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has no proof that he was in the full possession of his sex-powers
until he was 15 years 3 months old (when he had his first
emission). His sex life has been normal. He masturbated somewhat
when he slept with other boys (or men) during early manhood, but
not to excess.
"During the autumn of 1889 (when 28 years of age) he observed
that at certain times he had an itching feeling about the
testicles; that he felt slightly irritable; that the penis
erected with the slightest provocation, and that this peculiar
feeling usually passed away with a nightly emission. Indeed, so
regular was the matter that he usually wore a loin garment at
these times, to prevent the semen getting on the bedding. This
peculiar feeling ordinarily continued for two or three days. He
recalls at these times that he felt that he would like to wrestle
with some one, for there seemed to be a muscular tension. These
states returned with apparent regularity, and the intervals
seemed to be about six weeks, though no effort was made to
measure the periods until 1893. The following notes are taken
from the diaries of X.:--
"Thursday, December 29, 1892. The peculiar feeling.
(This is the only entry.)
"Thursday, February 9, 1893. The peculiar feeling.
(The diary notes that X. awoke nights to find erections, and
that the feeling continued until Sunday night following, when
there was an emission.)
"Friday, March 27, 1893. The peculiar feeling.
(The diary notes that there was an emission the next night,
and that the feeling disappeared.)
"Wednesday, May 3, 1893. The peculiar feeling.
(The diary notes that it continued until Saturday night, when
X. had sexual relations, and that it then disappeared.)
"Wednesday, June 14, 1893. The peculiar feeling.
(The diary states that the next night X. had an emission,
and the disappearance of the feeling.)
"Thursday, July 27, 1893. The peculiar feeling.
(The diary notes that it was apparent at about 3 o'clock
that afternoon. That night at 10 o'clock, X. had sexual
intercourse, and the feeling was not noted the next day.)
"Friday, September 8, 1893. The peculiar feeling.
(Continued until Tuesday, the 11th, and then disappeared.
No sexual intercourse, and no nightly emission.)
"Wednesday, October 25, 1893. The peculiar feeling.
(Continued until Saturday night, when there was a nightly
"Saturday, December 9, 1893. The peculiar feeling.
(Continued until Monday night, when there was sexual
"It will be noted that the intervals observed were of about six
weeks' duration, excepting one, that from September to October,
when it was nearly seven weeks.
"These observations were not recorded after 1893. X. thinks that
in 1894 the intervals were longer, an opinion which is based on
the fact that for a period of six months he had no sexual
intercourse and no nightly emissions. The times during this six
months when he had the 'peculiar feeling,' the sensation was so
slight as to be scarcely noted. In 1895, the feeling seemed more
pronounced than ever before, and X. thinks that it may have
recurred as often as once a month. In 1896, 1897, and 1898, the
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