Rare and unexplainable, are those strange people who seem to be charged with high voltage electricity. Medical science doesn't know what to make of
them, so it does the next best thing... it proceeds to forget them.
For instance -
Dr. Ashcroft doubted the stories he had been hearing about the young girl's charge of high voltage electricity, so he reached out and took her by the
hand. A few moments later, when he opened his eyes, the doubting doctor found himself on his back, surrounded by a group of worried friends. Jennie
Morgan had done it again.
She lived near Sedalia, Missouri, in 1895, a frail, nervous girl then in her middle teens. The phenomenon which attracted so much attention to her was
not noticeably present until she was about 14 years old. Then, for no apparent reason, Jennie suddenly behaved like a powerful storage battery. Sparks
flew from her finger tips when she reached for the pump handle, and the voltage was so high that the spark was painful to her. The sparks were doubly
painful to anyone who chanced to touch her under conditions which enabled the electricity to leap through their bodies.
Needless to say, Jennie had few close friends. She regarded the phenomenon as a curse, principally because the family cat was one of her favorite pets
and the cat avoided her like the plague after it recieved a few shocks. Jennie's strange electrical endowment faded by the time she reached maturity,
and she became another normal young woman, much to her delight.
Medical and newspaper records tell of another human storage battery in the person of Caroline Clare of Bondon, Ontario.
VpzLM - In 1877, when she was seventeen years old, Caroline was a strapping 190 pounder who lived with her parents and 6 brothers and sisters. She
became ill, lost her appetite and began to waste away. Doctors could find nothing seriously wrong with her, but she continued to dwindle until her
weight dropped to slightly less than 90 pounds.
Then she underwent a mental change as drastic and as baffling as the physical change had been, for Caroline began suffering from seizures - or
convulsions - as some of the doctors described them. While in this state, body rigid, eyes fixed and staring, she would mumble at great length of far
away places and scenes which she had never visited. It made no sense to those around her, for this simple child had never been outside her native
For a year and a half she remained in this condition before she took a turn for the better, but it was not an unmixed blessing, for when her physical
and mental health returned to normal, she discovered that she had acquired an unwanted propensity for shocking people who merely touched her. Oddly
enough, she not only emitted considerable voltage, but she seemed to be magnetized as well, for when she picked up any metal article susceptible to
magnetic attraction, she could not let go of it; someone had to forcibly pull the article from her open hand.
As in the case of Jennie Morgan, the curse of the annoying electrical charge left Caroline when she reached maturity, simply fading gradually, to
return no more. Her case was studied by the physicians and a report was made to the Ontario Medical Association in the summer of 1879.
These two people were investigated and forgotten, for in both of these cases science admittedly found only the evidence... but not the answers.