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LANTIER (JACQUES LOUIS), born 1860, was the son of Claude Lantier and
Christine Hallegrain. He was allowed to grow up wild at Bennecourt until
he was two and a half years old, when his parents removed to Paris,
taking him with them. Life in the city did not agree with the child, who
to make matters worse was much neglected, his mother being wholly taken
up with her lover, and his father with art. He grew up puny, serious
like a little man; at five years his head had grown quite out of
proportion to his height, but as his skull increased in size his
intelligence diminished. His head alone continued to grow, verging on
cretinism, until, in 1869, the unfortunate child died of some obscure
form of malnutrition. L'Oeuvre.



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