Destruction of Ships by Spontaneous Combustion

1851 Scientific American  
�rirntifit 3ll nsrnm. The Spanish Fly and the Cockroach. Although the cockroaches abounded inconve niently at the Mauritius, it was net without pity that I saw them consigned, as they fre quently were, to a living grave by a wicked looking insect much resembling a Spanish fiy. It was imp08sible to witness his proeeedings, combined with his glittering blue and green dres, without imagining the elJlsh demon of a panto mime leading an innocent victim to perpetual entombment in 80me haunted
more » ... Let the cockroach be moving never so briskly across the wall , he has no sooner caught sight of the fatal insect-not a. quarter of his size-than all energy leaves him, and he stands stupidlY' resigned. The fly then walks up to him, looks him hard in the face, and presently putting forth some appa.ratus which stands him in place of a finger and thumb, gently takel the cockroach by the nose and leads him daintly along for a foot or two. Leaving him there , he commences a thorough examination of the neighborhood, beating the ground up and down like a well-tra.ined setter, and, not find
doi:10.1038/scientificamerican03221851-216a fatcat:e2tasz4dxvddholtwrbts3wesi