Another cyanide case report with red coloration.
On this day, five gentlemen of fortune decided to cash in on the high price of nickel by a nocturnal visit to an electroplating company's Vancouver premises. Their plans were interrupted by the police. Three escaped, one was captured on the roof and the fifth, who forms subject of this report, decided to hide in the building.
When he heard the police dog coming he climbed into one of six tanks. Neglecting the five open ones, he picked the sixth, which was covered because it contained silver cyanide, potassium cyanide - 12 ounces to each of the 150 gallons and sodium hydroxide. He crouched in the fluid just long enough to experience severe burning in his scrotum from the sodium hydroxide and jumped out in front of the police dog and the police. He promptly fell unconscious to the floor, where he was immediately pinned by the dog.
The police with admirable dispatch immediately hosed off their valuable assistant and his prisoner and rushed the latter to the emergency department of the Vancouver General Hospital, where he was further washed off and given amyl nitrite and intravenous sodium thiosulphate. Searching for further remedies in addition to saline stomach washouts, an alert resident contacted the hyperbaric chamber crew, who welcomed the opportunity to the extent that about 15 minutes later the comatosed and now convulsing patient was on his way down to three atmospheres absolute (3 ATA) of pure oxygen.
At this time the 30-year-old patient still had a good pulse and a bright red colour...