FATAL EFFECTS OF CHLOROFORM. The Wytheville (Va.) Times says: - On Saturday, the 1st of April, Drs. Robert and Joseph Crocket, of this place, and Dr. Kincannon, of Smyth, were performing a surgical operation an interesting little boy, about five years of age, son of Mr. Benham, of Symth county, when in order to render him somewhat insensible to his suffering, they deemed it advisable to administer a mixture of chloroform and either, which caused his death almost instantly. The operation to be performed was to remove a fungus tumor from his back, which was accomplished just as he died.
Source: The Southern Watchman, Athens, Georgia, Tuesday, May 21, 1857; Pg. 2, Column 2