Science: Feet to Fire

In a trench, twelve feet long and six feet wide in good British soil at Carshalton, Surrey, workmen last week laid a ton of firewood and over that a wagonload of burnt oak and charcoal. This pyre was drenched with ten gallons of kerosene and ignited. When it had burned for eight hours and a wind had fanned the embers almost to white heat a scrawny young Hindu named Kuda Bux and a group of respectable-looking Britons appeared. Kuda Bux had promised that by faith he would walk barefooted across the glowing pit....

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