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 - Deatb of tbe Bleeplnx Ueaaty. National Union...
Deatb of tbe Bleeplnx Ueaaty. National Union and American, , Nov. 4. We learn from the Hickman Courier that Aliss Susan Caroline Godsey known as the. Sleeping Beauty died at the residence of her. mother, in Obion county, Tennessee, on the 27th tilt. She had attained the age of thirty-one years, and had been in her sleeping condition about twenty-four years. . . t v -It will be remembered that her case has excited great interest, and gave rise to much investigation and discussion among scientific menU AThe true nature of her, affliction, however, was never understood, and will doubtless always remain a mystery. "' " She' was brought to Nashville in the fall of 1867, for the ostensible purpose of procuring medical aid, but was really in charge of an -agent who contemplated making an exhibitiohvof her. She was accompanied "by a brother and other relations who were very much attached to her7 VV hile they were in Nashville' they! boarded at the house of Maj. Droce, , on Mar ket street, and the sleeper was constantly watched, by Mrs. Bruce, who took great interest in her. She remained under Mrs. Bruce's care eleven days. While there she was r visited by a great many persons, and Bad with her one or more physicians all the time. She awakened every hour, night and day, at almost the same second . each time, .and - remained awake from seven to ten minutes. Just after going to sleep each time she had convulsions that; shook the room, and at snch times she appeared to be suffering srreat pain: .i When asleep she was dead, to everything; but whenawake talked pleasantly and intelligently, sometimes complaining of pain, and exclaiming, "Oh, my. head!" arid when she awakened she invariably asked for water, but ate very little. She said she had no consciousness ever having dreamed, and that it was no pleasure- for her to live afflicted as she wasr She was! very sensitive and-: ap-appearjed mortified to thint that she was being exhibited. Her affliction was inaugurated by a spell oP chills. Some medical men have attributed it to the medicine she then took; others that the chills are precursory tocher long sleeping . state. 'jZ - Upon leaving Nashville she-went to St. Louis and remained there a short time. It is said that thft4)hysi-cians there unanimously agreed that she was an imposition She sooa returned to the home of her mother, and has remained there ever since." The Sleeping Beauty is said Jo have been a truly beautiful woman not so emaciated as one would, think arid b shapely form. ' r r a

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  1. The Wilmington Morning Star,
  2. 09 Nov 1873, Sun,
  3. Page 3

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