August Rascher

The Mountain Democrat

April 30, 1878, page 3

ANOTHER VICTIM - At his cabin on Mathenas Creek, about 3 1/2 miles from Diamond Springs, on the morning of April 16th, August Rauscher was found dead in his bed, where he was last seen alive on Friday, the 12th. Coroner Collins held an inquest on the remains on the afternoon of the 18th. The testimony at the inquest indicated that for about two months the deceased had subsisted almost exclusively on wine of his own manufacture. During that entire period his most intimate acquaintances had not seen him eat a bit of food. There was none about the premises in which he was found dead, nor any indication that he had cooked or eaten anything for a long while. There were three barrels of wine yet on hand, but no flour, no potatoes, no meat - nothing whatever in the way of eatables. Deceased had doubtless been dead for not less than three days when discovered, but there were no signs of decomposition, nor did the body emit any offensive smell. The case goes far to show that wine will sustain life for quite a while, will preserve the body for some time after death, but indulged in to excess or presisted in as an exclusive diet, it will end the existence of its devotee.

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