I recently read a story in a Kansas newspaper (1874) allegedly written by a medical doctor named S. Ghwyr Jorschk, M.D. Now that sounded like a fake name to me, but there is at least one person today in Germany with that surname. And the doctor did say he was going to spend a year in Mecklenburg-Schwerin. But the story is so outlandish that I wonder whether it is a hoax. It concerns a case of a young lady whose body turns to stone in less than an hour after drinking some water found inside a large rock. The woman's husband was allegedly an attorney named Frederick Haller whose office was close to the doctor's in Marksville.
My questions are:
Were there an attorney and doctor by those names in Marksvile in the 1870s? Any information about them?
Anyone able to cite any corroboration or refutation of the story?
You can read the story at http://UniGen.us/Petrification.jpg
(high-res, BIG file) orhttp://UniGen.us/Petrification-small.jpg