One thing I've learned while trying to write weird historical fiction is that my imagination is pale and spindly compared to stuff printed in the newspaper in 1910...
Hypnotizes Grangeville Girl
Is Unable to Bring Her From SpellGrangeville, Idaho, June 3, 1910
Miss Hildegarde Almem, a prominent your society woman, is lying at the home of her sister, Mrs. Walter Crosby, in a critical condition, resulting, it is alleged, from the attempt of a traveling hypnotist, calling himself Alburtus, to get her under hypnotic control, and after he had partially succeeded, being unable to restore her to consciousness.
Alburtus has been demonstrating his power here for several days and Miss Almem has taken a great interest in his exhibitions. To friends she announced her belief that she could not be brought under the hypnotic spell, and contrary to their advice, today agreed with Alburtus that if he could hypnotize her she would allow him to exhibit her in a down-town store window. The challenge was accepted, but fearing the results, after getting her partially under control, he decided to restore her, but found he could not. The girl was immediately taken to her home and is still in condition alternating between consciousness and coma.
Another thing I've learned: They enjoyed commas, the journalists of 1910.