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October 25, 1908


Humane Society Steps in and Cares
for a Freak.

During the American Royal stock sh ow two weeks ago a man had on exhibition a calf born without any fore legs. What became of the man is not known, but the helpless animal, all doubled up in a cracker box, was found beneath the viaduct at Eighth and Main streets yesterday morning. The owner evidently intended to place it on exhibition there, but he will have a hard time doing so now as W. H. Gibbens, field agent for the Humane Society, took charge of the calf and sent it to the veterinary college hospital on East Fifteenth street.

How long the little animal had been there without food or water is not known. The attention of Mr. Gibbens was drawn to it by business men in the vicinity. Mr. Gibbens tried to locate the owner of the beast but could not do so.

The attention of the Humane Society was called to another incident yesterday which Mr. Gibbens said he would put a stop to. It appears that a Vine street druggist is the possessor of two great boa constrictors. They are kept in his front window in full view of the public and frequently fed on live chickens and rabbits.

To witness the feeding of the snakes it is said many small children and women gather. Mr. Gibbens said the druggist would be requested not to feed the snakes in public.

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October 15, 1908


Two People Ate Them, and Both of
Them Nearly Died.

Mrs. Ula I. Steffler and H. E. Bailey, who were taken to the Emergency hospital yesterday afternoon and treated by Dr. W. L. Gist for strychnine poisoning, will recover. Both live at 717 May street, where Mrs. Steffler is housekeeping for Bailey.

Mrs. Steffler said she often used morphine for neuralgia and that upon finding a box of tablets on the sidewalk which she supposed were morphine tablets, she took two of them. It turned out that the tablets were strychnine tablets sometimes used by veterinary surgeons in the treatment of animals. Either contained enough of the poison to kill a human being unless heroic treatment was applied at once. Soon after taking the tablets Mrs. Steffler became deathly sick.

Then followed the strange part of the incident. Bailey accompanied Mrs. Steffler to the hospital and seemed anxious to do everything in his power to aid her. After the examination, he returned home saying that he wanted to go back and lock up the house which had been left open during the excitement. Half an hour later Dr. Gist was again called and by this time it was to attend to Bailey.

The man stated that the excitement incident upon the poisoning of Mrs. Steffler had so unnerved him that upon his return and finding a small box, supposed to contain morphine, upon the table, he took one tablet. This tablet also contained strychnine and Bailey became sick at once. He was treated at the hospital and after a short time was out of danger.

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September 13, 1907


Banqueters Misunderstand Toast-
master's Reference to Death.

When Dr. L. A. Merrillat, of Chicago, tostmaster at the banquet given at the Coates house last evening by the American Veterinary Medical Association, paid tribute to the "memory of one well known to us who has departed from our midst," and asked that the banqueters sit in bowed silence as a token of esteem to the departed, word was passed from table to table that Dr. Atvill Byrd, of Kansas City, was dead.

But Dr. Byrd is something more than a memory, despite the fact that he is lying ill at his home suffering from bruises received by the kick of a horse several days ago.

It being generally known among the delegates to the convention that Dr. Byrd had been injured, the natural conclusion was that it was he who had "departed from our midst."

"Well, I'm surprised to learn of Dr. Byrd's death, whispered one veterinarian to another after the banquet, and this was followed by "Let's ask Dr. Merillat for the particulars."

"Why, I didnt' mean Dr. Byrd," was the reply of the toastmaster, "I meant Dr. H. L. Ramacioti, of Omaha, who died today."

But many veterinarians left the banquet room believing that Dr. Byrd had died.

Dr. Byrd was reported convalescent and near complete recovery last night.

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May 31, 1907


Test Made Last Night to Develop

Forty-two cows selected from dairies in the northeast part of the city were inoculated at 8 o'clock last night with tuberculosis virus by City Milk Inspector Wright and L. Champlain, veterinarian of the city pure food inspectors, for the purpose of determining if any of the herd are afflicted with tuberculosis. The temperatures of the cows treated were taken at three different times yesterday, the last shortly before the tuberculosis virus was injected. It takes twenty-four hours for tuberculosis to develop in a cow, and the real results of the tests made last night will not be known until tonight.

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March 18, 1907


Before He Can Experiment on Cows
for Tuberculosis.

"Before tests can be made to determine the prevalence of tuberculosis in cows," said A. C. Wright, city milk inspector, yesterday, "it will be necesary for my department to have an appropriation with which to buy the baccilus with which to make experiments. I have no funds for such purposes. They will have to come through the board of health and if the board meets Monday I will make a request for an appropriation.

"For the past two or three days with Dr. Lloyd Champlain, veterinarian of the pure food commission, I have been making inspections of the hundreds of dairies within the limits of the city and we detected some very suspiciuos appearances among many cows. I am not prepared to say that this was caused by the presence of tuberculosis."

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