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Daily Alta California, March 29, 1891. Yet another zany med student, doing how they do. The joke just never got old.


  1. I have to admit, before I got to the ghastly find, (and did the Daily Alta California not own a thesaurus? Three “ghastly”s in one paragraph is just lazy)I presumed that the joke was the small boy’s name. Makes me wish for the class rosters for little Ludwig’s elementary school: what other nomenclatural gems might lurk there? (According to the census data, Ludwig didn’t even make the top 1000 names of the period. He was a boy marked by fate to suffer, obviously.)

  2. I bet young Ludwig was the envy of his peers for having made the ghastly find.

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