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About The Conservative (Nebraska City, Neb.) 1898-1902 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 10, 1901)
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eastern hospitals for the insane with
proclamations of humanity and deliver
ance. The great reforms which I had
intended to inaugurate myself are
already here , all thanks to this enlightened -
lightened and enterprising physician.
The abolition of manacles , straightjackets -
jackets , cribs and all the tortures which
have BO long cursed and have never
cured insanity ; hypnotic treatment of
the minds of the mentally deranged ;
personal freedom to enjoy the amusing
and the beautiful and all the conditions
of psychic sanitation are included in
this reform. I never saw and do not
personally know Dr. Teal , nor do I
know Governor-elect Dietrich as an
acquaintance. I am , therefore , the
more free to congratulate the coming
governor and Dr. Teal upon his intelli
gent J. - > al iu going into the great hospitals
in the east for observation of the
abolition of all violent force and moral
outrage upon the insane. Legislation
should instantly respond to him in a
way to provide for swift and exemplary
punishment for those who have these
unfortunates in charge and who abuse
their power , and I invite , most respect
fully , the earnest attention of the
governor and the legislature to this great
Suggestions to State Authorities.
In seeking to benefit the Reverend
Mother Mary Vincent and St. Bernard ,
many days before the Bee printed the
important interview with Dr. Teal , I
wrote out some suggestions to this most
capable and worthy founder of one of
the most perfectly conducted hospitals
for the ordinary invalid that I have ever
seen , which I would be glad to see ap
plied to the insane wards in the state
institutions. I beg the attention of Dr.
Teal and the medical profession to them ,
as follows :
First All forms of violence should
give way to the utmost practicable ex
tent to the kind and careful use of force ,
gently applied to restrain patients.
Blows and choking should be considered
crimes upon humanity except in defense
against imminent danger to life from
attack. No such danger need exist for
one moment if proper attendants are
provided and will do their duty.
Second Inmates should be allowed to
write at all times without fear or favor ,
to friends any complaints they wish to
make of their treatment and any wishes
they may have to express with absolute
freedom. This reform presupposes that
the inmate has full lucid intervals and
is reasonably sane.
Third All near friends of inmates
should have the perfect right to see
them and to question them in respect to
their condition and wants and no black
smith of a "doctor" should be permitted
to prevent this. Friends in consultation
with the superintendent and attendants
after entering the insane ward should
decide whether they will converse with
the inmate or not.
Fourth Violent patients should be
restrained in padded rooms , barred and
bolted , and manacles should go into
general disuse during the night and as
far as possible during the day. Manacles
and violence in hospitals for the insane ,
in my medical judgment , cause more
insanity than these institutions cure.
Fifth Any false report of the con
dition of an inmate to the public or to
friends should be made by law a criminal
offense , punishable by both fine and im
I have but a few more words to say.
Dr. Teal must have taken notice of the
case of the Frenchman Milliard , who
was strangled and choked to death in
the insane pavillion of Bellevue hospital
on December 16. Commissioner Wheeler
and Dr. Donlin , the New York coroner's
physician , have discovered that down
right murder was committed in this
awful case. Three guilty attendants
have been arrested for manslaughter ,
and it is not disguised that other mur
ders have been committed in that great
hospital in the same way.
I speak from terrible experience when
I warn all medical men and managers
of the insane not to deprive these un
fortunates of the boon and blessing of
seeing friendly faces and hearing friendly
voices. Don't for the sake of God and
humanity drive them to despair and
death or to incurable mania , under the
advice of any medical man on earth by
denying .to them these blessings. This
applies to the victims of acute mania
who are partially sane.
GEORGE L. MILLER.
CAKLYLE DENIED "THE CONSENT OF
THE GOVERNED. "
Then there arose one of democracy's
most trenchant foes , Oarlyle ; the first
who dared frankly to impeach the new
ruler , to question his decrees , says Eliza
beth Bisland in the January Atlantic.
Through all his vociferousness ; through
all his droning tautology , his buzzing ,
banging , and butting among phrases ,
like an angry cockchafer ; through the
general egregiousness of his intolerable
style , there rang out clear once again
the paean of the strong. Here was no
talk of the rights of man. His right , as
of old , was to do his duty and walk in
the fear of the Lord.
"A king or leader in all bodies of men
there must be , " he says. "Be their
work what it may , there is one man
here who by character , faculty , and
position is fittest of all to do it. "
For the aggregate wisdom of the mul
titude , to which democracy pinned its
faith , he had only scorn.
"To find a Parliament more and more
the expression of the people could , unless
the people chanced to be1 wise , give no
satisfaction. * * * But to find some
sort of King made in the image of God
who could a little achieve for the people ,
if not their spoken wishes , yet their
dumb wants , and what they would at
last find to be their instinctive will
which is a far different matter usually
in this babbling world of ours , " that
was the thing to be desired "He who is
to be my ruler , whose will is higher
than my will , was chosen for me by
heaven. Neither except in obedience to
the heaven-chosen is freedom so much
as conceivable. "
The Nebraska newspaper boys are
looking forward to the first appearance
of W. J. Bryan'e paper , The Commoner ,
with gleeful curiosity. It is interesting
to note that they rarely call attention to
the subject without mention of THE
CONSERVATIVE , J. Sterling Morton's
paper , and predict a thunderous bom
bardment between Lincoln and Nebras
ka City. Hayes County Republican.
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