The Lazarus Bird
In this experiment take an ordinary fowling-piece, and put the usual charge of powder into it; but, instead of the common charge of shot, introduce a half charge of quicksilver. When a small bird approaches, fire. Although it is not necessary to hit the bird, it will be found so stunned and stiffed as to fall upon the ground in a state of suspended animation. As its consciousness will return at the expiration of a few minutes, avail yourself of the interval in declaring your intention of bringing it to life again, and your declaration will come true, to the amazement of your brother sportsmen.
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