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N. D. Cochran.
Editor and; Publisher.
500 South Peoria St.
An Adless Daily Newspaper,
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Chicago, Friday, Feb. 6, 1914
Astonishing Case Found in Pennsylvania Doctors Put
zled by Man Who Cannot Sleep and Says He Hasn't
' tor Four Hundred Days and Nights r)
. Savants Call Sleep a Mystery
Duquesne, Pa., Feb. 6. These
weary eyes have not closed in sleep
in over 400 consecutive days and
nights! And yet Michael Youhouse,
skilled electric craneman, and whose
eyes these are, is going to work daily
apparently in perfect health! He
says he has never in the last 14
months enjoyed a moment of slum
ber. Youhouse has lived in Du
quesne, Pa., all his life.
Doctors, hopelessly puzzled, are
trying to- learn what could have been
the contents of the mysterious po
tion of sleeplessness which brought
Youhouse into this strange condition.
He himself says it was composed of
a mixture of wine, whisky, beer and
other ingredients that he couldn't dis
tinguish. He drank it at a great
Christmas celebration a year ago last
December. It was offered him, he
says, by a rival to the hand of his
sweetheart. He drank it all down on
"It felt like boiling lead in my stom
ach," he says. When I went home
that night I couldn't sleep a wink;
And not for one moment since then
have I closed my eyes to slumber. For
nearly 14 months, wth a torturing
turmoil of wakefulness in my brain, I
have gone about my work as usual.
People think I cannot be suffering be
cause I look so well. But I am.
"You wouldn't believe It would ba
such horrible torture just to stay
awake night and day, night and day,
all the time. Thoughts and worries
keep jumping through my head with
out a moment's rest and seem to se.1