Loud Enough to Wake the Dead

I found the following story in The Royal Leamington Spa Courier, September 18, 1847.

“A person named Piffady died lately at St.-Martin-du-Mont, aged 91, whose early life was marked by a curious circumstance. When about 30 years of age, and in the army, he was taken ill at Lille, and to all appearances expired in the hospital of that town. He was taken to the burial ground in the usual way, and was on the point of being consigned to the grave, when the volley fired by his comrades over his coffin roused him all at once from his lethargy, and caused him to strike against the wood loud enough to attract notice. The lid was raised at once, and Piffady stood forth on the burial ground, before the eyes of his astonished comrades. What was also curious is that he found himself cured of his illness by the sudden shock his system had received.”

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