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INSTANCES OF SOMNAMBULISM.

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INSTANCES OF SOMNAMBULISM. That special providence which is said to watch over drunken men and children must surely exercise a little of its saving care on behalf of sleep-walkers, otherwise the recent narrow escape of two somnambulists in France would be little short of miraculous (remarka the Evening Standard). The first case is that of a young man living with his parents at Poitiers, who, a few nights since, whilst in a state of complete uncon- sciousness, walked out of a first-floor window under the impression that he was stepping into the bed he had just quitted. So little effact, however, did this perilous fall take upon the sleeper, that hia trance remained unbroken, and he was found the following morning slumbering in the garden below as peacefully as though the gravelled path were a downy couch. The same week a second case of somnambulism occurred at Lille, the hero this time being a married man, whose gentler half vigorously exacted that her partner should, upon waking of a morning, descend into the yard to fetch the water for the matutinal ablutions. Latterly the husband had objected to this, arguing that as everything should be in common between man and wife, they ought to take the water- drawing in turns. This attempt at rebellion led to a curtain lecture a few nights ago, which resulted, aa usual, in the triumph of the weaker Bex. Apparently under the influence of the recent altercation, the hus- band, who had a habit of walking in his sleep, roee some hoars before daybreak to perform his wonted task, but mistaking the window for the door, stepped out on to the sill, and grasping the iron rail, was in the act of letting himself down into the yard, when happily his feet coming into contact with the windows of the lodger beneath, broke them, and aroused their proprietor, who, amazed at the unexpected intrusion, inquired what were the intentions of the owner of the legs. To this the sleeper, still clinging to his fragile support, replied drowsily that he was going to do his wife's bidding. His interlocutor deeming it an insult to that lady's wifely affection to suppose her capable of order- ing her Bpouse todeccmd in such a break. neck fashion and airy costume, went upstairs to satisfy his curiosity, which resulted in the slumberer being safely hoisted up from hia critical position, just as the wearied hands were slackening their hold. It is said that his con- sort, touched by the narrow escape of her husband, has undertaken for the future to the fetching of the water in turns.

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