Clifford McClure

Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia

May 18, 1905

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Hydrophobia Victim
Horrible Death of a Young Man at Pine Log
Bite of a Dog Some Months Ago Causes Rabies to Develop Last Week – Agony of Victim
Hydrophobia has claimed a victim in Bartow County.

Young Clifford McClure died at his father’s home near Folsom last Thursday.

The circumstances of his death were both tragic and pathetic.  Mr. McClure was a young man of splendid promise and good family who went west a few months ago to win his fortune in Texas.

Early in the spring he was attacked one evening as he came in from his work on the farm by a ferocious dog.  After a terrific struggle he succeeded in driving the dog away, but not until he was frightfully bitten on his hands and arms.

He hastened to Denison, Texas, where a “mad-stone” was applied to the wounds and adhered until it was hoped the poison had been removed.  But Mr. McClure decided to return to his father’s home at Folsom, and came there several weeks ago.  Acting under the advice of a local physician, he went to Atlanta for the purpose of taking treatment at the Pasteur Institute, but for some reason failed to get treat and returned home.

His wounds healed nicely and he expressed the belief that he was entirely well.  But on Saturday before his death, symptoms of hydrophobia began to develop.  The sound of running water made him frantic and he could not drink it without convulsions.

Mr. McClure grew worse until it became necessary to tie him to the bed.  When the paroxysms came on, he developed giant strength and could not be held without the aid of strong new sheets rolled and tied across his chest, stomach and lower limbs.  His sufferings were frightful.  But there were lucid intervals in which he grew calm and talked of his condition with composure.  He realized his condition and told his father he was prepared to die.  Before his death on Thursday, he grew comparatively quiet and the end came without special suffering.

The neighborhood was greatly stirred by his tragic death, and intense sympathy is felt for the bereaved family.

[NOTES: Clifford McClure is buried at the Pine Log Cemetery.]


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