Death of a Marttr to science.
--Dr. E. J. Fountain
, of Davenport, Iowa
, died, after an illness of a week, a few days since, a martyr to science.
He had been for sometime engaged in an investigation of the properties of chiorate of potash as a cure for consumption.
Last summer he read a paper on the subject before the National Medical Convention at New Haven.
It attracted much attention in that body, who requested him to continue his labors another year.
It is presumed that he had been experimenting on himself with small doses of this medicine, gradually increasing them, till, on Friday last, he took an ounce, which proved too much for him, and resulted in his untimely death.
He was only 33 years of age, but had already attained a high rank in his profession.
He was a native of Westchester county, N. Y.
, and was graduated at Princeton College, N. J., and the New York College of Physicians and Surgeons.
In the fall of 1851 he went to the Isthmus as Surgeon
of the Panama Railroad Company, headquarters at Aspinwall
He left this position in 1854, and in the fall of that year settled in Davenport