I remember well the resurrection scare caused by the Burke and Hare murders. Meetings were held, and a system of watching the Howff arranged, in which all able-bodied men were to take part. My father and elder brothers had to do their part, I heard a good deal about the watching. It seemed to have been quite as much fun as watching. One of the stories in "Mansie Waugh" describes them to the letter, proving that the author had beyond a doubt been present at some meetings of the kind, as they were for a time held all over lowland Scotland. People, however, soon tired of this, and things returned to their normal state. Body-snatching after this was not, I believe, a profitable trade, and soon became a thing of the past.
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