Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Anatomist and the Drunk

The Farmer's Journal and Agricultural Advertizer (London), vol. X, No. 527, 20 Oct. 1817, p. 333 (middle column).

Last night some wags stripped a drunken man quite naked, put him into a sack, head and ears, and carried him in a coach to a celebrated anatomist in Blenheim Street, where they obtained the usual fee as for a dead subject. The surgeon then commanded his servant to tumble the sack down a flight of stone steps; but its inmate being now roused from his stupor, thrust his head and arms out, to the horror and astonishment of the surgeon and his attendant, and begged for mercy. He could not account for getting into such a situation; and the surgeon, after composing himself, had the mouth of the sack tied below the poor fellow's chin, and a hole for his feet cut through the bottom, and sent him in a coach to the watch-house.

[The same story appeared in The Bury and Norwich Post, 22 Oct 1817. See Richard Sugg, Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires, 95.]