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SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION OF DRUNKARDS. (From the New York Courier.) We feel it incumbent on us to exhort every toper from Maine to Mississippi to insure himself against fire. They are, all and singular, as combustible as a powder-house, and as liable, every moment of tli(-ir lives, to blow t)P._ It is fearful to contem- plate the hazard at which they hold possession of their tenement of clay. They all of them think, we dare say, that they are as safe against confla- gration as so many houses built of asbestos -if they did not, it would be impossible for them to stow away such daily quantities of kindling stuff; but it is our duty to tell them that a young gentle- man at South Berwick (Maine), Mr J. C. Hanson, a Student of medicine, has lately ascertained that a toper's blood burns like so much tinder, and that it only depends upon the contingency of his coming in contact with some material of ignition whether he shall goon in drowning himself in apple brandy or blow up like a cellar stored with Bordeaux brandy on the 16th of December, in South-street 1 Every body knows that the tipler has frequently gone off by spontaneous combustion, but we are not certain that it has ever before been known that the catastrophe happens by the communication of an accidental spark to the sanguiferous ducts. If, however, we are to believe the statement made in Maine—and it seems to be sufficiently authenti- cated—a drunkard's blood is as easily ignited as so much New York gas. (It burns a great deal better.) And every fellow who goes home tipsy, runs as much risk of conflagration as a fireman, clothed in cotton, who ventures into the fourth story of a burning building Let the topers look to it. They are every soul of them moving magazines of salt- petre! The experiment to which we have alluded as having been made by Mr Hanson, took place recently. A drunken old wretch, who had drunk two gallons of rum in the five preceding days, came staggering into the office where Mr H. was a stu- dent. The young gentlemen told him he was in danger of expJodincr bv spontaneous combustion, and persuaded him to be'bled, in order to avoid such a tragedy. He was bled, and a lighted match being applied, the blood burntblue, and continued to burn freely for 30 seconds. Mr Hanson winds up his account by the following statement and certifi- cate:— ° ''The above experiment, which resulted in a phenomenon thus brilliant, and which I had never noticed either by observation or in authors, was not only witnessed by myself, and the subject of it, who sat mute, astounded, and in breathless silence but by several respectable gentlemen, together with a worthy and respected physician, my tutor, who were present, and who in the subjoined certificate vouch for the authenticity of the fact I now submit to the public. JACOB C. HANSON. To the Public—We, the undersigned, residents of South Berwick, do hereby certify that we were present and witnessed the experiment above described, CHAHI.E8 TRAFTOB, CHAHI.E8 TRAFTOR, JOHN G. WEBilTER, JOliN KENMARD."

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