A shot scared Mrs. Mildred Stevens Morf, 27, of Brooklyn, N. Y. In the next room, she learned, a housepainter had mortally shot his brother, Herman Goldenberg, dentist. Mrs. Morf fainted. Taken home, she did not revive; would not speak or eat. Last week she died, from acute hysteria.

A subway accident at Times Square, Manhattan, last week, killed 16 people, mangled dozens more. Mrs. Jennie Lockridge, 56, onetime actress, heard the horror, saw the shambles, became hysterical. Four days later she was dead.

Hysteria, trickiest of psychopathic states, is an escape from reality,...

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