How Irving Bishop Died.
There is an organisation in Brooklyn, New York, composed of lawyers, doctors, artists, journalists, and professional men, generally called the "Lambs’ Club,” and at one of its Saturday evening entertainments Bishop was invited to give an exhibition of his powers. Though just recovering from a severe spell of illness and against the advice of his physician, he consented, and went through all his performances. He was in particularly grand fettle, and during the first two or three trials he executed some marvellous feats. At the close of one of these he went oil into a cataleptic trance, from which ho was only resuscitated with difficulty. He insisted then, in spite of remonstrances, on going on with his performance, with the result that he overstrained his powers, went into another trance, in which he expired. There was a strange scene in the club that night. Every member of the deeply interested audience felt personally responsible for the catastrophe, and all went off after summoning the coroner, leaving him there amidst the remains of their feast. Before tho coroner arrived on the scene, however, a number of physicians, believing the mind-reader was dead, commenced to dissect the body for the purpose of obtaining and examining his brain. None of Bishop’s relations had been communicated with nor consulted, and when his widow and mother were apprised of what had occurred their grief and indignation know no bounds. They said that Bishop was not dead at the time, but only in a trance ; and they asserted further that he lived in constant fear that his fate would be that which had befallen him. The greatest scientists of this country and Europe have been consulted on the matter, but all seem to believe that Bishop was really dead. His mother, in her evidence before the coroner, stated that her son never stirred fro* home without certain papers stating his feelings on this subject, and directing that no knife should be suffered to cut him for at least forty-eight hours after his death.
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How Irving Bishop Died., Evening Star, Issue 7957, 12 July 1889
How Irving Bishop Died. Evening Star, Issue 7957, 12 July 1889
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