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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No. 1846, Sunday, August 21, 1831.

Death by Hydrophobia.

On Tuesday morning last, between eight and nine o'clock. Mr. Thomas Pike, a respectable stone-mason, who has for many years carried on an extensive business in Paddington-street, Mary-le-bone, fell a victim to this most lamentable and dreadful disease. It appears that about five months ago be received a bite from a dog in the Regent's-park, which was immediately secured, and afterwards killed, without being ascertained whether it was in a rabid state or not. The wound was treated in the usual manner, and quickly healed up, and no further notice was taken of the occurrence. On Friday evening Mr. Pike returned home, after spending the evening with some friends, and was taken suddenly ill. Medical assistance was immediately called in, and it was then discovered that he laboured under decided symptoms of hydrophobia. He was affected with the most violent spasms of the throat on being exposed to a current of fresh air, or at the sight of water, and, what was particularly afflicting, he retained to the last a full consciousness of his dreadful situation. Mr. M'Intyre, surgeon, of Devonshire-street, Portland-place, and Mr. Baker, of Thayer-street, Portman-sqnare, surgeon, accompanied by several professional friends, attended on Mr. Pike, and used every endeavour to lessen his sufferings; and although all the usual remedies were resorted to, none of these had any beneficial effect, and at last the unfortunate man was released by death from his severe agony. He was much respected by all who knew him, and has left a widow and family to deplore his lamentable fate.