Quotation by Lafcadio Hearn

I feel like a white granular mass of amorphous crystals—my formula appears to be isomeric with Spasmotoxin. My aurochloride precipitates into beautiful prismatic needles. My Platinochloride develops octohedron crystals,—with a fine blue florescence. My physiological action is not indifferent. One millionth of a grain injected under the skin of a frog produced instantaneous death accompanied by an orange blossom odor.
Lafcadio Hearn (1850–1904), U.S. journalist, author. Letter, 1889. Quoted in Elizabeth Bisland, The Life and Times of Lafcadio Hearn, vol. 1 (1906).
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