|Death: ||Jul. 27, 1883|
San Antonio Light
July 30, 1883
On Saturday evening Dr. Hadra was called to attend a young man named George E. Lucas, who boarded at Mr. Umscheid's residence on Losoya street, and who was then in a comatose state. He at once discovered that Lucas was suffering from opiates, or from a congestive chill, and used all known remedies to restore the victim, but in vain. He died soon after and was buried on Sunday morning.
From the evidence adduced at the inquest and derived from other sources, it would appear that George E. Lucas was 32 years of age, came here from New York in November last, and for a time worked at Billie and Joe's and at Sommers & Peterson's saloons, from which places he was dismissed owing to his excessive fondness for drink. Indeed he has been known to drink a quart of whisky in a day. On Saturday he was out with Mr. J. McArthur, and had been drinking. He returned home about 5 o 'clock and was apparently sober. He went to his room and all was quiet. Some time after strange noises were heard to proceed from the room, and on going there he was found to be in a comatose condition. The doctor was sent for but he died soon after. He was financially embarrassed and had declared that he would rather die than live as he was doing. On the same day that he died he said to a fellow boarder, named G. S. Sailer, "I am mad at myself and every one else," but this was said in a laughing way and no notice was taken of it. His only property consisted of what he wore and he was considerably in debt, but he inherited one thousand dollars under his step-father's will and had last week sent the necessary papers to New York authorizing the money to be forwared and paid here. He was married seven years ago in Georgia and has a wife and child living there.
The jury came to the conclusion that the deceased died from poison or congestive chills, but declined to say which. The end of the case is by no means satisfactory. A post mortem examination should have been held to decide the cause of the death, and the matter, for public satisfaction, and thoroughly investigated.
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