An extraordinary bet. Singular fatalities

A good deal of excitement has been caused in Leicester by the sudden death of two men within a few hours after making a very singular bet.

A merchant named Boot and a herbalist known as “Professor” Marlow were in a public-house together drinking when they made a bet as to who should die first, the stakes being handed over to a third party, who was to pay them to the longest liver.

Singularly enough both were dead in less than three hours annd a half. Mr Boot died first, suddenly, and within half-an-hour “Professor” Marlow also expired.

An unfounded rumour was circulated to the effect that Marlow had given Boot some medicine to sober him which caused his death, and that Marlow having himself taken some of the same medicine also expired suddenly.

The circumstances were so extraordinary that the Cornoner ordered inquests to be held in both cases, but the medical evidence showed that death resulted in the case of Boot from syncope, and in the case of Marlow from failure of the heart’s action, the casue in each case being practically the same. The jury returned verdicts of death from natural causes.

The Hartlepool Mail, February 5, 1890.

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