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HEREDITARY POSSIBILITIES

FAMOUS INSTANCES OP PLURAL BIRTHS,

Discussing the fortuno or otherwise of Mr Ellis Lavios, Mil 1 ., whoso wife remitly bore him throe sons at a birth, ait English journalist says:— No one wants to discourage MrDavies, whose colleagues in tlio House are, so it is said, going to present him with a testimonial in honour of tlio event. But it is, nevertheless, a fact that tlieso multiple births run in families. There wive, for example, been at least five rocorded instances of triplicate births ex> loudiiitf over two or more generations, and ono of quadruplicate i while, on tho very same dny that saw tho news of Mr levies good fortuno recorded in tho papers, there appeared also a paragraph niinouiii'iiii; Uiut on tho occasion of tho wlebrnlion of tlio eightieth birthday o Mr J'.award Lemon, of Glen Hill, oturminster, there were present that gentleman s triplet great-grand-nophewß ana his twin grout-grand-nieces. Perhaps, however, tho most remarkable ifr stance in point is that known in obstetrical annals as tho Gravata ease. A peasaut girl of Tuscany, named Gravata, the twin daughter of a.woman who was herself one of triplets, married a man ot her own class. She led off modestly, so to speak, with a single baby, a girl, On the next occasion, liQwever, she kept np the family reputation by presenting her husband with six male babies, small, but healthy. Next year came five more little brothers, followed by a couple of tnpfcfaiid it quartette. Afterwards ensued a long procession of ones and twos, winding up with four boys, the last accession bringing tho number of lier living children up to sixty-two.

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HEREDITARY POSSIBILITIES, North Otago Times, 28 August 1907

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HEREDITARY POSSIBILITIES North Otago Times, 28 August 1907

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