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The lecturer baving minutely described and exhibited the one pointed spears of different savage tribps, said tbat the South Sea Islanders occasion'l.lly poison their spears by thrust ing them into a corpse, and leaving them while the flesh de coys. The spear is generallJ and was probably originally thrown simply by the hand. �everal races however, now possess an implement for the purpose, which is called a "throwing stick " or " spear caster." This throwing stick is a fiat piece of hard wood,doi:10.1038/scientificamerican08261868-132 fatcat:wim2q4ttojfrljehu2vmgpkqoa