Tried to Give a Soldier Leprosy
Bichmond, 3., Dak s , January 14— William Lapeer has just returned here to die of leprosy which, it is feared, he contracted while serving with his regiment in the Phillipines. Lapeer is the twenty-two-year-old son of a Union County farmer* He went to Manila last spring with Col. Frost's South Dakota regiment* While seeing the sights soon afterjhis arrival there he gave offence to a native aristocrat whom he met io a low drinking resort. The letter's friends succeeded in separating Lapeer from his companions, plied him with drugged liquor and carried his unconscious form to a house in the native quarter, where blood from a lepar was injected into a vein In one of his arms When he realised what had been done to him Lapeer was so horrified that he nearly died from pure nervous shock. He fell into a violent fever and was finally sent home. He will probably be discharged. Local physicians do not pretend to say what will be the result of the treatment to which he was subjected, as they do not know whether leprosy can, be_ ao transmitted. They- ar» fearful of the. effects of the experiment, but say- ft may be several months before the disease will manifest itself. The patient would be sent to New York for examination by experts, but is suffering from nervous prostration and is too ill to be moved.
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