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M ALIGN ANT MUMMY BANISHED BY BRITISH
AFTER SPREADING DEATH AND INJURY!
BY MARY BOYLE O'REILLY
London, England. May 11. The
"Malignant Mummy" of the British
Museum has finally met her fate.
Edgar Davies, photographer at the
immense treasure house, told me
how and why.
"Do I seem a sensible man?" de
manded Mr Davies. "Then believe
me or no. But do not scoff. I am
still afraid of the mummied priestess
of the sun. Listen. Ten years ago a
great English landowner brought the
mumtny from Egypt to. adorn his hall.
Report declared that of the mummy's
five discoverers two had'' almost Im
mediately lost their fortunes, one had
suffered amputation of an arm, one
had been blinded by an explosion and
one met a mysterious death.
"Within six months the English
man's fortune was lost on the stock
exchange. Worried by misfortune,
he grew nervous about the mummy
and presented it to the British Mu
seum. That week his luck changed.
He is again a rich man. Within a
month', of the four porters who car
ried the mummy into the Egyptian
room, two were dead and one had
broken his arms. I knew the men
and their stories, but I laughed at
"It became my business to photo
graph the Priestess of Ama-Ra. The
camera discovered that the mummy
case was inscribed with a hoary
curse. More surprising still, a photo
graph of that bland wooden face de
veloped as that of a fierce, malignant
woman. I laughed while I took that
picture. A few weeks later I was
"A clergyman who came to com
fort me told this story of the Egyp
tian princess. He had taken 20 chil
dren into the museum, advising them
not to tarry in the Egyptian room.
But one little girl saucily stuck out
her tongue at the malign mummy.
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The "Malignant Mummy." "
Next day the child was armless from
a motor accident.
"I could tell you "fifty similar
stories. There was no hiding the hor
ror of such happenings. , Attendants
in the Egyptian department petition
ed the museum trustees. Two of
their number had died mysterious
since the arrival of the mummy. The
rest lived in fear.