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A New York paper tolls this hideous story : In Oswego, the negro, Dan Searles known as “ Black Dan, was executed by officers of the law. Previous to dying, he had sojjl' his body for the sum of 15d015., the nrfney to go to his father. No one seems to have thought it worth while to cry out against this proceeding. The doctors who bought the body went to the execution in company with the father of the condemned negro, and watched all the proceedings with the keenest interest No sooner had the body been pronounced dead than the doctors, whose, property it then became, rushed forward to take possession, while yet warm. But the father then stepped between them and the body of his son, and said it was his property, it should not leave his hands until the ISdols. were paid. An unseemly wrangle then took place, nobody seeming to think it worth while to interfere. At length the doctors paid the money to his father, and he went off with titter unconcern. The doctox - s having entered in possession, cut off the head, sawed open the skull, took out the brain, and that day plastered bills all over the town announcing that the bead would be exhibited and an anatomical lecture delivered upon it. The citizens of Oswego, quite as shameless as these doctors, crowded the hall, and the lecture proved so successful that they announced they would take the skull over the State with them, and exhibit it in the same way.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 95, 4 May 1880

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A HIDEOUS STORY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 95, 4 May 1880