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The Tragic Death of Herbert Huntingdon Smith

Aphelandra pulcherrima

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Collecting naturalia can even in modern times be dangerous, especially if you are deaf as Herbert H. Smith (1851-1919) was. Collecting snails along the railway in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, that tragic day in March 19192, he was hit by the train and killed. In 1880 he had married Amelia Woolwirth, who also was a naturalist and a vivid collector. After their marriage, they collected together, but it is often only Herbert’s name on the labels.

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