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from liim which amused me not a httle. Thouo;h the remedies are certainly singuhir, both may fairly be entitled "a cure for dysentery."
A Dutch soldier, who had suffered for months from dysentery, the cure of which, in his case, the doctors declared to be impossible, had recourse to a powerful remedy. Placing at the bottom of a tumbler a handful of chili paddy, the smallest and most pungent of all Indian chillies, he poured over it raw gin, or kirsch, till the glass was half full. This mixture he drank off at once, and retired to bed, where, burying himself under several thick blankets, he soon fell into a sound sleep. After several hoiu's' rest he awoke, and finding himself in a violent perspiration, prudently kept his reciimbcnt position until he was quite cool, when he rose and refreshed himself with a cold bath, and, after a few days, completely recovered his former state of good health.
The other anecdote was of a gentleman, who,