The Penfield Weekly Press
February 24, 1905

A Close Call

Transcribed and submitted by Beverly Carter

Monday evening the news spread through town that Fred Conklin, one of the High School boys was dead or dying. Dr. Thorne Cornelius was summoned and found the boy in a very critical condition, the result of a teaspoonful of spirits of niter, which caused the boy to at once sink to the floor and lose consciousness. The doctor remained with him all night, and he is now all right, notwithstanding the close call.

The niter was purchased at one of our general stores, and when analyzed the doctor found it contained a large percent of wood alcohol.

Here is a case for the pure food agents, and also a moral for people who are ailing. Don't buy quack medicines. Consult a physician and be treated professionally.

Contributed by Bevery Carter for use by the Clearfield County Genealogy Project (

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