Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 2, Number 3, September, 1992 Page: 142
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solicitude for his condition. Prescribed turpentine emulsion with spirits nitre, and gave
him pounded ice instead of water. On the 17th the fever recurred without any perceptible
chill (though his feet grew cold for half an hour before), three hours later than on the
previous day, and patient had a very restless night; urine scant and very high-colored;
pulse 110; but little nausea, though very tender over the region of the stomach.
Prescribed the potash mixture with tinct. aconite, and applied a wet compress over the
epigastrium; saw him again late in the evening; perspiring and restless; otherwise no
change. On the morning of the 18th, found my patient with high fever; pulse 120, and
a raving delirium which continued without abatement or mitigation until death closed the
scene, on the morning of the 20th. His stomach was extremely irritable, and he vomited
repeatedly during the day and night of the 19th, but ejected nothing resembling black
vomit. The high temperature of his head, and his frequent complaint of pain in the
temporal region induced me to try to cup him, but the effort was only partially success-
ful, and wholly without benefit. Ice bags were applied, but in his delirium he would not
let them remain. In an hour after death he was thoroughly jaundiced; a dark bronze over
the chest and stomach.
On the 18th, from solicitude for his son, I suppose, the father relapsed, and
continued to have light fevers and an intensely irritable stomach for several weeks, but
The death of this young man took place in a new tenement, on the east side
of Travis street, between Washington and Spring, near the boarding house to which I
have before referred.
In the meantime, new cases were multiplied with great rapidity, and our
limited stock of professional aid was being exhausted with proportionate speed. Various
telegrams were sent to Galveston and other places, perhaps, for assistance. The citizens
of Galveston responded with a noble generosity, that rarely finds a parallel, and promptly
dispatched both physicians and nurses to our assistance, placing at the same time, an
ample sum of money to our credit, with which to procure such supplies as might be
Tuesday, October 21st. There were now between seventy-five and one
hundred cases under treatment within and nearly equally distributed over the limits
heretofore indicated, and the mortality attained its maximum, the number of deaths from
all cases being six, of which one was probably from enteritis. He had been ill for several
weeks, during which time he had taken oleum tiglii repeatedly; had an imperfect
convalescence and a relapse before the beginning of the mortality. His death occurred
at the corner of Washington and Travis streets; one on Jackson street, between Travis
and Milam; one at the corner of Crockett and Travis; one at the boarding house, south
side of public square; one on Crockett street, between Milam and Bowie; one at the
corner of Preston and Live Oak streets, and one on Austin street, between Jackson and
Washington. Of these I saw only two - the one on Crockett street, an Irish woman
- moribund when I was called. The other, a young German, whose place of business was
11 Original note: This gentleman represented himself to have had yellow fever in 1850 at Havana,
Cuba and again at Victoria, Texas in 1867. Editors note: He must have been mistaken, for those who recover
from yellow fever have a lifelong immunity to it thereafter. If he had had the disease earlier, then what he came
down with in Columbus must not have been yellow fever. His son was L. Boatright, who died on October 20
at the age of 18. See The Fayette County New Era of October 24, 1873, which reports both the death of L.
Boatright and the illness of his father, who is identified as "Mr. Boatright, Deputy Collector Internal Revenue."
The only other known death from October 20 is a man identified as "Captain Kerr" in both The
Fayette County New Era of October 24, 1873 and The Galveston Daily News of October 22, 1873.
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