Sapp, Arkas

Sapp, Arkas             1886 October 16th        Bishopstoke

On Friday Mr Spencer Clarke held an inquest, at the Red Lion Hotel, on the body of Mr Arkas Sapp, chemist, and one of the borough magistrates, who locked himself in his bedroom on Wednesday evening, and on the door being burst open at eleven o’clock he as lying in bed dressed, life being extinct. A bottle containing prussic acid was found in the room near the bed, and Dr Johnson said the appearance of the body was characteristic of death from prussic acid.

No explanation of the reason for the act is forthcoming, except that Dr Johnson stated deceased three years ago consulted an eminent physician, Dr Gilbert Smith, who sent witness his opinion that it was a very obscure case, but he thought there was some probability of latent brain disease.

The jury returned a verdict that the deceased killed himself by taking prussic acid, but there was no evidence to show what the state of his mind was at the time. He was a borough magistrate, formerly a town councillor, deacon of the Congregational Church, and leader of a young men’s bible class.

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