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Cincinnati is, it is feared, destined to encounter another small-pox epidemic as soon as cold weather sets in. It has just leaked out, through official sources, that there have been 4,000 cases of the dreadful malady, and 1,500 deaths from it, within a year in that city. [Source: Paris Gazette, Paris, Edgar Co., Illinois Wednesday December 6, 1882]

Dr. Beanchams who has been seriously ill for the past week is considered no better by his physicians. [The Cincinnati Times-Star, June 24, 1875 - DW - Sub by FoFG]

Mrs. Harrison, the venerable widow of ex-President Harrison, was very ill at her residence at North Bend at last accounts. [The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Satu rday, October 15, 1859]

Josephine Hogan, living on Banklick road, in Central Covinton, was struck in the eye by a masquerader on Madison avenue Tuesday night, and it is believed will lose the sight of the eye. [The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH) 2 Nov 1905, pg 9; tr by KT]

A man's mouth transformed into a glowing furnace. Wonderful surgical operation performed at the Good Samaritan. Electricity aids the surgeon in removing Isaac Lyon's dreadful cancer. The medical profession of the city is watching with the utmost interest the result of a difficult surgical operation which was performed successfully at the Good Samaritan Hospital on Wednesday of this week. The entire movable part of the tongue was removed from the mouth of a patient, while under the influence of chloroform, but what is known to the surgical profession as galvanocautery. The operation was performed by one of the most prominent surgeons of the city. Five years ago Mr. Isaac Lyons, a prominent citizen of Danville, Ky., became afflicted by a sore on the tongue, which developed into a cancerous growth, such as resulted fatally in the case of General Grant, and later in that of John Roach, the great shipbuilder. Becoming alarmed, Mr. Lyons came to Cincinnati, and, after consulting several of the most prominent surgeons, submitted to an operation in which half of his tongue was removed by the same process as was used yesterday. Bout six months ago the cancer, which was of the most malignant sort, began to show itself again. It was very painful, and the application of cocaine was the only remedy that would relieve his suffering in any degree. Realizing that death was only a matter of a short time if the cancer was permitted to eat further into his system, he, at the advice of his physicians, concluded to submit again to the operation of galvano cautery. Accordingly, he came to Cincinnati Wednesday morning in company with his son, and went at once to the Good Samaritan Hospital. Several surgeons and students were present when the operation was performed. The patient was first put under the influence of chloroform. Then a needle threaded with silk was passed through the tongue in several places, and that important member was pulled as far out of the mouth as possible, disclosing the cancer at the base. It was evident that, in order to save the patient's life, the entire tongue would have to be removed. First the tongue was encircled as near the base as possible by a loop of fine platinum wire, which was held in place by pins thrust through the cancerous growth. When everything was in readiness a powerful current of electricity was sent through the wire, which was quickly heated to incandescence. The mouth of the patient was filled with a bright light for an instant, and then, as the wire came to a white heat the loop was gently drawn forward, the glowing wire cutting through the cancerous tongue as clean as a knife, leaving a bloodless wound behind. Quicker than a flash the man's tongue was in the surgeon's hand, and the platinum loop was thrown to the floor. The tongue removed was of disgusting appearance, being a solid lump of corruption about an inch and a half square.
Yesterday Mr. Lyons was able to sit up, and could take liquid food comfortably. He is also able to articulate so as to be clearly understood, although his tongue is entirely gone. He will be able to speak much plainer, however after the floor of this mouth fills up. Mr. Lyons is a man of advanced age, and this operation, it is expected, will prolong his life several years. This is one of the most important surgical operations ever performed in this city, and will doubtless attract much attention among the medical fraternity. ["Cincinnati Enquirer", 14th inst - reprinted in "Vernon Courier" (Lamar county, AL), Jan 21, 1887 - VM - Sub by FoFG]

Cincinnatti Ohio , Jan. 26 -- On Wednesday forenoon, as Francis J. Mennessier was weighing some gunpowder in his father's store, at the same time smoaking (smoking) a cegar (cigar), the powder in the scales took fire and communicated to a canaster (canister), containing about 6 or 7 pounds, which occasioned a tremendous explosion, by which F. J. Mennessier was burnt in his face and other parts of his body. His mother was knocked down by the forcing away of the partition; the doors and windows were shattered to pieces, and driven out. We hope that the hurt will not prove fatal to Mr. Mennessier, but rather than to cegar smoakers it will prove a warning, not to indulge themselves when gun powder is so near. [The Centinel, Gettysburg, PA, March 15, 1809 - NP - Sub by FOFG]

While cleaning his revolver Tuesday night, Edward Sheats was wounded in the hand by the accidental discharge of the weapon. [The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH) 2 Nov 1905, pg 9; tr by KT]

The many friends of Captain Travis, the obliging young clerk and bookkeeper at John C. Holbrook's grocery store, will regret to learn that he is lying very ill with typhoid fever, at his father's residence. [Cincinnati Times-Star, September 16, 1874 - Sub by DW]


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