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I BEGIN TO STUDY MEDICINE
separated, the James brothers going one way, the Young-
ers and Pitts another. The second day the latter were
rounded up in a swamp, and, as they refused to surrender,
they were all shot down and Pitts was killed.
The Youngers finally recovered and were sent to the
penitentiary at Stillwater, Minnesota, for life. The body
of Charley Pitts was taken to St. Paul, where my pre-
ceptor, Dr. Murphy, who was Surgeon General of the
State, secured it and had it embalmed and preserved for
dissecting purposes. Minnesota laws allowed all un-
known or unclaimed bodies to be used in that way.
When I arrived home from Rush Medical College in
March, 1877, the remains were turned over to me. Pitts
was a fine specimen of physical manhood and I decided to
retain and mount his skeleton for use in my office after
my graduation. A good method of preparing a skeleton
after dissecting is to bleach the bones under water for a
year or so. Enlisting the help of one of my brothers, I
packed the bones in an ordinary shoe box, putting in a
few large rocks as sinkers. We drove out to the south
branch of Lake Como, just inside the city limits of St.
Paul, Minnesota, took the box out in a boat, and sank it
about at the middle of the lake. We shall hear of that
box later on.
While I was attending lectures at Rush Medical Col-
lege, I boarded at the home of one Addison Snell, 771
West Van Buren Street, Chicago. Two other students,
Van Dusen from Michigan, and Joseph G. Henderson
from Iowa, were in the same house.
We were coming from downtown one afternoon and
saw two women, richly dressed, approaching. Just before
we met, one gave a cry and fainted away. The other
screamed for help. Henderson was first on the scene,
picked up the woman who had fainted, and carried her to
a passing street car that was going in their direction.
Here’s what’s next.
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