Fatal Mistake--death of a Cederand
--The Memphis Appeal
, of the 18th inst., thus announces the death of Dr. Lewis Shanks
, formerly of Virginia
, but at the time of his death a resident of that city:
Seldom have we taken up our pen with more melincholy feelings than we experience in fulfilling the duty of announcing the death of one of our oldest, most amiable, and most respected citizens--Dr. Louis Shanks
It was stated in our paper yesterday that the doctor was in a dangerous condition in consequence of having taken morphine, a deadly oplate, for quinine.
On Wednesday morning at eight o'clock, in consequence of illness he took from medicine he had in the house a dose from a paper marked "quinine,"--This drug and morphine are alike, in appearance and similar in taste.
After taking the medicine, the doctor experienced symptoms which led him to fear that it was not quinine, but morphine he had taken.
On referring to the label, and finding it bore the word "quinine," he was satisfied for a short time that all was right, but the symptom becoming unmistakable, he exclaimed: "have taken morphine and it will kill me." Medical assistance was at once obtained, an during the day the most able medical gentlemen in the city exerted their utmost skill.
Their efforts were in vain.
The powerful narcotic had seized too firmly the springs of life, and at half-past 7 o'clock in the evening, Memphis
had lost one of its richest possessions — a good man.