Ancient Ink. —Persons in the habit of seeing old MSS. are often struck with the black appearance of the ink. The following recipe, which occurs on a piece of parchment in the hand of the fifteenth century, is pasted on the first leaf of the Cottonian MS. Titus A., xxii.:—“ Unica gallarum miscentur et uncia gummi, bis 2° vitrioli, superaddas octo falerni.” Edward F. Bimbault, quoted by L. 0. in sixth aeries “ Notes and Queries,” I, 146. Can a Man Brbak’His Neck and Live? —Can a man break his neck and live ? This question admits of an affirmative answer ; for cases are on record in which the neck was very badly dislocated, if not broken, and the victim lived. There is in the city an eminent physician who once had a narrow escape from death in an.accident of this nature, but he lives to tell how he broke his neck. Western men can do almost anything, so we are not surprised to hear that one of them recently gave his neck a twist that might have killed an ox, but the neck twister lives to tell the tale. He is an Omaha mail-carrier, and was recently thrown from a carriage with great force and struck the ground head foremost. A careful examination of his neck, which was greatly swollen and very painful, led to the conclusion that a partial dislocation of the first two bones of the neck, the atlas and axle had taken place. The neck was greatly twisted and very painful, and partial paralysis of the nerves which affect respiration was also found to exist. Fearing to attempt any reduction of the dislocation, which is always a very dangerous and fatal operation, the doctor left him for the night, determined the next day to hold a consultation and put the man under chloroform while the operation was performed. The next morning when he arrived he found that the neck had slipped back into its socket during the man’s turnings on his pillow. Such, at least, is the story as told in the Omaha papers. —Buffalo Commercial,
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