The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California on March 7, 1908 · 31
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The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California · 31

San Francisco, California
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Saturday, March 7, 1908
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1 ' i rm ""if- 0 p Z'. "If," U aaaaina. ,u,.i. .ia,.niai.n i. ...ii.. iim., .,,,., i. . .. ... .., , "" 1 -v. ,! 15 ra . - j ; . ijw&s " " premature burial," .T f " "Hi (,'r .cT- - - , t fSJs" ' . V I si I K ' i Vi I v ' ' v - (;.:.v , :V;::( ' - ' . . ir- M iiiimmm-m " ir I mni " - . t . . . A - . f . ii JL . .-r-" v--.- FROM THE FAMOUS PAINTING BY WIERTZ IN THE BRUSSELS GALLERY. Crarirmy mt The Bookinu. How It Feels to Wake In the Grave: Cried Out On the Dissecting Table. O1 Hi- Ilrlllnb v,.ot for I'rrtrnllon fff lliirlal KJvf tiiich.-a inr the iftl- n lim n mi l i 1 1 of (h piiiitm uf ii litfiiv mi;l riiiiMi'louM mini in 111 l.i&mj i.f ail iiiHlrmiUcr, in lire i;i-iik nml IMrr In lhr liifcnrrliuK rmuu of u iiirilii-ui krbuul. ,WIXO lo Ion? r-on till ucj phvsiral ripomim I whs ials"o with Iyilioid -fi-vur, wliVli baito.l (lis risr of my utrength. .Smuice lo s.'.V. it s.-rni". lo i:ic as if my life, in crjxliiully Ii'avin? my limlj, ! rrliri'.i wiiliin n.y nicti'n! fiicull ii s. Arrivpil at the Fitrcme point of pliysit-J). v pulitirt-n, I fi)t inysi'lf montaMy ftrunjjer than ever before. Tup rnoirii-nt of dwvase arrived; I foinul Tmysi-lf rarrii;d iip in a vortn of lisV.t, in the ndiNt of wbiih tlicrp were many fantastical fotui.-i. With all luy pot r I vung to tlie life that vas uoout to depart, and aiun I lost a'i of.tein?. I do not know how lo;ig J. romaiued in that Btiitc, when 1 auddiTily nwoUe to n condition of a'most ecstatic traniituilitv. At this niome heard the phynkiau who was approachin. nay : "All is overT II tben covered my fare with a cloth, and I In thf amphitheatre of dlaseetiDj room- la the Ha function wtiirii would noan b whown by dt- . a jBf s&JL y& liuuM. ui n nieui. uouy ui bi.iio.jii. iuuuuii uirju vnLioiu j upj nen luuia w ni mm luw uiq ui, icf.friii-ei-I twi a ttiv rorimule in lirhnnl Tf mnm mMinlvinl finit in ff;ilvnniy.p me. 'Hiev nn- when my was intcrrnpted by a faint H. rap- Of all my HKonies it uppined to me Umt tliia wtl pared' the apparatus, and at tlie first dwehnrfa at ins somid which came nearer. I knew that iny the worst. There 1 lay before a larpe audience of electricity It was aa if a thousand sparks wera coffin w;iti being exhumed aud-tahvu up ; I felt Teoiile, two at leant of whom 1 had known, and tbey dancing before my eyes, and my whole nynlem wna that they opened it, and experienced Uio sensation looked upon ma as a lump of clay, aometUing to ta shaken. At the second discharge every one of my . , . . , , , . . ... , nerves trembled like the Btrinpi of a harp, and my of iioiietraunif coldness, 'i hey carried my body cut tip and rxauimed like a tree or Ruinea pi. bod, r0H. to a ,ittin. posture, with stiff munch-... for n TTniR ilistam and finally dropped nie upon an First came a lecture to the students as to tba open snd staring eyen. 'J'hey extended me again; ice-cold slah. effect of electricity on the human system, and how thri profeior approached and made a lijht rut Soon after I heard the .od of tnany voice; a dead body could be made to twitch and junjjr, JoZt toi pW 4 who!.' hands (.ui. le d me; and us it happened that Home if alive, upon the application of the current, inert j,8dTi j succeeded in crying out, the bonds of oi.e i.i.sid the lid of one of luy eyes 1 saw njyaeli followed further remarks resuxdiuff my heart and death were separated, anil J. returned to lite. "Taken from the Grave to See What Killed Me." The following narrative, siren In own noriln, of the hnrial nllve of Wtrjj llavwnrd, toirellier with hla rMnnkfilnc oa the illwiectlni; tahle, I tJiken from 'M'refoatiire JlarluJ,'1 by Krau llaimuuii, .VI. ll. lotnent I "TT I' was in Marshville, (Jlonceslershire., ; my bed -jj when. I was buried alive. My fatti '1 lni?e family of boys. I waa broug acriculturaJ pursuits. After reaching know. The first sense of returning life came over ed to trephine my skull where the fork had gtmek, me when 1 heard the scraping of a spade on my believing that a clot would be found upon my brain, coflin lid. I felt myself raised and borne away. I while the other physician wnhed to open my cht was taken out of my coffin, not to my home, but to in search of signs of pleurisy which ha believed a diNerliug room. I beheld the doctors who bad had canned my death. 'T was in Marshville, (Jloncesiershire, England, waited on me at my home, dressed n long white At Inst it was decided that they would Dejfa op. ther Lad a aprons. In their hands they had kmv . IhrOTgh era nous on. my breast and later attend to the light up to my haLf-closed eyes I saw them engaged in ad is- sknll. iioth approached the table and one lit a cig- agricu.'turaJ pursuits. After reaching the held pule, lliey were trying to ueciuu raw u cui mo axeii anu roneu up ss sieevea. une ne uiing i one fine morning the pitching of straw com- up. One argued one way, while the other doctor took beard was: heard only the uohs of my family. 1 attempted merjeed- J he men used bop picks, which are fash-another view or tlie matter. All tins 1 witnewiea loo out, yon fool, n is alive I to Bpeak, but found my tongue c!in:;ing immovably ionwl somewliat after a heavy pitchfork. While through my half-opened eye. My sense of hearing "lie is dead," rejoined the other doctor. to my palate, and my limhs were as if bound by aniin? near one of the hands, by accident I was was remarkably acute. "See, he opens his eyes," continued the first dsrv invisihle chains, sso that I could not make the lea-st "track on tlie hejid with one of the picks. It pene- My mind was perfectly clear and I anxiomtly lis- tor. The other physician let his knife drop, and a movement or sizn. t rated my skull and at the time made me f.-ej faint tened to the learned dispute and beard my different "r. ttm J"8'1 mm-nei-,i lo f wr i in j -nA Aim. rapidly. Instead of cuPtmg me nn they took me On the next day they dressed me for the funeral, and dizzy. My injury was not considered serious. symptoms duruig my illness described and dis- hom There wu rnwt rPjoi(.in(? anj,,,,, my j,- nd or three days I was exposed upon a bier, Aflt-r returning to the house I was sent into the cussed, and thea came the arguinent as to where tivest I owed my life to the doctors' dispute a m while the friends of my family came and offered cellar, and much to my surprise, I could see in the they should bejin to dissect me. One doctor want- what ailed me during my illneus. them their sympathy. I heard and understood dark us well as in the light After coming from the 1 everything that was said, and knew what wa3cf""a1' my strength failed me and I was soon bed- j . J- T T w J 77 Jll taking place, and from minute to ruinate I hoped fast. Two doctors were called. One of them in- JjT() Tt7 Pft $TIQ ISUiIECI ISUL ajZ that this unfortunate state which weighed me down listed that my condition was due to the blow on ' A.m " r v" would end. ' . head, the ouier that I bad pleurmy. At any On the morning of the fourth dny they turned rate, two weeks elapsed and my eyes closed in sup-me over to the undertakers, who treated me with posed death, revolting brutality, and as one of them applied his It was death, as far aa my relatives were cos-knees to my breast for the purpose of forcing lue cerned. let I was painfully conscious of every into the coffin that was somewhat too narrow I movement coing on around me. My eyes were half experienced such a cruel torture that for a moment closed, and as I was laid out, I heard my older J hoped that the pain would give me the strength brother, John, walk into the hou.-je. I saw him lo express it- approach the cot, with tears in his eyes, and sympa- Ilowever, rhey closed the coffin, snd soon I thiiing friends coasoled tlra by asking him to dry beard the crashing of wood aa they drove in the his tears. "Ha is gone," they said, and other ... . . ... . . nails in fastening tne lid. It is impossible lor me similar expressions were nsea arouna me mer. nra- Mlaa Rlale Von Tfopnanrten'a tm atory of bow she 1 9.T for four hnnrl at tlie nottmn of tlie river l-'.lbe., until her body waa reacned, takra ta tne land, lini-letl ud doc nn a-ala, and liow ahe waa eonaelona fbroush It all, la tnhnalated from her letter In the poaNcanion of the tieruinn &orttf lor l'rrvrii lion of Jlavrlai Alive. to the regrets ami kmd words of my gr4evin friends. Then cams the church service and removal of my body hi the coffin to the graw. Tha enrth waa hurled upon me with a deafening noma and then came the proverbial sHUn-fis of the trrava for twenty-four hours. All this time I wns rn-tirelr conscious, but fully believed I wns dead. AST Winter I waa carried to the bottom of Ull mj anxiety w-ru, as to how long th a Uie liiver ijoe tn xm wreca of a little steam- tedious, gloomy state would taut. I waa at ruid I boat and lay there nearly four boon, coo- would be sensible, and tinabia to leava the bo'ly sciona all the time before divers cum to my for an indefinite time. rescue and brought me to the surface, to ail As the hours went m in absolute silence, d SEMAPHfiRF. vvmrw wtt.t. pttt ip tut nnnY stir to rind words suitable to describe my honor and known faces would peer down at me as I lay witJi appearances Wd. The boat waa sunk by a coll Is) cm tarbed only by the faint rustle of the earth as it despair. Kaeh' stroke of the hammer made my my eyes half closed. Tears rained on my face aa so suddenly that I had no time to escape. The settled here and there about the coffm I was b',;H whole frame tremble. the burial shroud waa wrapped around my body. As prmsura of the water on the hatch resisted my with a growing Impatience and indignation tht Oh, if I could only have cried out, or even given soon aa the undertaker arrived I knew that I was efforts to open it and X stood lo the cabin with the my spirit was not aummoned somewhere. la t sigh! to be buried alive. Try as I would, nothing could water rapidly rising abont ma, I felt the boat the rarious theological th-oriea which I had heard. But no! While my breast and shoulders were break the spell which bound tm. Every action and plunging through the water and realized with ' a nobody had said that there waa any tmch wretch' 1 crammed into that narrow box, ind while I ex- every word spoken are aa distinct to my mind now shock that it had struck the bottom and waa rest- delay as this, and the horrible thonrht occurred t perienced a sensation as if my head and limbs as then. ins there. me that perhaps the spirit remains in. tlie were being torn asunder, I had to remain motion- Well, the time for the funeral arrived, and the The water reached my shoulders just as we until the flesh Is entirely crumbled a'va.v, and I less and mute. I would never have believed that service was preached over my living buC rigid hotly, stopped sinking and it seemed that the terror of it wondered if the grave yard about waa uiled wild a heart could suffer so much without breaking. The undertaker approached and the lid of my little paralyzed me, for I fell over in the warer and conscious helpless beinKs like myself. Soon the coffin was taken up and put upon a prison house was fastened down. Life seemed all floated about in the cabin motionl ews and still Then came a faint, indistinct ra p ii; so jrd hearse, and we arrived at the graveyard. but gone when this took place, but, as I stated, no conscious. My eyes were open, bnt it was dark which grew mora distinct and lotid- r, ami ' In t At this moment I made one last effort to cry effort of mine could break the spell. The coffin except for a little pale blue light which entered the I knew that someone was diggm; th. crT'it a -v.-y oot, bat in vain. I felt the knocks of the coffin was shoved into the wagon, and the trundling of cabin through a port hole and where part of the over my coffin, and at lat,t the ct-a'a its -It w u striking against the walla of the grave aa they the vehicle sounded in my ears. I was painfully cabin had been broken. lifted out of the grave. were letting it down. conscious of the fact that I was soon to be lowered The last bit of air bubbled oof of the boat and . Fortunately for me my b.irial hnd not I" n rtnmi The well-known voice of a friend addressed to into my grave. Strange as it may seem, at times I my body completely immersed in water drifted slow- according to the intricate reinr- rm uis of (;. e some words of endearment and praise, and I did not feel fear at my impending fate. The coffin ly around the top of the cabin. One or two wooden law, and therefore, I had to he exhumed. Tit- !;. understood every word he said; ail of which only was taken out of the wagon and lowered into the objects ware floating also, and from time to time on which I was dug up hiippcucj to be quite wausi, caused my despair to increase in this hopeless grave. In those days boxes were not usd aa a collided with me, and my skirts being heavy kept and as the rvarnith permeated my i;::ils, J feu tf situation. receptacle for the coffin. me in an upright position. denire to move, and sat up ia the death house, u After the sermon a thousand thunders crashed The clods of eariS fell heavy on fbe lid of tte All this time I was perfectly conscious and the consternation of the e'liployees. I"! around me; it waa the earth and stones thrown casket. Xhere I was, being entombed alive, nnaole rnmoned that I waa in reality dead and wondered brought me ana I went home in a carrn.' down upon my coffin; and as the grave waa being to speak or stay the hands of my friends. My effort if the state of consciousness would be permanent hours later I was mse;f ncain and I infilled I thought myself shut out forever from the to move proved futile, and the close air of the coffin and if later I would be able to escape- from the believe the shock was not as severe to tne world of the living. I was buried alive. seemed stifling me. Suddenly the shoveling ceased body. The sensation of coldness was most intense, family when they riw me slep oi:t of the My hope now was that I should not have to and the silence of the tomb was complete, I did and I remember worrjiS because a small fish nosed Af.vr the first horror of k:io-n; ti. it i'. suffer long, snd that suffocation would soon put an not seem to have the fear thrn that a person would about my face, and I feared that it might bite my was sinking, ray sensations w- r- i.ot m i end to my horrible situation. I was again disap-naturally expect under such circumstances. half-open eyes, which I was powerless to close. Kven when my body was l ii l out inkcl Tainted My lunrs were paralysed and used no All I remember is that the grave is a lonely place. At last taint gounda seemed to come from the death house and roughly handled l ur io : air; my heart did not beat; my breast was not and the silence of the tomb waa horribly oppres- surface, ami I was aware that rescuers were search- felt oniy a sort of inqw-rsoiial sens. it' stirred by any breath ; I could not move a finger, give. A dreimy sensation came over me, and a mg for my body. A diver forced open the hatch if it were the body of a dear friend, and, nevertheless, I lived, for I suffered; my r-.-ason sense of suffocation became apparent. My whole and groping about discovered my body and drew it Had I suspected that it w us the , ,.;,-i,,o-n- -snd memory were intact, had lost nothing of their system was paralyzed; were it otherwise my atrug. to the fc-irfane. As I had been under water several susjie&ded animation of the : as I energy. ties would bare been desperate. hours, no pttempt was made at rwuacitarioo.' posed. I think the hurrvr ii ttv' j.J k;: fe'or many hours I must have been ia tiUa state, IIow lorg I remained in ISiis condition I do not For thrao dajs I wan in the coffin and listened ma, I -' I. -it r.i.-.i. I ij-, -a

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