Searching through the Daily Iowa Capital newspaper, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa from September 14th, 1899, is this very brief death announcement:
"PARROT TURNED ON GAS
Suffocation Causes Death of a Washington Woman.
Washington, Sept. 14 - Miss Alice Knott was found dead in bed Tuesday. She had been suffocated by gas, which a pet parrot had turned on."
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