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Wk . -filE SAET LAKE TRIBUNE, SUNDAY MORiWG, MATCSH 23, 1913, W- .' - Ai-.' H
Iz Eminent French
Miracle Can Be
Offers His Own
Body to Test His
by Many Facts
SfSjffHBN Clark Russell wrote his fa-
mous novel, "The Frozen PI-
rate," most people probably re
garded it as a fantastic dream that a man
frozen Btiff should como to life again.
But now scientists declare that this bold
flight of the imagination goeB little farther .
than occurrences that are constantly tak
ing place In nature, and that many ani
mals and possibly men may come to life
again alter being frozen solid like a block
It Is even suggested that the bodies ol
Captain Scott and his brave companions,
who perished on their way back from the
South Pole, may be recovered and brought
to life again by scientific treatment In
I theory, at least, tnere seems a
possibility that this may be done.
Dr. August de Caste! lane Sey
more, a nobleman of scientific
training, proposes a method by
which, he declares, the bodies
of Captain Scott and hiB com
, panlons may be revived. The
doctor, who is of mixed French
and Dnnlsh parentage, Ib now
living at New Rochelle, N. Y.
"The possibility of bringing
animals to life after they have
been frozen has already been
demonstrated," said Dr. Seymore,
' "but I have devised a technique
that will permit the thawing out
of frozen humnn beings with
positive assurance of success.
"T have prepared a fluid which
I if Injected into a frozen body
after it has been thawed out,
will make the return to life
safe and certain. I cannot give
all the details of the composition I
just now, but am willing to sub- J
mil it to a physician of standing.
"Furthermore I offer my own body aB a
test of the efficacy of this fluid. I am will
ing to be put into cold storage for one or
one hundred years, and I am looking for a
reputable physician who will carry out the
experiment on me according to my dlrec-
fl "The bodies of Captain Scott and his
companions, if brought back to clviliza
tion in a frozen condition could be re
vlved. The captain and his three corn
el panlons were found frozen stiff In their
tents nearly eight months after their
death. The captain was sitting with his
back against the tent pole. The bodies
were in perfect condition.
t "They were left bb they lay. In fact,
they were frozen bo stiff It would have
been impossible to change their attitude.
A snow hill was built over them and a
memorial cross placed over this.
"Perhaps a solid block of ice will have
formed around Captain Scott before he
can be recovered. In any case, it will be
necessary to put the body In a refrigerator,
keeping it below freezing point, if my
treatment is to be applied.
fl "I have 'already tried this treatment
upon my dog with complete success. In
bringing back a human subject to life an
important part of the method would be the
injection of a large Quantity of blood from
. man in good health.
H "In the course of my scientific studies
I observed that snakes, toads, bats, lizards
and vipers all cold-blooded anmials
hibernate; that they partake of no food;
that digestion ceases entirely and respira
tion is greatly reduced, while the other
fl functions of nature during this period of
Winter sleep, are entirely suspended.
"I also observed the same to be true of
warm-blooded animals, the bear, squirrel,
rabbit, 'posBum and coon, etc., although
they do not freeze, as do the former.
"I studied this subject of suspended anl
matlon. I came across the case of a toad
that had been imbedded in a rock for at
Hj least 200 years, without air, without food,
in a temperature below 82. I had in the
meantime experimented with various anl
mals of various sizes and kinds. I found
that hibernating bats could' remain In wa-
trforhours and yet livel
MfcMWBldPdto- trv mv pXGTfi?15iHfa
The Late Captain Scott,
Caught in the Antarctic
Blizzard, Which Caused
the Death of Himself and
his Companions. One of
a Remarkabe Series of
Sketches Made by Dr. E.
A. Wilson, One of Cap
tain Scott's Party, During
their Last Journey.
ing and restoration. I tried It on 'posBums,
next on cats, and finally on a dog. The
first were failures, but my dog survived
the ordeal. Then I perfected my fluid, and
It Is with the assistance of this fluid that
I expect to reanimate the human body,
aided ,by heat, massage, the pulrnotor and
the Elaemenger method of artificial
In addition to Dr. Castellane Seymore's
experiments, there Is an abundance of
Bcientlflo evidence regarding the preserva
tion of life and animal tissues at low tem
peratures. These range from the cases of
suspension of life in lower animals, such
as frogs and fishes, to the extraordinary
preservation of the tissues In a prehlstorlo
mammoth 20,000 years old, found enclosed
in a blook of Ice. The Important point,
however, Is that It has never been proved
that life can bo suspended by freezing and
then restored In man or the warm-blooded
Perhaps the most interesting recent ob
servations concerning the suspension and
restoration of life were made by Sir Er
neBt 8hackle"ton, Captain Scott'B former
lieutenant Shackleton found that the lit
tle insects called "rotifers" and" water
bears" were capable of remaining alive
indefinitely when frozen. In hio book,
"The Heart of the Antarctic," Shackleton
"As soon aB the animals were obtained
from the weed enclosed in the ice In the
manner described above, It was obviouB that
mere freezing did not kill them. They
were first got In the shallow lakeB, where
the weed could bo Been through the trans
parent Ice at the margins. There were
plenty In --n the shallow lakes. A shaft
"Captain Scott was buried as he was found , sitting against the pole of his tent,
his body frozen stiff as iron, and when it is recovered it will,
probably be found enclosed in a block of ice."
bottom of Blue Lake. There was a film of
yellow weed covering the gravel of which
the bottom was composed, and on this
weed several kinds of rotifers were found
alive. This fact seemed more remarkable
later, when we found that Blue Lake did
not melt during the two Summers that we
spent at Capo Royds. This means that the
animals must be capable of remaining
frozen for years, possibly for many, years,
Without boing killed.
"To test the degree of cold which they
could stand, blockB of Ice were cut from
Swiss chemist, has recently proved that "'
fish could be frozen and brought to life '
again. He suggested the possibility of u '
producing the same conditions with the , -warm-blooded
Professor Richard Muirhead, the Eng- , ' V '
liBh biologist, in his "Studies of Vital En . jr
durance," has colleoted many cases ol
lower animals that have been frozen and
restored to life. He caused several gold fish ;'
to be frozen In a solid cake of ice. At the
end of a week he dug two out One he
broke to pieces as if it were just a cake
the lakes and exposed to the air in the
coldest weather of the' whole Winter. By
boring Into the centre of the blocks we
found that they were as cold aB the air.
A temperature of minus 40 degrees Fahr.
did not kill the animals.
"Then they were alternately frozen and
thawed weekly for a long period, and took
no harm. They were dried and frozen, and
thawed and moistened, and Btill they lived.
At last they were dried, and the bottle
containing them was Immersed in boiling
water, which was allowed to cool gradu
ally, and still a great many survived.
Again they were put into sea water, and
into the brine from the bottom of Green
Lake, which Is so salt that it only freezes
at about zero (Fahr.). They were left in '
these salt waters for a month, yet as soon
as they were transferred to fresh water
they began to crawl about as though noth
ing had happened.
"Such is the vitality of these little ani
mals that they can endure being taken
from ice at a minus temperature, thawed,
dried and subjected to a tomperature not
very far short of boiling point, all within
a few hours (a range of more than 200
degreeB Fahr.). It Is not the eggs merely
that survive all theso changes, but the
grown animals. Those are animals com
paratively high In the scale. The rotifers
are worms, and the water-bears (which
stood the same tests) are cousins to the
insects and spiders.
"It is a curious fact that those animals,
which can endure such extremes of heat
and cold, and other unfavorable condi
tions, readily die when left in cold water
at a moderate temperature."
Professor Raoul Pictet a well-known
A WONDERFUL instrument
has been perfected, called
the "electro cardiograph," by
means of which a physician is able
to see and count the patient's heart
A Frog Brought to 'Life After Being Frozen All Winter
How Captain Scott and His Companions
Hauled Their Own Supplies
to the South Pole.
Sketch try Dr. IS. A, WUaa
The Pulmotor Will Be Used in Dr. A. de CuUlkB
UA f IC6, B th6r wa'8 1ickly thitfl
Method and jmmiateiy beBan to agM
Qf nothingad happened t'o it
the fish -were restored to life atH
Bringing of a year. tfH
Frogs hve been found frozen hil
a r-rozen cake of ice and when released
(Man to !!bout ? frrily aB ever- cH
have also been found Imbedded iniH
Life. cae lor a long Derioa tyM
been alive when released, it jj JH
serted that they have lived whan
In a piece of petrified atone froiaH
geological period. fl
The Late Captain Scott in the
Marching Equipment He Wore on
His Journey to the South Pole.
Sketch by Dr. E. A. Wilson.
Son it Ib proved ttat'tfyH
arrests decomposition is i tkf
sues of man and thft wan&H
animals, aB well as In UiosiiH
lowr animals. DecompJB
an 'accompaniment of ltla'H
process that arreata deoonnSH
but'does not destroy the poH
of ,lt may merely arrest HfnH
oui aestroylng IL That Ii vkMr
-what takes place In tho lorvEi
mala, but In the warm-MoofoiK
mals it seems that at soau'jBl"
in the freezing or thawiar.rmfc
life la stopped.
"We see the possibility of twH
ly suspended animation unaeX1
higher animals in those ttMwB
Bate. Ia these creatures &2H
ceases and breathing is przctyStt
at a standstill. It Is oolyilfc1'
short of the frog living to Ri.'E'
It remains quite possible tbtftta
mammal frozen alive raHjBptt
Uvea but loses Us lire dorlifSiji
cruel process of thawing. OtEtt
bridge over this gap In thetap
uous life current? This K"
question that Dr. August d bPj
lane Seymore processes tDK
answered. It Is one that BaiEf
terest all solentlsts.
beats from a distance of a mile or
The progress of several common
diseases Is plainly indicated by the
frequency and force of the patient's
heart beats. By the use of this new
instrument a doctor, while sitting
in his office, may watch the progress
of the diseases of several patientB,
hour by hour, and so avoid un
necessary personal visits.
This Instrument Is, in effect, a
heart telephone, which shows the
doctor to the minutest fraction of a
second how the heart is beating. In
the hospital ward the patient places
each hand in a dish cf Bait water,
to which conducting wires are con
nected with the instrument in tho
Every time the heart beats it pro
duces an electric current, and this
current Is conducted to a fine thread
suspended between tho poles of a
very powerful electro-magnet. The
thread is so thin as to be almost in
visible to the naked eye. It is made
from drawn glass and is 7-1,000 of
a millimotro in diameter.
As the patient puts his hands in
the dish of salt water by the bed
side the action of the heart is elec
trically telegraphed to the thread,
which is deflected with every heart
On the principle of the magic lan
tern the thread is practically the
"slide" a powerful arc light throws
the thread's magnified reflection on
a screen, and by a cunning contri
vance it is automatically photo
graphed, on a moving plate. In this
way an "electro-cardiograph," or
heart beat picture, is obtained.
"It is possible," said a doctor
who explained the apparatus, "to
record heart beats a mile distant.
Indeed, I think it might be possible
to bring the telephone Into use and
record the throbbing of the heart
ever greater distances."
Somo interesting experiments
have been made by the authorities
at a London Hospital. An ele
phant, was taken into the yard and
made to stand with his feet In hip
baths of the salt solution while his
Iheart beats were photographed in
a room upstairs. The cardiograph
6howed that his heart was beating
forty times to tho minute.
A rat was also experimented on, ci
with small glass dishes fortiiiHP
Its heart beat GOO times In s tiiHP,
The normal heart beat 0(1 n
being is at the rate of sutftB;
The London Hospital Ii MHf
a heart department, uatefKt'd
direction of that eminent hNJt'flp n
clallst, Dr. James MackeiifejH
said recently: Pta
"The curse of the Esst 3dHfti
not phthisis, but rheumatl50,iR
attacks young people eajl? HB2?
of their weakened conditlciK
their unhealthy way of llvhf.H
rheumatism comes the rkBL'"
heart, and the younger ttf 'rB
their first attack of rbeuBiajBF
the more likely Ib the heartM
"Thus there are thottliByj
heart' patients, who forofojMl
army of 'unemployable.'
grave social problem thst Ig i
to tackle by the establlBhnwWjU
highly specialized 'heart
menf which will toveatlPW:.
study the question of the Jt'
here is a field that Js PW WMJ
"There are many WjJBHj
nectlon with heart P5JB
nights you may find f ySBJfl
tient sitting up
iiui difficulty, xS8Bft!
the exact reaBon why JUIJJMFJj
night should affect all W
the same way. UKASES
'Up to the presSSHR'
has tod twelve beds .'3M'&
Seen extremely aucceaffiMStt.
treatment of heart owj
i sogreat that we jSSMffi
found V special department
patients' department Jh
SrV; and two circled W'MJMP JJ
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