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A Blnu Who, While Suffering from
Hallucinations, Kllleil a Woman anil
Committed Arson, Set Free Soma
Strange Doings.
The plea of Prof. Alfred Morrison of
Mount Vernon, N. Y who Is now on
trial for tho murder of his wife, that
tho deed which resulted In her death
and his arrest was done while ho was
In a somnambulistic state brlng3 to
mind other cases lu which somnam
bulism was used as the defense In
trfcrin for crime. Probably tho most
remarkable case on record In this
country was tried In Boston In 1845.
The defendant, Alfred J. Tlrroll,
charged with murder, was convicted In
tho public mind boforo the trial bo
gan. Tlrroll waa of good family, but
had vicious habits. Ho was separated
from his wife and was living with one
Maria BIckford. One night the In
mates of tho house where they were
living heard a cry, a sound as of n
heavy body falling to tho floor, and
of somoono descending tho stairs. Then
Arc was discovered, and when It was
extinguished tho Dlckford woman was
found among tho embers, her throat
cut from ear to ear. A woman In the
house next door had been awakened at
the time by tho cry of a woman. At
tho trial it appeared that from his
youth TIrrclI had been subject to som
nambulistic paroxysms. On tho morn
ing the BIckford woman was found
killed he appeared at n friend's houso
as If In a stupor, so much so as to
frighten his friend. Expert testimony
waa given showing that tho prisoner
waa evidently u somnambulist, and It
was stated whllo In a somnambulistic
state a person could dress himself,
commit homlcldu, set fire to a house
and run into the street. Tlrrell wa3
pronounced not guilty, and was also
acquitted on tho charge of arson.
iSleep-walklng was tho plea set up In
defense of George Wilson, an Indus
trious Chicago mechanic, who was
charged with numerous burglaries
three years ago. It appeared that Wil
son followed his calling honestly In
tho daytlmo, but when night canio on
and sleep overtook him his nature un
derwent a radical change. Wilson, the
honest mechanic, became Wilson, the
housebreaker and thief. Ono of tho
most singular, and at the same tlmo
sad cases of somnambulism occurred a
few years ago near Bakorsvllle, N. C.
A young man there named Garland had
been la the habit of walking In his
sleep from childhood. Finally ho be
gan to stay away from tho house long
er than usual, and always returned
soaking wet. His wife followed him
ono night. He wont along tho highway
until ho camo to a narrow trail lead
ing to tho river. For more than a
mllo tho sleeper trudged on, until ho
camo to a largo poplar treo which had
fallen with Its topmojt branches far
out Into tho river. Walking on tho
log until ho camo to a largo limb, ho
got down on his 'hands and knees and
began crawling out on It. Tho fright
ened wlfo screamed and called to him to
como back. Ho was awakened by hor
cries, foil Into tho river and was
drowned. It Is nlmost certain that
each night for weeks ho had taken that
perilous trip, leaped Into the rlvor,
swam ashoro and returned homo un
conscious of 'anything having hap
pened. Nogrettl, an Italian Bleep
walker, sometimes carried a candlo ns
If to furnish him light, but when a bot
tlo was substituted ho carried It, fan
cying ho had a candle. Another som
nambulist, Castolll, was found trans
lating Italian and French and looking
out words In his dictionary.
It is a remarkable' fact that In the
caso of sonio somnambulists tho same
car which may be deaf to the loudest
noises will perceive oven a whisper
from one particular with whom alono
tho sleeper appears to bo able to hold
communion. Thoro aro Instances of
murderers having been detected by
talking of their crimes In tholr sleep.
Experts claim that tho truthfulness of
slcop-walklng may nearly always bo
relied on.
Hmallpox Time Saw.
Tho statistics of smallpox show that
this allmont Is moro prevalent from
January to Juno than In tho latter half
of tho year. Measle3 show a descend
ing curvo In January, a rise In May
and June, a fall from August to Oc
tober, and then a rise In November and
December, carrying us on to tho Jan
uary fall. Scarlet fever Is low from
January to July; It rises In August,
and Is high till tho end of Decembor.
Typhoid fever Is typically an allmont
.of the autumn.
(Ilrl Attempt Ileform, llecomet Degraded
ntid Die.
Five young men aro now In prison In
Philadelphia, to await the action of
the grand jury, as a consequence of the
death a fow days slnco of Miss May
lllblghaus, a young nnd protty girl,
who died under lamentable circum
stances. Miss Dlblghnus belonged to a
highly respected family, and at ono
time was an enthusiastic church work
er. Last May she determined to bring
converts Into the church, and offered
her services to Mrs. J. D. Nash, su
perintendent of the Chinese mission.
She entered on hor labors enthusiastic
ally, and apparently was so devoted to
tho work that sho had tlmo for noth
ing else. During daylight hours sho
was almost always absent from hor
home, nnd even her evenings wero
spent out. Her mother and sl3tors no
ticed that the bloom was rapidly
fading from her faco, and urged her
to abandon tho work at least for a
time. But sho would not. Meantime
Miss Blblghaus, Instead of making con
verts or endeavoring to do so, was faBt
going to ruin. She had contracted tho
opium hnblt, and Instead of reforming
others sho wns degrading herself. But
of this her people were Ignorant. A
few days ago the girl Went to rooms on
Vine street, whore, with five young
men, who spent several hours. She
smoked opium, nnd Anally became sick.
A physician was summoned, and as her
condition was serious she was sent to
a hospital, whero tho next day sho
died. Now tho young men, all between
23 and 28, aie held for the grand Jury.
rollout Ii Knalried to Visit Her Homo
und Seo Iter Kelatlvcs.
"I know a physician In this city who
has a patient, a young woman whom ho
hypnotizes, and whose Intelligence
the subliminal self he then sends to
her home, hundreds of miles away,thU3
learning what happens there, who has
called, what was said. She tells him
these things. Their accuracy Is posi
tively verified subsequently by tho per
sons In that home." This Is ono of
several remarkable assertions made
last evening by Dr. John Quackcnbos,
emeritus professor of Columbia univer
sity, who has studied and practiced
hypnotism for year3 and who Is a rec
ognized authority on tho subject. "It
Is not at all wonderful that a clair
voyant should toll you what Is lu your
mind," ho said. "Any decent clair
voyant can do that. But it Is won
derful, but true, that an Intelligence
can bo sent far away. I am now pre
paring a woman to bo clnlrvoyant In
order that she may assist a physician
In Tennessee. Such things as this fact
of a young woman In a hpynotlc stato
telling what transpires In her home
hundreds of miles away seeing nnd
hearing tends, I think, to prove tho
Immortality of tho soul, slnco It is see
ing without eyes, hearing without ears,
for tho eyes and ears are here, let us
say, yet actions, appearance and con
versations are seen and heard else
where." Dr. Quackcnbos believes from
his own experience that many forni3
of disease, many tendencies toward
evil, such as drink and ctgarotto smok
ing, and oven degenerato traits may be
cured by hynotlsm. Now York Herald.
Why Some churches Fall.
Rev. Dr. W. S. Ralnsford of Now
York roforred to the work of tho
church at a recent Episcopal gathering
in Philadelphia In tho following words:
"ine church Is not fitting Itself to now
conditions. Tho pcoplo don't want her,
because away down In hor soul sho
don't want them. Our clergy are nar
row and Ignorant. If we aro going to
bo able ministers of tho New Testa
ment wo havo got to know our country
for one thing. Wherever I go I seo
churches that are failures. You never
see printed records of tho falling, but
you hear of tho sudden collapse What
causes these failures? Because the
churches do not hold the fact that now
times bring now duties. You don't
supposo tho church Is absolutely right
today. It Is that spirit of life which
meanB growth that tho church wants.
Church fallureB result not from lack of
zeal or lack of earnestness, but becnuso
ugaln and again the thing that Is good
In one ago is not good in tho next dec
ado. Now occasions havo not taught
tho church now duties. Growth or
death, chooso which you will have. Tho
living God's organization has to be tho
most vitally Instinct with mind of any
organization In the world. But It Is
The Honrs of Fate.
Dr. Rlcbnrdson tells us that In the
period between midnight and six In
the morning tho animal vital processes
aro at their lowest ebb. It is at theso
times that thoso who are enfeeblec
from any cause most frequently die.
Physicians often consider theso hours
as critical, and forewarn anxious
friends In respect to them. From
tlmo Immemorial those who havo been
accustomed to wait and nttond on tho
sick havo noted tho hours most anx
iously, so that they have been called
by our old writers tho "hours of fate."
In this spaco of time the Inlluence of
tho lifo-glvlng sun has been longest
withdrawn from man, and the hearts
of even tho strongest beat with sub
dued tone. Sleop la heaviest and death
Is nearest to U3 all in the "hours of
Made No Olffernnre.
Clerk You can't get a room for him
here. He's drunk. Wytto (supporting
his "weary" friend) I know ho Is.
What of that? Clork (scornfully)
This Is a temperanco hotel. Wytts
Well, he's too' drunk to know tho dif
ferencePhiladelphia Press.
Original Cause of the Trouble Long
Since Usad, hut tho Struggle Is Yet
Hitter Fight Has Lasted for Twenty
A single Texas steer, long since
tnado Into beef, has been tho Innocent
cnuse of 200 people meeting violent
deaths and tho expenditure In litiga
tion of at least SlOO.000. Tho bitter
feud, for such the quarrel over the $10
maverick has developed Into, was bo
gun 20 years ago, but seems no nearer
a settlement today than It did then.
The troublo all camo about over the
disputed possession of one long-homed
swift-footed steer which was found to
bo without a brand when tho round-up
of tho Townsends and Heeses of Colo
rado county, Texas, was llnlshod. In
a caso llko this It was tho custom for
ono cowboy from each party to bo
chosen to attempt to rope tho Btecr.
The ono whoso rope first settled over
tho animal waa to win the prize. Ac
cordingly this wns done. When the pis
tol shot sent tho chosen riders Into vio
lent exercise the rival cowboys cast on
all thought of anything but tho' big
stew. This brute gave a snort of de
fiance, turned and fled swiftly, being a
good one on tho hot foot. The boys
wero well mounted and It was u raco
from tho crack of tho gun. They bore
down on tho steer, which let out n few
links und loped afar off, whero he
waited. This was1 his undoing, for tho
boys separated and surrounded him as
well ns two horsemen could.
Mr. Steer saw IiIb orror when tho
boys were close up, on each side, so ho
undertook to go In between. Two ropea
wore swinging around two heads as
tho animal started to llnd an exit from
nn unexpected pockot. They Hew from
their owners' hands as tho brute
ducked his head, trying to avoid them.
Townsond sent his around tho neck of
tho steer, whllo Reese found a fore
leg. Up swerved the ponies and tho
steer camo to the ground with a crash,
out of breath and a trembling prisoner.
Who won htm?
Both claimed him nnd wero arguing
verbally when the owners rodo up and
Joined lu. From words, strong and
variegated au they were, the disputants
went to other arguments moro power
ful. When tho smoke of battlo cleared
away two ropes needed handlers, ono
owner waa bleeding to death, still
gasping out his claim to tho nicer,
whllo tho other was nursing a frac
tured leg. Tho men of tho two outfits
were about to continue tho melee, but
cooler counsols prevailed, and tho
steer nnd his ownership were taken
Into court.
Tho warring families live in Colum
bus, a small cattle village In Texas
courts aro apt to becomo scenes of
something more than battles of Intel
lociltal skill. Tho steer was worth pos
sibly $40. Suit was brought by Town
Bend for tho animal nnd fought by
ltecso, Hoio tho war wuged na merrily
ns It had on the range. Townsend got
Judgment In replevin nnd Reese gnvo
bond ho hod the bull and appealed.
Then the parties to tho feud loft court,
nnd later shot up bo mo more. Half a
dozen lives wero added to tho list of
tho dead and tho court costs wore now
flvo times tho valuo of tho steer.
Tho caso was tried again after tho
murder trial had been hold. The ex
pense to the two fuctlons, Involving
half tho population of Columbus, piled
up In geometrical ratio. By tho end
of flvo years from tho beginning of tho
row 12 or 13 persons had cashed In
In f hurry and thoy and their relatives
hud paid over In costs something liko
The mortality became so great that
oven In Texas sc;uaro, open battlo could
no longer bo re&orted to, Tho Inevita
ble sequence;) of ? long-standing and
bitter feud followed. Men took all
kinds of advantages of each othor.
Shooting from ambush was one of tho
features of the long-continued war.
Then, without positive evidence, tho
faction which sustained tho most re
cent loss would essay to round up alt
the others for trial on the charge of
murder. If sonw wero caught by tho
sheriff and taken to court tho court
room was apt to becomo the placo of
battle. Tho prisoners, helpless nnd
disarmed, were shot down, while tho
Bhcrlff and his deputies tried to pre
vent slaughter by shooting tho assail
ants. Tho row extended bo that no trial
with any symptom of Justice can be
he)d lu Colorado county. Now tho
cases are all tried In Bastrop county,
whero the last light or, rather, am
bushtook place. It Is probable that
this has Been the last trial involving
tho feudists. Tho caso that called
them to tho town with tho county's
nnnio wns ono wherein J. O. Townsend
wns accused of having shot and killed
his uncle, ex-ShcrlfT Reese. Then n
brother of tho ox-sheriff was killed
shortly after. Tho caso wns on trlnl,
but was not concluded, tho Judge con
tinuing It to tho next term.
And the Wrerkte) Act Ncn'ly Colt a
I.timhuriuan His Life.
Bangor (Me.) correspondence New
York Sun: Antolno Parent, a Fronch
Canndlnn logger. Is now lit tho Old
town hospital, slowly recovering from
tho effect of trying to catch nnd hold
a frightened buck deer! He will get
well, but It was a closo call for him.
One day lately tho boss of tho camp
on Tomhcgan stream, whero Antolno
was employed, caught sight of a 200
pound buck In tho edgo of tho clearing
and grabbing his rllle, shot tho animal
in tho leg. Tho buck wont down, but
was soon up and racing madly around
the clearing on throe legs. The boaa
nover thought to shoot ngaln, but.drop
plng his rlllo, yelled to tho crow, who
were eating tholr dinner: "Stop heem!
Stop hcom!" Tho tables wero deserted
In au instant, und ull hands mado n
rush for tho buck. Many of thorn
managed to get n grab at him, but that
was all tho buck bowled them ovor
liko ninepins and mado for the woods.
Only Antolno Parent barred tho way.
"Catch heem!" yollod tho boss, and An
tolno, spreading out his nrms, answer
ed back, confidently: "Yaas, I catch
heem!" Thoro was a tackle that beat
anything In football history, and down
wont Antolno and the buck, with the
buck on top. Tho deor kicked llko
twenty thrashing machines, and dug
his horns Into Antolno's back. Tho
woodsman would havo boon killed but
for tho quick arrival of tho men from
tho camp. They mndo short work of
tho deer and sent Antolno to Groon
vllle, whero a doctor patched him up.
Tho deer's horns had martJ a holo near
ly through his body, but tho French
Canadians aro tough, and bo Antolno
will Hvo to chop more logs.
An F.xtranrdlniiry lalnud.
In tho Buy of Plenty, Now Zealand,
Is ono of tho most extraordinary Is
larulB In tho world. It la called White
Island, and consists mainly of sulphur
mixed with gypsum nnd a few other
minerals. Over tho iBland, which Is
nbout 800 and 900 feot above tho Hca,
floats continually, an lmmonso cloud of
vupor, attaining an olovatlon of 10,000
feet. In the center Is a boiling lako of
ucld-charged water, covering fifty
acres, nnd surrounded with blow-holes,
from which steam and sulphurous
fumes nro omitted with great force and
noln. With euro a boat can bo nuvl
gatcd on tho luko. Tho sulphur from
White Island is very pure, but little ef
fort has yet been mado to procure it
Vanity Is tho most tenacious of nil
X Tear Ago the Young Lady Slept for
Twenty-eight Hays and Store Itecenlly
for Fourtcon Patiently She Analts
the Coming of Death.
Tho medical profession not only ot
Montreal, but of tho whole province,
is deeply Interested In a caso which Is
bcllovcd to bo without a parallel In tho
annals of medical science. Tho central
figure Is known ns "Tho Little Sleep
er," and her case Is nn extraordinary
Miss Eva Roch Is the sufferer nround
whose sick bed so much lntor6st cen
ters. She Is 22 years of ago, nnd Is tho
daughter of Brian Roch, a foremen cm
ployed in tho city water department
of Montreal. Sho 13 dying; tho family
physician tins abandoned all hope, and
says that nt most It Is only n question
of a fow days beforo death will havo
claimed tho young lire, bo much ot
which has been spent lu Buffering.
When Evn was 5 yeurs of ago she bo
camo afflicted with a peculiar disease,
commonly called Bofteuliig ot tho
bones. Sho spoilt nine months In ono
of tho city hospitals, being treated for
this dlscaBo, and at the end of that
tlmo sho was not ono whit bettor In
health than sho had been on entering
tho Institution. Mrs. Roch, who, with
hor family, Is a Catholic, decided to
tako her llttlo girl to St. Anno do
Benupro, from which co many miracles
In tho wny of healing have been re
ported, Tho Journey wao a painful
ono, for every bono In tho llttlo suffer
er's hotly ached, and sho coifld not put
a foot to the ground. Tho Joumoy wns
apparently without result, but Mrs.
Koch's faith was great, and thrco times
tho ordeal was accomplished. Then
there enmo visible results, nnd save tor
n slight limp sho wns as healthy a girl
as could bo found In tho Dominion.
This continued only until Doc. 23, 18U8.
On the morning of that day sho foil
Into a strange, unnatural sleep. It
lasted all day and all night. Tho next
morning the usual expedients wero ro
sorted to In order, to awaken hor, but
without avail. Sho slept on. Tho days
lengthened Into weeks, and on tho
twenty-eighth day hIio awoko. But
what sad havoc her strange affliction
had caused In her constitution! She
was very weak and b)ic was blind.
Gradually tho sight of ono eyo was re
stored to her, but tho other has re
mained useless.
All sorts of physical troubles fol
lowed In quick succession until the an
niversary of tho day sho first fell nsloop
came nround. On Dec. 23, 1801), Miss
Roch ngnlti fell asleep. All the condi
tions ot tho first long slocp repented
themsolves, savo that tho sleeper was
much weaker than In tho former case.
Hor sleep on the last occasion was
only half as long as on tho first. She
awoko on tho fourteenth day. But,
though conscious, sho docs not speak.
Hor llttlo Iron bedstead, with a crucifix
at Its head, stands In tho parlor of tho
llttlo homo nnd on It lies tho patlont
sufferer In n seml-recllnlng position.
Nothing passes her lips save a very llt
tlo soup and a small quuntlty of wa
ter. Of hor recovery thoro seems ab
solutely no hope, and death Is dally
Fish With I.ungs.
Two species of fish hnvo been lately
discovered in Africa und Australia
which nro possessed of lungs. They
form tho connecting link In tho evolu
tion from flshos to tho next order at
creatures. Tho reason that theso fish
nro provided with lungs Is that thoy
are found In streams which dry up en
tirely In the hot summer senson, leav
ing the fish In tho empty beds of tho
streams. This period of droughts often
lnsts for six mouths of tho year, and
during all this period tho fish lie quies
cent in p, Ulud of sack formed 'out of
tho clay of tho rlvor bed. Tho fish aro
asleep In tholr queer earthon houses
all this time, but they breatho nnd aro
kopt allvo through tholr lungs. Chl
ingo Chronicle.
(Juenr Supnrstltlmi.
The Inhabitants of tho Andnman Is
lands, not far from India, havo somo
grange superstitions and traditions. It
Is tholr belief that the first human be
ing fell Into tho water and was drown
ed, being transmuted thereby Into u
whalo. Tho first man's wife and grand
children wont hunting for him In a
Bniall boat, but lo and behold, tho
whalo camo along and tipped tho boat
over. Tho wlfo was turnod Into a
crab, and tho llttlo ones became llz
irds. All Huh and many birds, thoy bo
llcvo to bo ancestors who havo boon
:hanged lu form. A species of fish
which has a poisonous prong In Its
body, thoy say, is tho form Into which
murdorcra nro transmuted,
Courage without conscience Is lltth
letter than cowardlco,
Keeper's Thrilling Uxperlcnces with II U
Chnrgos In Uronx Fork.
Queer and thrilling aro the methods
employed at tho reptile houso In Bronx
Zoological park In satisfying tho eccen
tric nppctltcs ot tho suakos, as recount
ed by Keeper Charles Snyder, who has
charge of tho north cases In tho reptllo
houso, says tho Now York Tlmos.
Theso cages contain most of tho big
snakes nnd the poisonous species. Sny
der has only been In tho zoological
pnrk slnco August, but ho has acquired
plenty of oxporlcnco. A fow days ago
ho emerged from tho cobra's cage,
whero ho had been nonchalantly soat
ed upon tho edge ot tho bathing tank
feeding tho formidable Inmates with
fishes, which ho presented to thorn up
on n pair ot forceps. He was askod
how ho felt during tho performance.
"Oh, those fellows nre oasy," ho re
plied. "Thoy wouldn't blto. It's tho
diamond rattlors and the cottonmouths
that keep n bead on you all tho time,
and wait for a chanco to do business.
When I go into tho cago with thoao
fellows to clean up, or to ropalr the
damage when n ten-pound snako hmi
tried to roost on ono of tho chlof for
ester's pot rubber plants, I covor tho
boasts ovor with soap boxes. We havo
Bomo pretty lively" times In tho cagos
onco In nwhllo. Day beforo yesterday
I had orders to go Into the boas' cagn
to rub some vnsollno on Tho Ghost's
noae. Tho Ghost Is our white boa
constrictor. Sho hnd boon trying to
boro her wny out of tho ventilator and
had skinned tho front of hor faco. X
throw a blanket over hor mnto and
caught hor by tho neck. Sho put up a
protty stiff fight, but I was gottlng
along all right when 1 felt something
on my ohouldor. I was kncollng down
nt tho tlmo, nnd whon I looked around
I saw that tho male, tho tan-colorod
boa, had lit out and was going to crawl
ovor me. Ho's n regular llond when
ho gots mad, and I didn't daro to movo.
I stuck to that position for about ton
mlnutos, holding Tho Ghost by tho
nock, whllo the big follow crnwlod over
my shouldor and over Into the ".ornor,
whero hn colled up. Ho stoppod a
couple of times, and It was hardly a
pleasant thing to think of what ho
might do. I was protty stiff whon I
got up, but that's tho ouly thing you
can do In such n caso. Wo'vo boon
having lots ot tun lately In foodlng our
yellow treo snako. Bho's nbout tho
most stubborn beast In tho collodion.
She enmo In last Octobor from Trlnl
dad and rofused to tako any food, so
wo stuffed her that Is, wo rorced somo
fish down her throat. Then wo tried
somo othor tactics. Sho Is an awful
bltor nnd sho has such long tooth that
when sho grabs hold ot anything sho
can't lot go for a mlnuto. A fow days
ngo wo stirred hor up a bit and then
lot her snnp at a fish on a stick. It
caught In her tcoth and sho hold on.
Then, finding all of a sudden that sho
had something to cat In her mouth, sho
swallowed It. Wo followod this with
about a dozon more. It 'Worked llko
a charm. All wo havo to do whon wo
want to feed her now Is to pinch hor
tntl and at tho samo tlmo poko a fish
ut hor. Tho fish go ovory tlmo whon
wo do this, but If alio Isn't In a tem
per sho won't even look dt tho fish."
Itruln's I.onoly Voyage at Sea. '
Tho Norwegian stenmor Coylon has
arrived In port, after a voyago of 2.1
days from Bllboa, Spain, with n cargo
ot Iron oro. Cnpt. Hanson told tho
pilots that ho had encountered numer
ous Icebergs. On ono occasion ho
altered his courso to avoid ono of tint
great mountains ot Ico. Soon nttor a
fog sottlod down, and whon It lifted tho
berg was so closo on tho bow that a
collision seemed lnovltablo. Squat
ting upon his haunches nt tho vory
point ot tho berg whero tho vossol
would havo struck, was a hugo polar
hoar. Tho man at tho whool by quick
work managed to turn tho stoamor In
tlmo to avoid a smash-up, and, as shn
glided by, tho bear on the berg gave a
howl of disappointment. Evidently ho
had boon Imprisoned as long as ho
wanted to bo, for when ho saw his last
chanco ot escapo slipping away from
him ho plungod Into tho wator and
swum toward ship. Ills logs woro no
match for stoam, howovor, and ho was
compelled to glvo up tho cliaso, Tho
last scon of him ho had cllmbod upon
tho borg again and was wultlng for
something to happen, Philadelphia
A Onto of ClnyKatlng.
Tho Scientific; American says that it
Is not ofton that spoclmons In muse
ums urn destroyed by bolng caton, but
It seems that In ono of tho southern
states, a negro clay-cater who waa
employed ns n scrub woman, dovourod
somo of tho (lnost spoclmons of kaolin
on oxhfhltlnn nt tho Stato Geological
Museum. Tho Stato Geologist found
that flvo blocks of clay which woro
vory highly valued on account of tholr
purity, wero missing, nnd upon exam
ining some of tho other spoclmons ho
found on them tho Impression of tooth.
Detectives woro sot to work on tho enso
and tho negrcss employed to scrub
tho marblo floors was accusod of tak
ing the specimens. The woman up
pears to havo au nppotlto for outing
clay, and sho had been Indulging hor
strnngo appetite for somo tlmo.
Antldnto for Knakn 111 tf.
An exceedingly iutorcstlr.f,' Investiga
tion Is at present bolng carried on
with u view to Bottling tho question
of Immunizing against snako blto by
tho ubo ot the hornot's sting. It has
boon found that tho blto of tho viper
loses much ot Its most dangerous qual
ities when counteracted by this othor
poison. To ascertain Just how and
why it acts Is tho object of tho pres
ent rosoirch.

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