A Thoughtful Chemist.
A man often contemplates suicide and may go as far as to ensure, as he thinks, the destruction of h is earthly existence, but should the means he takes to put an end to his life fail, no one rejoices more than he does. Such a case we ("Chronicle") have just heard off. A son of a well-known settler determined to do away with himself, and preparatory to the deed made many presents of his worldly goods to his bosom friends. He eventually came into i town and bought a bottle of beer with which he hied him to a local chemist whom he asked for some " rough on rats," at the same time remarking that he understood that the most effective way of administering the poison was by mixing it with beer. The apothecary thinking that there was something peculiar about his customer, gave him some harmless powder and sent him away quite satisfied. The would-be suicide mixed the powder with the beer, took a dose and laid himself down to die, quite satisfied that he was about to quit this world of woe for ever. However, after a sleep of a few hours he awoke,and now wonders why on earth he ever contemplated putting an end to his existence.
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A Thoughtful Chemist., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2495, 19 August 1890
A Thoughtful Chemist. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2495, 19 August 1890
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