Great Mineral Water Baths

1892 Scientific American  
52 J citutifi( �tutticau. GREAT MINERAL WATER BATHS. Drawing his knife, Mr. Dunstan attempted to cut the There are scattered over this country a large num-poor beast free, but it was with the very greatest diffi ber of natural mineral springs whose waters vary, both culty that he managed to sever the fleshy muscular as to temperature and constituents, to such an extent fibers of the plant. When the dog was extricated as to adapt them as curatives to almost every disease from the coils of the
more » ... nt, Mr. Dunstan saw to his human flesh is heir to, and it is a curious fact that we horror that its body was bloodstained, while the skin find in the United States springs that correspond in appeared to be actually sucked or puckered in spots, almost every particular to the noted springs in and the animal staggered as if from exhaustion. In Europe. We also have many artesian wells yielding cutting the vine the twigs curled like living, sinuous mineral waters differing widely in chemical composi-fingers about Mr. Dunstan's hand, and it required no tion and varying in temperature from 47° to 184°. slight force to free the member from their clinging Some of these wells were bored with the expectation grasp, which left the flesh red and blistered. The tree, of finding mineral waters, but the most of them were it seems, is well known to the natives, who relate many put down for the purpose of obtaining pure water, stories of its death-dealing powers. Its appetite is vo petroleum or gas. racious and insatiable, and in five minutes it will suck At Stockton, Cal., there is an artesian well 1, 700 feet the nourishment from a large lump of meat, rejecting deep, from which flow 2,250 gallons of water a minute. the carcass as a spider does that of a used-up fly. In addition to this large flow of water, the well yields Another strange plant that has lately been discov-75,000 feet of illuminating gas daily. The well was ered flourishes in masses, resembling huge gray bored for natural gas, but the water, on account of its bowlders from five to ten feet across, covered with pleasant temperature and medicinal properties, was li.lhens and grass, seen in the lowlands of the Falk found to have great value for the purposes to which land Islands, and each one proves to be a single it is applied.
doi:10.1038/scientificamerican07231892-52 fatcat:iguo6qsemvfx7miy3t54erd6tu