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A JlailitT’s Museum.
Several weeks ago the dime museum
on Dccatur street was levied upon by
Bailiff Barucs, of Judge Edgar Orr’s
Court, by virtue of an attachment sued
out by Mrs. M. A. Hughes against Ed.
Reedy. Reedy was manager of the
The several curiosities constituting
the museum were moved to Judge
Orr’s courtroom after the levy, where
they have been ever since. They
have been viewed by many people
since they have been at Judge Orr’s,
as a peep at the museum there is free.
The most interesting part of the
museum is the mummified body of a
giant Indian. The Indian must have
been at least nine feet tall in life.
The body, drawn as it is, measures
within a few inches of nine feet now.
It has been pronounced by some as in
a state of partial petrifaction, but it
has since been pronounced by high
authorities in osteology as a genuine
mummy. The flesh on the huge skele¬
ton is very dry, too dry for petrifac¬
tion, and in some places the skeleton
is almost bare. The mummified body
of the Indian is lying in a perfectly
natural position. lie lies in the long
green box, prepared for the purpose,
with his long, coarse hair covering the
pillow as if he were asleep. It is like
a giant warrior had laid himself down
to sleep. Even through the rough,
dry muscle-like flesh drawn tightly
over the bones of his face, there is
discernable a fierce look of courage,
such as might be imagined agiant like
he would possess. The huge frame is
well proportioned, considering that it
is so large.
The claim account for which the
attachment was taken, not having
been settled, the property has been
legally advertised for sale on next
.Monday at 12 o’clock. The curiosi¬
ties advertised are the giaut Indian
mummy, a baby mummy and a doubleheaded calf.
The baby mummy itself is an inter¬
esting study. It is an Indian baby in
mummified state tightly incased in a
split log with an ancient looking
hatchet cleaving its little head. It is
supposed that the baby was murdered, possibly by the big giant, and put in¬ side the hollow of a tree, where the baby became mummified.
The advertisement has attracted che
attention of the Smithsonian institu¬
tion doctors and professors and that
institution has sent several ostcologists at different times to make an expert examination of the mummies.
First Dr. Priorlcau and Professor
Steele, of the Smithsonian institution,
came and made an expert examination
of the bodies represented to the mum¬
mies. After a long and careful exam¬
ination they pronounced them as real
mummified bodies. The giant mum¬
my, they said, was 500 or perhaps
1,000 years old. They said its mum¬
mified state was due to a peculiar ac¬
cident. The bodies became mummi¬
fied in a peculiarly dry atmosphere,
Professor Lucas was the last of the
Smithsonian institution professors to
come and examine the mummies. He
made an expert examination with
powerful glasses and in many other
ways and he also pronounced the bod¬
ies to be in a real mummified state.
The examinations were made with
the intention of purchasing the mum¬
mies to put in the National museum
Copies of the advertisement rif the
sale were taken by the professors of
the National museum and it is expect¬
ed that representatives of the institu¬
tion at Washington will be present at
the sale of the museum next Monday
tu bid for it.
All of the experts who have exam¬
ined the giant mummy, which is near¬
ly nine feet in length, think it is a
curiosity fit t<> be placed in the Na¬
tional museum..Atlanta Constitution.
The Anderson intelligencer., December 04, 1895, Image 1