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- n. A stone popularly reputed to cure hydrophobia, or to prevent it when threatened. It is applied to the wound, from which it is supposed to draw the poison. The belief in its value has no scientific sanction.
“madstone," at a distance from where the boy was dog-bitten.”
“When it does so, the bitten man at once starts off to Texas, where at certain places one can hire the use of a madstone.”
“The madstone is popularly supposed to be an accretion found somewhere in the system of a white stag.”
“Among the Sontals in Bengal the snake stone, found within the head of the Adjutant-bird, is applied to a snake bite exactly in the same way and with the same supposed results as the Texas madstone, an accretion found, it is said, in the system of a white stag.”
“To see a madstone applied to a wound from the fangs of some mad animal, denotes that you will endeavor, to the limits of your energy, to shield self from the machinations of enemies, which will soon envelop you with the pall of dishonorable defeat.”
“Just then the doorbell rang, and on answering it, I beheld an old gentleman and his grandchild in quest of the ever-ready madstone.”
“About this time my madstone patient entered the room also.”
“On opening it, I beheld two gentlemen and a lady in quest of my madstone.”
“On opening it I once more beheld a madstone patient standing before me.”
““madstone,” at a distance from where the boy was dog-bitten.”
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