs himself declined to have legal advice on the subject, that his relatives thought it advisable, and have prevailed upon him to employ a solicitor to watch the case to-morrow on his behalf, and that the services of a gentleman from Carmarthen have been retained. It would be a curious study to analyze the little cloud of speculations that have hovered about the couch of the so-called fasting girl for the past eighteen months; a very curious study indeed to find out just how much of scientific research, and how much of ignorance, imposture, duplicity, and superstition went to make up the miserable and worthless whole. The spectacle of Majendie, in his surgical investigation, cutting to pieces his favourite lapdog to find out the cause of a human nervous affection, may form no inapt illustration of little Sarah Jacobs and her self-constituted inquisitors. For the tiny dog, you know, in its unutterable agony, kept licking the face of its executioner in love. And so did the poor little fasting girl, at the last, call out, ‘Kissey me, kissey me!’ And they kissed her and let her die.”


  • Social cases. 1869