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Clippings: burning organs of lost loved ones to prevent disease; a sea serpent; a determined suicide

From the Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) Telegraph
Published Friday, January 18, 1867

This article recounts a superstition carried out by family members afflicted by repeated deaths from disease. The bodies of the lost loved ones are exhumed and, if their internal organs were sufficiently preserved, the deceased’s heart and lungs are cut out, burned, and the ashes are reburied with the rest of the body.

A “sea serpent” is discovered.

A man intent on suicide cuts his throat with a knife. When this fails, he throws himself into the icy waters of a shipyard. His body was discovered shortly after as his neck was still bleeding, but the man was beyond hope of recovery.

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