248 MEDICAL JURISPRUDENCE a disarranged condition of furniture in a room indicate a struggle having taken place, and are therefore greatly in favour of homicide. It should, however, be remembered that cases are on record where lunatics upset and damaged the furniture owing to the maniacal frenzy before they committed suicide. Foot-prints in blood or dirt on the floor or veranda of the room in which a body is found should be carefully examined and compared with those of the victim or those of the suspected person in order to determine if it is a case of suicide cr homicide. Blood-stained finger-marks on the furniture or on the corpse will indicate homicide, if they do not correspond with the finger-marks of the victim. These foot-prints and finger-prints should be photographed so that they might be used for identifying the assassin in the future. A body found at the foot of a precipice or on a railway line points to suicide or accident; but it may have been placed there to conceal the act of homicide. In that case a careful search should be made for the presence of marks of dragging the body on the ground, marks of blood stains, and foot-prints on tEe ground and in the vicinity. A weapon firm^^gaspei,i|i the hand of the deceased person is strongly suggestive of suiciSe/iSrsucH a case blood is generally found on the outside of the hand and fingers, or between the fingers, but not on the palm and the palmar aspect of the fingers. There may be blood stains on the wrist. Portions of hair, fragments of clothing or some other foreign material firmly ^grasped in the hand of the corpse is indicative of homicide. Suicide is generally suspected if a weapon is found lyjng-.near the body, It should be examined for the presence of blood stains, and it should be determined whether the wounds could have been caused by the weapon ; for it is quite possible that the weapon found may not be that with which the injuries were inflicted. It is also possible that the weapon may be quite clean if it was wiped with a piece of cloth or towel, which would very likely be found lying in the vicinity. The flT-tfagpfg^nf a \ypapnn in the vicinity of the body is suggestive of homicide, but not necessarily, for a suicide may conceal the weapon or throw it away after inflicting a fatal injury on himself. T. H. G. Shore31 reports the case of a suicide, where a sergeant inflicted two cuts on the left side of the neck, which joined into one large gash above his larynx and extended to the right side. He had divided both internal jugular veins and both superior thyroid arteries. The oesophagus, prevertebral muscles and the discs between the fourth and fifth cervical vertebr3e were all injured. After inflicting all these injuries he put away his razor into its case, and that into its usual place in his kit-bag. I saw a case where an old man threw away his knife into a well after cutting his throat, and then jumped into it. All the articles found on or near the body and likely to be of any value in detecting the crime should be carefully examined and then sent to the Superintendent of Police or Magistrate in sealed packets. 31. Lancet, July 24, 190^ p.