Sam Martinovich, a Montana Miner, Asphyxiated in His Hotel.

Gas claimed another victim yesterday, Sam Martinovich, who had just arrived in the city on Saturday afternoon from Butte, Montana.

The deceased was a man of means, as his effects, when examined at the Coroner’s office, demonstrated. In his pocket was a draft issued from the bank in Butte for $1600, together with a note for $100, bearing date January, 1884. His naturalization papers bore date of 1888, and were taken out in Tuolumne before Judge Rooney. A pistol and a rifle and shotgun combined were found in his possession.

On his arrival yesterday afternoon he secured a room in the Europe Hotel, 725 Sansome street, where he went to bed at 10 o’clock in the morning. Nothing was seen of him until 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon, when the smell of escaping gas attracted the attention of the people living in the house. On going to his room his dead body was found just as he had gone to sleep. It appeared to those present that he must have blown the light out, as the fixtures were in good order.

The San Francisco Call, February 7, 1898.

Reprinted in the Holy Trinity Cathedral LIFE, Vol. 6, No. 6, February 1999.