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Deadly Blue Gum Negro.

Three Persons Die From Being Bitten

by One of Them.

There has always been a, superstition throughout the South thab the bite of a 1 blue gum negro' was as poisonous as bhab of a rattlesnake. While this has been bhe Superstition, bhere have been doubts about bhe existence of a ' blue gum negro.' Mahy people know of others who have seen the so-called poisonous negro, bub few have ever been found who have actually seen such a person. • The facb that such an individual really exists, and that, his bite is poisonous, has been fully established among the people along the Saline River, south of Warren, Ark. For several years there has lived a family of negroes in a cabin on the bank of the river, who have eked out the usual poor negro existence of Ashing and hunting, the same' as hundreds of other families have been doing for years in the same neighbourhood.

The family has never been noted for any peculiarity, bub recenbly there has grown vpa young man who developed certain vicious tendencies which wore foreign to those of his family. He has been in constant) trouble wibh his neighbours and wibh the authorities on acconnb of certain thieving and fighting tendencies. He got to be looked upon as a ' bad nigger;' and was a sorb of desperado who was shunned by all right-minded people of his race. Recenbly he gob into a fighb wibh anobher * bad nigger' who lived in anobher neighbourhood and whom he mebata dance hear there. In the fight -he .bib,his opponent through the hand, with the result that the bitten man became deadly sick in a few minutes.and in about three hours died from the poison in the wound. Afterwards when the negro was arrested he bib two of the constables, and both died within four hours of receiving the wound. This strange incident caused an examination to be made, and it was discovered that bhe negro was a veritable "blue-gum negro,' and the facb thab bhe three deaths followed so surely and suddenly after the bite convinced the people thab bhe man was nob safe bo be lefb alive,'and the resb was thab the night following the deaths he was taken from the gaol and hanged to a tree.—•* New York World.' '.. A ,

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Deadly Blue Gum Negro. Auckland Star, Volume XXIII, Issue 162, 9 July 1892, Supplement

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