Medicine: Murder with Germs

At a Calcutta railway station many months ago promenaded one Amarendra Nath Pandey, a rich, youngish man who feared assassination. Warrant for his fear-someone (his stepbrother, he suspected) had dabbed lockjaw germs on the nosepiece of his spectacles. The germs had almost caused his death.

As Amarendra Pandey cautiously promenaded, a short black man brushed by and pricked his arm with a needle. Benayendra Nath Pandey, the stepbrother, rushed out of nowhere and vigorously rubbed the arm. In a few days Amarendra was dead of plague, and with suspicious alacrity Benayendra laid...

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