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Grotta del Cane

(Naples). The Dog's Cave, so called from the practice of sending dogs into it to show visitors how the carbonic acid gas near the floor of the cave kills them.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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