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EXHUMATION                                                           85

(7)  Stomach.

(8)  Liver, spleen and left kidney.

(9)  Intestines.
(10) Two femurs.

Articles upto 9 were packed^jn standard pattern boxes and article 10 was packed
in a big glass "jar.

All the regulations for the despatch of articles to the Chemical Examiner were
complied with, with the exception that no preservative fluid was used l and the viscera
were "taken direct from the body and placed in tightly fitting stoppered bottles which
were specially prepared. As an additional precaution glass stoppers were covered with
chamois leather. The post-mortem was finished at 3-45 pjn. and all the boxes were
sealed by 4-25 p.m. The boxes were taken by Dr. Modi himself to the Chemical
Examiner and were acknowledged to have been received by that omcer at 5 p.m.

I have had occasion to hold post-mortem examinations of six more exhumed bodies.
Of these I quote only three.

1.   A   Mahomedan  woman,   aged   22   years,   resident   of   Police   Station  Mandiaon,
District Lucknow,  committed  suicide by  jumping  into  a  well  on the  28th September
1919.    The  deceased's father  petitioned to  the  Magistrate that his   daughter had been
murdered ; hence the body was exhumed and sent for examination on the 9th October
1919.    No marks  of injury  were   detected  on  the body  which  was  in a  condition of
sap onification.

2.   In January 1920, the body of a Hindu male, about 20 years old, who died 5 days
previously, was exhumed on suspicion having been raised against the deceased's wife
that she had poisoned him.    On examination the stomach was empty and was studded
with blisters  on its inner wall  owing to  decomposition.    The  necessary  viscera were
preserved and sent to the  Chemical Examiner at Agra, who found " No trace of any
poison ".

3.   At 5-30 p.m. on May 19, 1925, I held a post-mortem examination on the body
of a male infant exhumed 20  days after death as the police suspected that the father
thinking that the infant was suffering from tetanus burnt him to death under a super-
stition that the children yet to be born might not suffer from the disease.    The skin
was still intact,  although the body had undergone putrefaction.    There were^ no signs
of burns or other injuries to the body.

1. Lieut.-Colonel O'Meara did not add preservative in this case, (1) because the
viscera were so fully decomposed that no further rapid decomposition could occur and
(2) because he was able to send them direct to the Chemical Examiner's Office. In all
cases in which these conditions do not exist preservative should be added.