Jan 11, 1925 truth about vampires
APTEIt centuries of superstition About vampires, current in every country of the worW, science has finally ascertained the precise fact, ' As is frequently the case, the facts prove that many of these supposed superstitions superstitions are actually true. There are real vampire bats and real human vampire A vampire is a bat or human being that derives its nourishment from sucking the blood of another living creature. Dr. August Kronheit, of the German Academy of Science and member of a number of leading American scientific societies, has Just returned from South America where he made an extended study of the nature and habits of vampire bats. He discovered that the true vampire is a monstrous blackish - brown bat, with a wingspread of about two feet, with razor - sharp teeth and a hideous snout like a pig. It flies chiefly at night, attacking sleeping horses, other animals and human beings, living almost entirely by sucking blood. He cites the specific instance of a young girl in Bolivia, who was sleeping during the Summer on the unscreened porch of her father's house. By the merest accident, the father, who was planning a hunting trip next day, went out on the porch just as dawn was lighting the sky, to look at the weather. He saw the huge bat, crouching against his sleeping daughter's shoulder, and knew it for what it was. He seized it and crushed it to death, with his hands, and it was discovered that it had sucked almost a pint of blood from the girl, who had remained 'asleep while the bat had beet ' engaged in its horrid task. Another scientist, vr. IWaterton, tells of a bat which fastened itself to the toe of one of his servants, who was asleep in a hammock, hammock, and sucked twelve ounces of his blood before he awske.