PECULIARITIES OF LIGHTNING.
Persons struck by lightning have had small holes drilled in the skull, but otherwise they were not marked. Victims have been horribly burned and even dismembered. A stroke of lightning has cut off a man’s ear, or shaved his hair and beard clean, and not hurt him in any other way. The markings are often curious. Blue is the common color, but they have been red, green, and black, and occasionally the whole body turns black. Negroes who have been struck by lightning have had their skin bleached in spots to absolute whiteness. One negro struck by lightning found, after he had recovered consciousness, that he had one completely white arm, the rest of his body being as black as usual. Blindness, deafness, and other total or partial paralysis are frequent consequences of lightning strokes. Sometimes the lightning selects a single object on a man’s person, and assails that without apparently touching the man himself. Coins have been melted until they stuck together in a man’s pocket, while he suffered no ill consequences. Keys, watches, and watch chains, metal cartridges and eyeglass frames have been more or lessdamagedwhile the persons wearing them were almost uninjured. Clothing, too, has been almost demolished without injury to its wearer. Iron tacks have been pulled out of shoes, and rubber boots destroyed frequently. The brass eyelets weie once torn out of a man’s shoes, but he hardly felt the shock.