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A Pencil in a Man’s Body.—Hartford, Connecticut, February 3. —Over five weeks ago a Hartford man had a fall and was rendered insensible. After being, taken home a surgeon discovered a slight wound in his body close by the heart', and thought the man had been either stabbed or shot. A few days later, however*'■anSß ’ pieces of black lead began to the wound, and it was then concluded that in falling, the point of a lead-pencil which the man had in his vest-pocket - had penetrated the" body. Probing, later, > brought out a little wood. To-day the surgeons, who have watched the case with much interest, used the knife, and to their , astonishment, a whole lead-pencil, which had been sharpened but once, was extracted. It was five and three-eights inches long, and the wood was split in two. 1 It had been completely buried below the chest, and not half an inch from the heart. The man is very weak - , but it is thought he will recover, 3 . -

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 92, 27 April 1880

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Page 2 Advertisements Column 2 Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 92, 27 April 1880