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The Liberator
The Liberator
Contributed by Susan

Description: Deaths

Date: June 9 1837

Newspaper published in: Boston, Mass.


In Springfield, Thaddeus C. EATON, aged 34. Mr. Eaton was taken violently sick with the disease called the Colic of Painters. He had for several weeks drawn the cider which was used in his family, from a barrel with a siphon, made of common lead pipe. The same pipe had been before used in drawing ale and cider, and no doubt had become much corroded by the acid; and a small piece of it was by accident, broken off, which fell into the barrel. The acid of the cider acting upon the pipe, converting it into carbonate of lead, (common white lead), and this highly poisonous substance taken into the stomach, finally caused his death.

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In Warren, Rhode Island, May 3, Phillis SHERMAN of Barrington, a very respectable person of color, aged 61. She lived in the family of Capt. John T. CHILD, and while witting alone in the room, some person outside knocked on the window, and frightened her to such a degree that she died in a few minutes.

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In Palmyra, Michigan, March 7, Chester NIMS, son of Joel NIMS, Esq., of Brownville. N.Y., aged 26; and March 11, Lanra (Laura?) NIMS, his wife, aged 19, said to have been poisoned by eating pickles which were prepared in a copper kettle.

Submitted: 10/10/07 (Edited 10/10/07)

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