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Monday, December 19, 2011
Mania a Potu: Near death in Waco 1888
On page 4 of the Waco Evening News this day, 123 years ago, a curious note was placed regarding an incident at the saloon. Unfortunately, inside jokes are lost in time. Who was the traveler so "well known in Waco" that a name was unnecessary?
"The banks of the dark river were pressed mighty close to-day, by the staggering feet of a commercial traveler, well known in Waco. He fell from a chair in a saloon about ten oclock this morning, and was taken to the city hall. His symptoms verging on a fierce form of mania a potu, grew alarming and a physician was called in. At three this evening he was thought to be out of danger, but if he should recover he will have made a narrow escape from the dark waters of the Styx."
"Mania a potu" - madness from excessive consumption of alcohol.