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Very Ghastly Tale

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Parent Issue
Day
25
Month
November
Year
1898
Copyright
Public Domain
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Almost every persou, who is old enough to vote and has lived in this city from his infancy, can remember ïow the medical stndents startled the nhabitants wifch their grave robberies n the old days before the state fumished subjects for dissection. This narration does not exactly treat of robbing a grave, but of a stolen body from the basement of the medical building. This cadáver had just been sent from some state institution and was still in the rongh-box before Doe. Nagle had time o pickle it. There were three medies who were really stndents, and they took every risk, if necessary, to improve their mowledge of anatomy, henee they stole :he body. To assist them in their study hey asked the assistaiice of a young )hysician in the city, a very amiable and good natured man, whom everyone mows, and he graciously consented to help in the dissection. There were only certain things, of course, which ;hey wished to more f ully understand. and when they got through, an arm ind a foot were ampntated and, more particularly, did they experiment on irephining the sknll. The doctor advised them to take the cadáver to some out-of-town place and bury it in order not to be caoght, which they did. And here comes the story. The three embryo surgeons took the )ody and buried it near what is now ;he terminus of the boulevard on Broadway. In the night a day or two later ;here was a heavy rain. It poured so ïard that it washed the dirt down from where the grave was so that an arm )rotruded, and in the morning it was discovered by a Fifth warder going to vork. He immediately ruported the nurderous crime whieh, from all iadications, had been perpetrated. The coroner had the body removed, and here occurred a peculiar coincidence. The same doctror, who helped the boys in heir amputations, was summoned on his most mvsterious case. Now, Dr. did not know where he body had been buried and imagine lis surprise when he viewed the retnains. To laugh would have been sacrilegious ; to teil the truth would ïave been telling tales out of school, but how could he keep that protrubermt front from shaking with laughter. He called the coroner to one side and advised him that it was not foul play as there were no indications of it and, whispering into his ear, intimated that it was a dissecting table's subject. Well, a coroner makes his money by holding inquests over dead bodies and he pointed out to the good doctor that the skull had a hole in it, wihch was tindoubtedly made by a hatchet or something. If the coroner says a mystery surrounds it, there must be an inquest, and a jury was impaneled. The inquest was held in a place near the Fifth ward ptimp aud the only two , witnesses were the man who ■ ed the corpse and the doctor. These were trying times for the latter. Testimony of a professional uature he must give, yet he dare not teil all he knew it would have created too much scandal. Nevertheless, in this particular art the craft never fails, and he gave good and sufficient reasons that the body had been for.some time dead ; that the hole in the skull was due to an operation and that the arm and foot were severed some time before death. To discover the real cause of death an autopsy must be made and this the coroner thought the county could not stand or, anyway, he did not order it. With this the jury brought in a verdict, "That the man had come to his death f rom soine unknown cause and that his identity could not be learned. " What makes the doctor laugh mostly is the money he got out of it. From the students he received $30 for his services. During the dissection one of the medies was blood poisoned and he received $20 more for attending him, and from the county he received $25 for his services at the inquest, making a total of $75 he made on a dead man. Usually a doctor makes his money on a live person. The coroner received his fees, amounting to $12, the jury 50 cents each, rent of store for inqnest $3, and the undertaker charged $15 more. All this, because the students were nol cautious enough to bury their subject deeper, and it cost the county just $58. Lieutenant W. B. Rinehart, of Seattle, Wash. , and wife, nee Miss Mattie Walz, are in the city. Lieut. Rinehart bas been in the volnnteer service and was accompanied to Honolulú by his wife. It was on account of her poor health that he was compelled to return.