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Coming down to historic events, which are matters of record, and omitting a score or more authentic cases within the memory of any middle-aged man now living, the most important vampire incident of recent years was the celebrated Brown case.

George T. Brown is an honest and industrious farmer and horse jockey who lives on the road going south from Exeter hill. He had lost two children by consumption, and in the early part of 1892 his son returned from Colorado in the last stages of the disease.

“Of course he will die of consumption—there’s no help for it,” said the neighbors, “so long as his brother and sister prey on him.”

And they kept at Mr. Brown until he was almost distracted. He didn’t believe in vampires, but at last he yielded to the entreaties of the neighbors to have the bodies exhumed and the hearts and livers burned.

“But I want it done decently and in order,” he said, and so he sent a young man over to see Dr. Harold Metcalf of Wickford about it. Dr. Metcalf, being a graduate of Brown university and of Harvard medical school, and medical examiner of the district, was not at all prepossessed in favor of the vampire theory, and told the young man who came to see him about it that it was all a mistake. But the neighbors still kept at Mr. Brown, worrying the life out of him with their importunities. So the young man was again sent to Dr. Metcalf to beseech him in God’s name to come and perform an autopsy on the bodies.

In a moment of amiable weakness the doctor consented to go.

One afternoon in March, 1892, he went over to the Shrub Hill cemetery in Exeter, and there Mr. Brown’s neighbors opened the graves of his two children. The doctor found the bodies in a perfectly natural state of decomposition, and not fresh and rosy, as they should have been if the souls were vampires. In the hearts, however, was a little blood, and that was quite sufficient to corroborate the vampire theory in the minds of the neighbors. One old woman present was exultant. She knew they would find blood, and where should it have come from so long after death but from the bodies of the living?

So the hearts and livers which the doctor turned over to the little assembly of neighbors were burned there in the cemetery.

But it did not save the life of Mr. Brown’s son. He died not long after, and since then two other members of the family have passed away with the same disease.

“It was all because the ashes were not taken care of,” said the vampire experts.