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  • Reasons for Admission to Mental Asylum

    The many reasons are all too familiar.

    Reasons for admission to the Trans-Allegeny Mental Asylum, in West Virginia, from 1864 to 1889. From Prof. Frank McDonough on Twitter.

    Christopher T. George, Lyricist & Co-Author, "Jack the Musical"
    https://www.facebook.com/JackTheMusical/ Hear sample song at https://tinyurl.com/y8h4envx.

    Organizer, RipperCon #JacktheRipper-#True Crime Conferences, April 2016 and 2018.
    Hear RipperCon 2016 & 2018 talks at http://www.casebook.org/podcast/.

  • #2
    Hi, Chris! That is a real gem to keep in mind for future research of all kinds.
    The wickedness of the world is the dream of the plague.~~Voynich Manuscript

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Anna Morris View Post
      Hi, Chris! That is a real gem to keep in mind for future research of all kinds.
      Amazing to see that masturbation figures so frequently.

      Equally sad and concerning to see that "ill treatment by husband" is listed as a reason for admission, unless it did lead to the woman losing her faculties.
      Christopher T. George, Lyricist & Co-Author, "Jack the Musical"
      https://www.facebook.com/JackTheMusical/ Hear sample song at https://tinyurl.com/y8h4envx.

      Organizer, RipperCon #JacktheRipper-#True Crime Conferences, April 2016 and 2018.
      Hear RipperCon 2016 & 2018 talks at http://www.casebook.org/podcast/.

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      • #4
        Hi Chris,

        At a 1910 Purity Rally, the newly-minted Sir Robert Anderson told his audience "a harrowing story of an Eton boy, son of a colonel in the army, a brilliant lad, always ahead of his class . . . who had been reduced to a drivelling imbecile as the result of secret sin, induced by the sight of an obscene photograph exhibited by a scoundrel whom he met in a railway train."

        Anderson told his audience, "I had the satisfaction of hunting the villain down and of procuring him a long sentence of penal servitude."

        Source: "Speech at Purity Rally", Alliance of Honour Record [January 1911], pp. 2-3.

        Stay safe.

        Simon

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        • #5
          Thanks, Chris.

          Some of the reasons for admission:

          'Self-abuse'
          'Excessive self-abuse'
          'Deranged masturbation
          '

          but also...

          'Suppressed masturbation'

          Damn. Sounds like a classic case of "damned if you do, damned if you don't" (!)

          Nor, evidently, does it help the sufferer's mental fitness to have a calming cigarette afterwards:

          'Tobacco and masturbation'

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Simon Wood View Post
            Anderson told his audience, "I had the satisfaction of hunting the villain down and of procuring him a long sentence of penal servitude."
            Thanks, Simon.

            Sir Robert leave us in slight suspense, to ponder whether the villain he personally hunted down was the Etonian masturbator, or the railway flasher of French postcards...though one assumes he meant the latter!

            The brilliant head of his class at Eton, who went on to become a driveling imbecile, brings to mind J.K. Stephen, though unless Sir Robert is hiding the father's identity by turning him into a Colonel, this certainly wouldn't seem to fit.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Simon Wood View Post

              Anderson told his audience, "I had the satisfaction of hunting the villain down and of procuring him a long sentence of penal servitude."
              Originally posted by R. J. Palmer View Post
              Thanks, Simon.

              Sir Robert leave us in slight suspense, to ponder whether the villain he personally hunted down was the Etonian masturbator, or the railway flasher of French postcards...though one assumes he meant the latter!

              The brilliant head of his class at Eton, who went on to become a driveling imbecile, brings to mind J.K. Stephen, though unless Sir Robert is hiding the father's identity by turning him into a Colonel, this certainly wouldn't seem to fit.
              Also, shouldn't it have been penis servitude rather than penal servitude?

              Thanks, Simon and RJ.

              Chris
              Christopher T. George, Lyricist & Co-Author, "Jack the Musical"
              https://www.facebook.com/JackTheMusical/ Hear sample song at https://tinyurl.com/y8h4envx.

              Organizer, RipperCon #JacktheRipper-#True Crime Conferences, April 2016 and 2018.
              Hear RipperCon 2016 & 2018 talks at http://www.casebook.org/podcast/.

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              • #8
                I see that one of the reasons for admission into the asylum was the Salvation Army.

                I guess that applied to members of the Salvation Army who were overworked.

                Or perhaps, it could have applied to somebody who lived near a street corner where Salvation Army members had stationed themselves. All that constant bell ringing throughout the night might cause a resident to head for an asylum.

                But still, the sounds of Christmas wouldn't be the same without those bells.

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                • #9
                  Some one who should be put in an asylum (and its not Biden).
                  https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/...33#source=push

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