Killed by joy

The postman knocked at the door of Peter Kitchen, a well-known florist, Wortley, Leeds, on Sunday and delivered a letter bearing the Bloemfontein postmark.

It was from Mr Kitchen’s son, a member of the Ambulance Corps with No. 9 Field Hospital out in South Africa, who had not been heard of for some time.

The letters showed that the young man was well and hearty. Mr Kitchen, senior, who was 80 years of age, was so overcome with joy on at last receiving news of his son’s safety that he expired without warning.

The Edinburgh Evening News, August 23, 1900

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