Posted by Mark Shaffer on Monday, October 26, 2015 at 15:34:07 :
Death by Apoplexy.— The body of Dr. J. S. Skinner was found dead early yesterday morning, in his lodging apartment, in the What Cheer House. He had been tarrying at this house for a week past, but on the night in question, not being seen by the office clerk, hit room was at a late hour assigned to another lodger, who, on opening the door, discovered Skinner dead in bed. An autopsy was had, which discovered the presence of no organic disease, but the opinion was expressed that death was caused by apoplexy. A bottle of strychnine was found in one of the pockets of deceased. A postmortem will be held by the Coroner elect today. Dr. Skinner had been for a long period a resident of the State, and at one time was employed at a physician in the Insane Asylum at Stockton, in which city he now has three children. One of his sons, a lad about 13 years of age, is a clerk at Still's news depot. The wife of deceased died in Nevada some two years since.
Daily Alta California, 8 June 1861.
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