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Thursday, January 29, 1903
Daughters of Weiser Couple Pass Away Suddenly From Unknown Cause
The Weiser Signal gives the following account of the death of two children at that place
in a very mysterious manner.
"On last-Sunday morning immediately after breakfast the two young daughters of Mr.
and Mrs. J. M. Fisher, Jean aged 4 years, and Katherine, aged 2 years, were taken
violently ill. A physician was at once summoned but in spite of his efforts the older
child died within 24 hours. About 12 hours later, on Monday, the younger child died. All
the physicians of Weiser were summoned after the death of Jean but they were unable to
save the second. The case is very puzzling and the doctors have been unable to decide upon
the cause of death. There were no symptoms of disease and death occurred too quickly to be
caused by ordinary forms of contagious diseases and none of these were present. No unusual
food had been eaten, and others ate what the children ate and were not sick. The
physicians held a post mortem examination and examined the food and the stomachs of the
children, but could find no evidence of poison. The stomach of the younger has been sent
away for chemical analysis.
"Meanwhile the awful fact stuns the parents that the children are dead. Mrs. Fisher
is so prostrated with grief as to be in a most serious condition."