Death of William H. Marsh.
One of the most untimely deaths that has occurred in many years among those engaged in the waterworks business was that of William II Marsh, on May 20. A short time ago Mr. Marsh was dressing the wound of a spaniel puppy which he did not know had the rabies, and the animal licked a part of his hand that had an abrasion of the skin. Soon afterwards tetanus developed, and so far had the disease spread that, when medical advice was sought, Mr. Marsh was informed that death would result in a short time. Two days afterwards he died in great agony surrounded by the members of his family. When informed by the surgeon of his hopeless condition, Mr. Marsh inquired how long he had to live, and, on being told, sat down quietly and arranged his business affairs as if writing a letter in his office. He then tried to make as plucky a fight as possible before his family while enduring great suffering until death came to his relief. William H. Marsh was an inventor of many appliances, his first being water-motors, of which he manufactured and sold a large number. During the bicycle rage he put on the market a cyclometer, which was a success from the start. Later he engaged in manufacturing water meters and carried on a profitable business in that line at Robinson street, Brooklyn, New York, up to the time of his death. He had also an interest in a new military weapon which was being introduced into the army. It is said to be the most destructive instrument of war ever invented, being able to discharge 300 rounds of ammunition with each shot and to continue the operation for an indefinite period. Not only the United States, but foreign governments were negotiating for the purchase of rights to use the gun. Fearing that there might be some doubt as to the exact cause of Mr. Marsh’s death, an autopsy was held, which verified the opinion of the doctors. Funeral services were held at the family residence, 47 Ocean Avenue, Flatbush, Brooklyn, on the 22ti instant, and interment took place at Greenwood on the following day.