Punch,  59 (1870), 144.

Euthanasia Extraordinary





Death, Animal Development, Natural Law, Electromagnetism, Electricity, Analogy

    Discusses a report in the Morning Post relating that a man's death had been attributed to the selling of his horse for a high price. The newspaper reported that it was said that if the horse had won another race it would have killed the owner, since he was so excited by it. Suggesting that the man probably died of the 'excess of happiness' caused by the sale of the horse, the author argues that this case is an 'edifying exception' to the 'mysterious biological law, seemingly analogous to that of electrical induction', by which the 'positive nobleness of that noble animal the horse appears generally to induce an opposite condition upon those who have habitually much to do with it'.

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