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A Wily Doctor - A WILY DOCTOR. The Career of Charles L Blood,...
A WILY DOCTOR. The Career of Charles L Blood, Once of Boston, Unfortunate Death of Humphrey Cummings, Mis Partner .1 Scheme Which Brought Him Into the Hands of the State Police. 'Drw Cbarlos L. Blood, wiio was arrested In rblladcli - hia some davs ago, and turned over to imives ftoanand Innls of the AliAArhusGtU Stale force, on ft charge of defrauding by false pretence pretence in this State, toad himself brought up Friday Friday in Philadelphia, on a writ of habeas corpus, ami intends to resist belnp; returned upon the requisition issued from this Stat?. The "doctor" Piay be said lo have a national reputation. To be urc hi reputation is not always credited to the name of Wood, but is distributed among a variety of names and over a large share ol the prominent cities of the country. Blood is a finely appearing man, thick - set and rect In carriage, witn quick motions and small, spark llnjt black eyes, and has a plausible and attractive attractive maimer, calculated to establish confidence In those unaccustomed to read human nature. He is 45 or 47 years old, apparently. In Philadelphia, the other day, he stated to the officers that lie is the son of a Dr. Louis Blood, a nhvsictan of Aver. Mass. Those who knew him when he resided In Boston sny that Aver is in iculitvhis native place, and that his faniilv hold a reputable position in the community, but that Ins father is not a physician. A complete. Mocraphy of Blood would be extremely Interesting, Interesting, but the only jrcrson possessing the necessary information upon which, to write St is Blood himself, and he for obvious reasons would find the publication oi such, a wrk decidedly inexpedient, to say the least. It inav suffice lor the present to nive a aihttlc chanter from his eventful life, a chapter covering the time of his residence in Boston fifteen or eighteen years apo. He has honoied boston with ins rt - siUenee at various times and under a variety of mimes, but at this lime the story ol his rexhU'uce here as the inventor and proprietor of "owtrenized air" will alone be told. This history lias tor the most part never before been written. The "doctor"'' genius for IrnvcllinK renders it difficult to name the days of his uiiival and de - part tiro, but it is sate to way that in LSHo lie was jM're, iur n leiiTt'iiec 10 uir im'i ui inr ut - irui'v - ia oi tiial year will show that he was a liberal advertiser advertiser a.'a curcr of scrotuU, cat an h and consumption consumption by means of "oxygenized air,' and that lit Place of XMisineee was ia various parts of the city" at different times, lie came here, as he said, from riillade)phla,and be established himself In business in Chauncy street in the old Connrejiationa Library building. He advertised advertised very heavily, sometimes taking sin entire pajre ot a newspaper to intorin the stihuriusr of the uiuv means bv which they could surely regain thi'lr health, lie also Issued an advertising sheet oi his own, which he circulated broadcast through BiMon and the neighboring cities and towns. Ho claimed to be the inventor of his peculiar variety ol air. am! held the. secret ot its preparation iuvlo - late in ins own bosom. Nitrous oxide gas, uwnmonly called "laughing gas," which is now used extensively by dentists, was discovered a hundred years fijro, bid was first introduced as an anaesthetic by Dr. (Vitu of New York in ltH'2. Wood perliajis hati a toothache ami tried the new aiijestneiic when being relieved ot the oileudiug molar; at ail events he discovered in someway that the strange gas could be made to 5 lehi him a living without ids learning the dental art, and, learning the means ot its iii.ftm - larturc, he pretendett to be tha Inventor of oxygenized air," covering ids tracks by pretending that the process of his manufacture was a secret of his own. hut niitkiiiL' and usiuir all the white Bimple nitrous ox toe gas. it is known that ho visited a manufacturer of auparatus for generating generating nitrous oxide gas in this city in 1805, saying that he wished u purchase a gas machine, but us lie jwssessod no crtdit and advanced no money tlie apparatus was not delivered, lie obtained a jnacnineof the same manufacture elsewhere, however, however, and soon drove a thiiving busiuo&s at his Chauncy street laboratory. The business flourished so greatly that a removal removal to more showy and imposing quarters was oon in order, and broadside advertisements informed informed the public that the "doctor's" oiliee was at 11 Harrison avenue. Here a page answered the calls ol visitors at, the door and ushered them m state into elegantly furnished reception rooms to await the appearance of the doctor" from hU consultation room. He represented himself u bo doing an immense business, and uudouotedly it was not an altogether empty representation. "Doctor" Wood advertised not only to cure diseases diseases of the blood and of the lungs by personal application application of the health - giving "air," but also to sell the right to physicians to employ the remedy, or to agents to control its exclusive introduction in certain cities or other territories. In no case, however, would the inventor hazard his monopoly of the held by betraying The Secret of the Preparation of the "air," but sold one of the materials "by which it was generated in a disguised form and under a name of his own, at an exorbitant price, to all to whom he sold the privilege of employing the remedv. He drove, in fact, a very profitable business for a time, those who submitted themselves themselves to his treatment imagining themselves at once relieved owing to the stimulating audexhilei - ating effects of the ' - laughing gas." Blood employed a number of stool - pigeons as assistants, and often to act as confederates in confidence confidence schemes. One of these was another "doctor," "doctor," named Rogers, who hailed from Ashland. He was said to oe a sort of crank, and after the termination of his career as a dependent dependent of Blood's he turned his hand to spiritualism, and soon alter, it is said, his residence was finally transferred to the land of spirits. Kogers was the means by which Blood obtained a partner in his business in the person of Humphrey Cummings of Wellesiey, a man then about 50 years of. age. who was experienced in business, ft is said, and had been employed in business enterprises in this city. A single visit bv Cummings to the "doctor's" office in Harrison avenue, as the story goes, was enough to enlist bis energies and his capital in the work of healing the sick. The "doctor's" pleasing and insinuating manners, his "doctored" account books, showing immense profits on paper, the appearance ot great activity in the business an appearance produced, it is said, by numerous pulls upou the door - bell by the page in waiting during the capitalist's visit, in addition to the real business which was carried on ail these things Ikwittrvlit. Piitmiiimra r,Arlilv Iritv tit. ii'iftrto)uhin and with him $4000 of capital, nearly his entire .fortune. The dividends received by Cummings from the partnership earnings were unfortunately no more tangible or valuable than the atmospheric air upon which the volatile article of manufacture was supposed supposed to be an improvement, and after a short time he demanded the money w hich he had advanced, advanced, but never received any money or other satisfaction. About a year later Cummings died, "broken down by the loss of his little fortune. The success of Blood's scheme with nitrous oxide gas masquerading under the name of "oxygenized "oxygenized air" induced a inan named Jerome Harris to embark in a similar enterprise. He hired au office in 1806 at 12 Chauncy street, iu the same Congregational Library building "W here "Blood Had "Been, but Blood looked with no favor on his rival In the business. Harris, who was a regular physician, by an arrangement arrangement with a party who furnished nitrous oxide gas for dentists' use, advertised to treat all diseases, and to employ in cases of general debility debility and lung and blood troubles a remedy of his own which he called "superoxygenized air." This remedy was identical in it its properties with Blood's "oxygenized air," and both were identical with nitrous oxide gas. He carried on a general medical practice, giving tiie "super - oxygenized air" only m a certain class of cases or when specially desired. One day a man named Carvill, who hailed from Lewiston, Me., visited r. Harris, asking to be treated for a bronchial bronchial trouble. He explained that he visited this office in particular in order to get the benefit of treatment by the "superoxv - f;euizd air." The "air" was administered, but a a moment the patient pretended to fall to the floor iu a fit. He rolled about frothing at the mouth and writhing iu contortions as it iu the agony of uain, and tor au hour or two was appar ently in his last extremity, v nen ne seemed able to be moved, he was taken home by Dr. Harris in a carnage, and his own physician, who was none other than "Dr." C. L. Blood, was summoned to intend him. The next day all the newspapers contained vivid accounts of the "poisoning" of a man named Carvill by "superoxysenized air" at the office of Dr. Harris, and of his subsequent treatment oy "vr." cioou, wuo nau relieved ins tiaiu. it was said thai tne man was nut yet out ot danger, but that he wers continuing to receive the Bkiiiul ministrations of "Dr." Blood. Blood took care that the newspapers reported frequently the condition of the patient, all the while informing the public that ins "oxygenized air" was perfectly harmless and continued to be administered at 11a Harrison avenue. Alter he was sufficiently "recovered." Carvill. through his attorney, brought on an action for tla.Kia.L'HS jiL'jiiust Dr. Harris and the. ii;irtv who had furnished the "superoxvKeuized air."" and a keener was nut m ehartre of their oremises. all of whb'h was kept duly before the public in the interests interests of the other kind of medieiual "air." The defendants were advised by their counsel not to pay the demands of Carvill, on the ground of its being Blackmailing Scheme, although the latter repeatedly offered to settle The case finally fell through before coming into court, but not before Dr, Harris took fright and it the eitv. This was in the earlv winter of 1906 - 7. and at tine time the star of "Dr." Blood's fortune was at lis zenith. H i reputation continued untarnished several mouths iougoi, a fact that is illustrated by the following clipping from the news columns of the Post for February Id. 1Hh7i xvokwifro AtR. - Thecurstlve power of Osygn - I ted Alt it no lomjer it mare thry r an Bxperintnut, hvt a thoroughly demonstrated fuel. Pnr the pt two rears it bus effect d the most wonderful . a w.u as BvaUtvhur. rwiu'ts lu beating disease of a widely vailed nature, end apparently f the most hopeless character. As practiced hv the skillful and presever. ti, discoverer, Dr. CL Wood, IIP Harrison Avenue, U liai featured thn&nU to health who hrt been alven up a tneuraiile. It l rei - elvtim the apDruTal ot tlie fnultv. and phviotan ar Hltnoit dativ neourlnc the unvlb - tre. of extending Hi beneii. vent anvan'Rtf4. rrolmMy no svfle id tif rurios 1U - ease i sodirwt and effectual a thl. Kvory Sntplra - ti"B of the health - laden All rsndarsi the blond nmre pure, sdds vlKor and ciulokoes to the circulation atd animation and i - becnum to the aplrits. Anions; Its host of patron patients are many n the first cm - renn of our city and vleitiHv. It is Wi'll wormy an investigation, alike bv the slok and hf otiysh lans who desire to bring about the largest number ot cures. On the 2d of March. 1807, the same paper gives among its local news au item ot which the following following is an extract: AST KXTttAORDIWART RKWKPT. - Nothtng i tb MsttrT t" the healing art bas achieved so numerous and atonal triumphs as the famous Oxvgordsed Air, administered for several vears pnt at o, till Harrison Harrison avoniif;. The discoverer. lr C. I.. Blood. Is a Rv.st persMveritig and scientific man, and has made this svsietu of euro the leading study of hit lite. This chapter of "Dr." Blood's biography ' was brought to an end. it is said, by tlie ruthless hand of the United States authorities. The familiar charge in such cases of using the mails as a means to defraud, or else the appearance at the feast of some BaiKjuo"s ghost of a sin committed elsewhere elsewhere which had found him out, may have raised the hand of the United States government against him, but deiinite Information of the charge is not at this moment at hand. It is enough to sav that one of his last appearances in the streets of Boston was in the company and cutodv of two deputy I'nited states marshals. But Blood has a genius for meeting difficulties and taking them into camp, and iu the case in question he bv some means soon obtained his liberty and left for fresh fields to materialize a fortune out of 'oxygenized air." SHAY'S REBELLION. Extra ot from the Journal ot An Old Ottntt nenttl Soldier iBpringfleld Republlcan.1 The Journal kept by Salmon Shaw, who served the State during Shay's rebellion, now owned by Dr. Stowe of i'aimer, throws considerable light on that interesting period in tlie history of Massachusetts, Massachusetts, before the government of tlie Commonwealth Commonwealth became firmly established, Shaw was a native of Oration mid a revolutionary soldier, and the early entries in his Journal relate relate to his service in the Continental army. Through the kindness of Uev. P. W. Lyman of Belehertown, who is making Shay's relellion a matter of study and the theme of a lecture, we are favored with n copy of those parts pertaining to the Held operations of the government troops during during that brief "unpleasantness." The account Is of interest as a narrative of theaffaircontemporary with those alreadv published and as illustrating the imschohuly orthography which prevailed in those turn, even among persons so well informed as to bv chosen to keep the records of the various towns. The extracts read as follows: "In .Tune 1 70 a Rebellion Began in the County of Bristol and Commonwealth of Mass. By a Party of Insurgents liaising in arms and stopping the Courts from Netting. It then new into the County of Bark Slicir, then into the County of Hampshire, and in September into the County of Worcester, and all the Courts was stopped lor Court weeks. The insurgents would liaise in great Numbers and a Pear in arms at the Court house Dore to the amount of 7. 8, lo or 1 '2 hundred, they was commanded commanded bvone Daniel Shnvs and Adam Wheeler. Thus aflalrs Continued Gloomy till January 1787 When Government Raised as Body of Troop for 30 days and sent them out underlie Command of tlie honl Benjamin Lincoln to the amount of about 4000 men with six field Pieces and Light horsmen Which arrived at Worcester on tlie 22 of Inn. 1787, and on the ii5 marched on toward Springfield to Join tlenl Nhepurd who had command command of the Arseniialwitha Body of troops ltaised by Government. "The Insurgents strove hard for that Place and advancing to near Genl Shepnrd sent a. Flugg to forewarn them from Coming Huev further. Shays sent for Answer that he would sleep in them barracks barracks thiit night or lie would Sleep m hell. Shays Was Supposed to be about .'IOimj strong and Siiep - ai d atiout uou. tstiepartt men Jrw a jwne widen lie turbid them to Pass which they uid. he then Fiard one Field Piece to their wnght and ono to their Lett ami one over liieir heads, but they still Kept advancing when he gave them 6 guns loflded with Grape Shot, winch Killed 4 men and wounded a number, which Dispersed them and the Army was not heard of again for 24 hours jind then at Pellem about 30 miles of. Gen Lincoln Pushed for Uadiv to Prevent them from Crossing tlie Great JJiver to Git back into the County where tlie People was more Disaffected, where they Lay Still till Feb 3. (.Then follows the itineracy of the writer.) Jan "o marched to Worcester 8 miiesastnto Spencer 11 miles 2Uth t Palmer 10 miles HO to Springfield IS miles Feb 1st to South Hadley 14 miles Hd at half - past 9 o'clock at Night marched to Amhors 13 miles 4th to Petersham iif miles. 'Feb 3 Gen Lincoln marched from Old Hadley at ft o'eliiek P. M. sunt u rrived nt, I'cft'rahii.tn i;i,rlv ill the morning of tlie 4th of Feb. having marched 30 miics in the Nimht without halting and with his Cannon and Baggage. This was the march which the historian Mima characterizes as 'One of the Moat Indefatigable Marehe T'hut Wui Ever Performed Jn America.' The cold was intense, the wind rose to a gale and it was snowing. No sluelter and no halting was possible. "When Shavs was told that Gen Lincoln's Armv was Advancing into town he Sayd it was impossible impossible for lie knew that they was at hadley Last Night at Seven o'clock and that the Snow was Nearlv 3 feet Deep and No Paths, that it. Could Not be and that he Would Kat his Breakfast Before Before he went to Look. Another Messenger Came and told him that Lincoln was in town. Then he flew to ids horse, Leaving Breakfast on tlie label and rode on to Canuaday with all bpead. Lincoln's Lincoln's army found the Insurgents Quartered out In houses ana by his jfappeu march threw tne Frunt of the Army in Among them Before they Knew of his Coniinsr. He tuck about ICO Prison ers. Disarmed them and they tuck the oath of Allcgance and went home, ihe JKeiualnder tied. Gen. Lincoln then Divided his Army into Several Divisions and went to Scouring the County, and when lie had taken them he disarmed tiieiu and Gave, them the Oath and Let them go Excepting such as had acted as onicers. inein was sent to Prison. "Feb l Marched to Berra (Barrel 7 miles. (Jtn to Oakham 7 and Returned tlie same day to Berra 34th at 9o clock P. ftp. marched m a hard storm of Bain to Hardwick 10 miles. The 16th to Oakham Oakham 10 miles. 17th Tuck John Boyd, a Keliel Lieutenant Lieutenant Prisoner and Proceeded to Worcester with him. IS to Oakham 10 miles, '20 to Worcester. 16 miles. 21 To Grafton 8 miles. Government then raised a body of troops ot 4000 men who put an end to the Rebellion." TEACHER AMD TAUGHT. Wbat It Coats to go Through College at Tal or Any Iarge Vnlverslty. Mason Young, "one of the fellows of Yale," con tradicts Howard Crosby's statement that "it costs a student at Yale or Harvard $1200 to $2000 a year, if he is going to be in full rapport with his class," and says, "From my knowledge of the matter, which is both general and special, 1 have no hesitation in Baying that, leaving out of view cases of excep. tional poverty and .of excessive wealth, the annual expenses of a college student at Yale range between 600 and SHOO, the average being, prob - ablv, not far from 850. Doubtless this is considerably considerably more than any student at New Haven spent, say fifty years ago, but a sufficient explanation explanation of the advance is found in two causes, of which the existence and force will be recognized by any person of ordinary information so soon as tfiev are named, and for neither of which either the corporation, the faculty or the students can be held responsible. First, the great diminution in the purchasing power of money ; and second, the change in the standard of living among all classes from which tlie students are drawn. The gradual increase in cost can readily be traced by any one who cares to investigate investigate the subject through the very trustworthy estimates of "necessary expenses" of a student in the college or academical department, given in the annual catalogues. A comparison of the estimates estimates far 1&32 - 3 with that lor the current year will show will show well the extent of the change. The expenses in 1832 - 3 are estimated at from $140 to $190; in 1862 - 3 at from $300 to $600. Air. Young gives this table: 1832 - 3 Treasurer's bill. Including room rent. ... 855 Siwi Fuel, light and wasblng 25 45 Use of book and furniture 20 45 Board 66 165 Total 165 S476 Few men who have gone through college, how - ever, will be inclined to accept as in tlie least "trustworthy" catalogue estimates. Does any one irnacine that washing, coal and oil are at any such price as enables a man to keep his expenditure uown to $1 per ween y Molasses as a Means of Robbery. Portland Press. 1 A Frenchman named Willed of Biddeford last Saturday night received pay from the employes of the mills, who were his debtors. After closing the store he left for home w ith about s00 in his possession, possession, lie asserts that on the way home he was assaulted bv two men. who had smeared a paper with molasses and plastered it on his face so his cries could not be health They then took his money and cleared out. Mr. Willed was owing several people, including Williams & Pulsifer of this eitv &400. so that the loss oi this money, with which he intended paying bills, was a serious matter to nun. DR. R. V. PiEttCK. Buffalo, N. Y.: Dear Sir I have advised manv ladies to try vour "Favorite Prescription," and never see it fail to do more than you advertise. xours truiy, Mks. A. Si. RANKIN", 141 Bates street, ludiunapoiis InL

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  1. The Boston Weekly Globe,
  2. 30 Jan 1883, Tue,
  3. Page 8

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