'Child-Birth in a Turkish Bath'

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An incident at the Turkish Bath

'A curious result of a Turkish bath appears to have taken place at Hobart Town [Tasmania], from whence we are informed that recently, on the ladies' day at the Turkish baths, while some ladies, who are in the habit of attending there, were as usual enjoying the luxury of the bath, they were joined by a young girl whose bashful appearance and evident ignorance of the bathing process induced the more experienced ladies to proffer both advice and assistance. The one was implicitly followed, and the other gratefully received: but by-and-bye their aid was required in a manner and matter they had not calculated on. The result was that before the young lady had left the bath-room there was a visitor there who had not paid for admission, and Hobart Town had an addition made to its population.'

Dundee Courier (19 April 1870) p.3

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