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moral reflections, as naturally arose plexion, and ever complaining of from her story ; those present did cold in her extremities, of a ti. every thing to affure her she would morous though fretful dispofition, gain her cause; the was asked after some grief she took in March, whether the had any notion of was seized with a cataleptic fit; what happened unto her: The said whatever attitude she was in at she had been nothing, but could the time of seizure, the retained it diftinguish the voice of some about till the fit was over. These fits her; yet she never felt the chafing- increafing, obliged her to be cardifh of coals under her feet, nor ried into the hospital, where the the bleeding in the foot; though was attended by Messrs. Sauvage she had been tormented all manner and Lazerme: thefe fits were va. of ways, yet the never complained rious as to their duration, being of any pain or lafficude; while from half a quarter to three quara The thus entertained the company, ters of an hour; in the months of The was observed to interrupt her April and May, 1757, this ca. discourse, to draw a deep figh, and talepsy was accompanied with very then her eyes became fixed; extraordinary appearances, diftinevery thing was done to prevent guishable into three visible pethofe little fits by reminding her riods, the beginning and ending where the left off; but she could cataleptic, and middle, lafted a never recover the thread of her whole day, or from morning till discourse, but would begin some night, when her cataleptic fit, other ftory; in about an hour after which often used to hold her five she fell into another cataleptic fit, or fix minutes, was over, as was which was as strong as the firft: always known by her beggining after it was over, ihe, fitting in to yawn, she then sat up in, her her chair, talked of her affairs as bed, began to talk very taft, and before, for an hour and a half more fenfibly than she was known good, and after this, she began to to do in her full health; le Ipeak wildly, she likewise scream. would now often change her dised frightfully, and was soon after course, and that pertinently e. seized with a violent fever. She nough, and appear as if the di. was treated by the above physici- rected her discousse to some friends ans for three or four days: The still present; this was always observed remaining at Bensançon, but withto have some connexion with that out any visible relief; whereupon she held in a fit the day before, they advised to have her carried or it turned on some moral refleca back to Vesoul, her native place, tion, which she shrewdly would where, to the surprise of every apply to some of the attendants of body, The perfectly recovered, and the hospital. All this time her is still living.
eyes were fully open, and yet she
was in a most profound leep, A fimilar cafe, fill more extraordic without either motion or feeling, nary, 1762.
as M. Sauvage confirmed by many
experiments he made. ift, By A fervant maid at Montpelier, approaching the flame of a bougie, about twenty, of a pale com. fo near her eye as to burn her eyebrows ; she however did not even machic electuary made of the bark, wink at this. 2dly, He got one cinnabar, pulvis ad guttetam, and, to bawl loud into her ear, thump when the weather was mild, the hard at the head of the bed, which was bathed twenty times in a bath at any other time would terrify her rather cold than warm; she had greatly; be besides had some bran- after some preparations of Mars dy and even spirit of sal ammoniac ordered for her, was seemingly reput into her eyes ; he also thrust stored to her health, but she was his finger into them, had Havanna far from being so, having returns fnuff blown into her nose, pins of her disorder every winter, to thruit into her flesh, and her fin. 1759, with this difference, that it gers twisted, yet all to no purpose, was not now preceded by a cata. he never gave the least" sign of leptic fit, nor was her want of feel. feeling.
ing so great. She was one day While these experiments were seized with a fit on the bridge, making, her discourse (for the all where she was observed to speak the time continued talking) all of as to her own shadow or image the a sudden became more lively; this saw in the water. At a fit she had was a prelude to a new scene; the last Christmas holy-days, she had now began to sing and jump, and fome notion of those about her. burft out after into a fit of laugh- This young woman is now so ter, endeavouring at the same time accustomed to her disorder, that to get out of bed, which she at last all the concern it gives her is some effected with seemingly great joy; little confufion; however, the is the now ranged the whole ward, not of fo pale a complexion; but carefully avoiding the beds, chairs, she ftill feels the same heat and & .ad returned without any dif- weight on her head, and on the ficulty to her own bed, lay down decline of the fit complains of a after, and covered herself, where cardialgia, which awakes her. in a short time she was seized with a cataleptic fir, which in less than one quarter of an hour left her; On a fish of the river of Surinam, The then awoke as out of a pro- which produces very singular offound sleep; upon seeing so many feels. From the fame. about her,
E daily day, though she had no know. ledge of what she did in her fact we are going to give an acfit.
count of, after M. Muschenbroek, About the end of May all the is exactly such as it is related, it is foregoing fymptoms lett her, tho' one of the most extraordinary it could not be attributed to any that occurs in the historý of anieffect from medicines. She was mals. blooded once in the arm, often in This able naturalist says, in a the foot, and seven times in the letter to the Abbé Noller, that a jugulars; she was purged five or fish or kind of eel is found in a Dx times after some aperitive apo- river of Surinam, which has the zems she took ; the took a llo. fingular property of Atriking you,
' for the remainder of the Weders in nature ; and, if the
as the shock or commotion of Ley. but it appears incompatible with den, when you put your hands in the facts we knew of. It is in. to the water near the place where deed well known that every real it is. If, for instance, fishermen electrical body, being made wet,
eamen come near in a boat, transmits electricity as metals and within the distance of eight or ten other non-electrical substances. feet, and dip their hands in the Thus the stick of sealing-wax water, they immediately feel them. wetted ought to produce the same felves ftruck, says M. Muschen. effect as the iron bar, &c. unless broek, as in my experiment (it is it be supposed that the small part the same as the commotion of Leg- of this stick out of the water is den) by the electricity of the fish; enough to prevent it, which is if they push it with a stick, they not very probable. . Besides, a feel a smarter stroke ; and if with fick of wood, or iron rod, might an iron rod, they are ftruck, as transmit certain concussions, or with a mighty force ; in short, no certain motions, communicated one dares to lay hold of it with by the fish to the parts of the the hand; and with an electrical water, which the fealing-wax might fhock it kills the fishes that in not. Many things may be till swimming pass near it; yet, the said to thew that electricity has most remarkable thing is, that if no share in the singular effects at. the seamen, instead of an iron rod, tributed to this fish, and perhaps dip down by the side of the fish a none of the facts do really exiit. fick of sealing-wax, or even touch Let us not forget all the wonders it with that stick, they feel no that have been related of the tor. stroke ; whence M. Muschenbroek pedo. Though this filh is an inconcludes, that in the different habitant of our feas, and it was circumstances here related, the men easy for every one to ascertain are struck by the electricity only what is said of it, yet none before of the fish.
M. Reaumur, in our days, had Here are very fingular effects, mewn what all those stories aand there are others which are mounted to. There are two thod. more extraordinary, since M. Muf. fand leagues from hence to Surichenbroek finishes his recital, by nam; and what an alteration
may saying that some others are not arise in facts through the course of less certain than the foregoing, such a passage! Yet all the above. but which he dares not give an ac- related circumstances give us reacount of.
son to regret that one of those lina None can be better disposed gular fithes, which was bringing than we are to adopt the opinions from that country to M. Muschenof fo learned a gentleman; yet, broek, died in the passage. If it in admitting all those marvelloushad lived, this wife naturalist effects, we cannot believe, with would have foon discovered and him, that they ought to be attri- made known all the certainty in buted to electrity. It seems he the facts related of it. was induced to think so after the
The fish here spoken of is called experiment of the sealing-wax; by naturalists gymnotus, and by
the Dutch, Beef aal, in French so that the observation of whatAnguille de bæuf, i. e. Beef-eel :
ever does not agree therewith is It is four feet in length, and only attended to, far from finding nearly about the thickness of a a reason to bring things to a closer man's arm ; and it is found parti. examination, and to return to the cularly in places where there are first impresions received. rocks.
The several bones discovered M. Richer speaks, in the ac. near Aix, and which at first fight count of his voyage to Cayenne, have been held to be human bones, of a fish that seems quite like this confirm what we say, and prove, in bigness and its effects: He how much, on comparing one body says that when it is touched with with another, it is necefsary to the finger, or even with a tick, know perfe@ly
, what is most pro. it so benumbs the arm, and the per to characterize them. part of the body nearest to it, that Springs of mineral waters are one remains for a quarter of an very near the place which these hour without being able to ftir bones were taken out of; several it; that himself had felt this ef. chains of mountains separate it fect; and he adds, that the fither from the sea, which is five leagues men say, that by striking other distant from it. A rock, which fishes with its tail, it sets them a. is there level with the furface of the Sleep: This is not unlike what M. ground, was fapped by gun-pow Muschenbroek relates of the gym- der ; it formed a very hard mass, notus, but it is much less extraor- and no ftrata were observable in it; dinary.
the part of this rock which lay bu. ried in the earth to a certain depth,
was covered with a bed of clay, Of different bones which have been over which was vegetable earth: discovered within a rock near Aix. the interior of the rock was of the From the same.
nature of the hardest marble, and
mingled with jaspered and transpaWE
TE cannot be too reserved rent veins. It was after penetrat
in . points of natural his. ing into it five feet in depth, that tory, when we are to decide con- a great quantity of bones were dif. cerning the resemblance between covered to be lodged in it: They some foffil bodies and others pri. were held as having belonged to mitively organized, especially if different parts of the human body; these are of to delicate a subitance, jaw-bones, teeth, arm and thigh as to make it rare, after a certain bones, all were considered as such: time, to find them well preserved, they had not, in appearance, or at least to discover the parts that changed their nature; their cavity have not undergone notable altera. was filled with a chrystalline subtions.
ftance, or a ftony matter like to When one in fact has believed that which inclosed them. there is found some decisive rela. At the depth of four feet and a tion in those sorts of researches, half, were discovered bodies of a all the observations come to ter pretty regular figure, and resemb. minate in the idea first conceived; ling human heads; the occiputs
of some of them have been pre. yet none of those vestiges are per. served : they were incrustated in ceived in the quarry itself; which the stone, and their internal part gives room to presume that it was was full of it : the face of one of never opened by the first Romans those heads was preserved without who established themselves in the alteration; it is in the natural environs of Aix; and those bones proportions ; the eyes, the nose are of a date greatly anterior to well formed, though Aatted, the them. cheeks, the mouth, the chin, are M. Guettard, among some other therein distinguished, and the muf- of our academicians, is not discles of the whole very well arti- posed to believe that the greater culated : this head is of the fame part of those bones have the origin substance with the tone it was that is attributed to them ; and taken out of.
that the heads, especially, have In the same place was found a belonged to human bodies. How, great number of pointed teeth, indeed, can it be conceived, that whose analogies are unkown; one the flesh and muscles of those heads in particular was remarked which have been preferved in such perwas round, much bent, and sharp fection that a mask of stone should as that of bfhes; it was not entire, mouN itself'over them with regus but it was judged from its remains larity, and catch exactly the deli. that its length might have been cate features of the face ? Astony three inches; its enamel was of juice should, in confequence of the finest polish: some other teeth this idea, have bedewed those well. were also discovered, which were formed masks, and, after being of a greater or finaller dimension indurated thereon, should have than that here mentioned, and given in relief the figure of the whose interior substance bore a heads on which the malks had been great likeness to that of the teeth at first moulded. Besides, it is of fishes.
seen, by the account, that the There was likewise observed, on quarry is formed of ruins; that all the surface of a fragment of the things are there heaped upon one stone, a kind of square horn, fome. another without order; and that what bent, and laid horizontally; the fediments of ftony it was covered with a substance re- being performed by succession, it sembling that of harts' horns; the should be likewise supposed, that remains of it is three inches in those heads were preserved withlength; and three longitudinal ca- out alteration during a consider. nals make it suspected that it be able time, to serve as a nucleus to longed to some ñfh.
the matter which had enclosed The quarry, out of which these them. M. Guettard's opinion, in bones were taken, is fituated on refusing to hold as human bones a rising ground, where neither those of the quarry of Aix, seems springs, nor rivulets, nor waters, alfo the better grounded, from the are seen to filtrate into it : and discovering of several teeth of feathough, in digging into the earth fishes; it being very probable, that about, several broken bricks and whatever has been taken for hu. the remains of houses are found, man heads is only the produce of