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In the year of the red car

A Tragedy By Jim Along

Of the deserted old man's early victims--no other than she
who spoke--accidentally heard of his extremity, and, forgetting her
wrongs, urged by compassion and her remembrance of the past, sought her betrayer,
provided for his wants, and rescued him from impending dissolution. In grateful recognition of her Christian kindness, he gave her all he had to bestow, --Theodosia's portrait. * * * * * CRETINS AND IDIOTS: 
WHAT HAS BEEN AND WHAT CAN BE DONE FOR THEM. Among the numerous
philanthropic
movements which have characterized
the nineteenth century,
none, perhaps, are more deserving of praise than those which have had for their object the improvement
of the cretin and the idiot, classes until
recently considered as beyond the reach of curative treatment. The
traveller, whom inclination or science may have led into the Canton
Valais, or Pays-de-Vaud,

In Switzerland, or into the less frequented regions of Savoy, Aosta,
or Styria, impressed as he may be with the beauty and grandeur of the scenery through which he passes, finds himself
startled also at the frightful deformity and degradation
of the inhabitants. By the roadside, basking in the
sun, he beholds beings whose appearance seems such a caricature upon humanity, that he is at a loss to know whether to assign them a place among the human or the brute creation. 
Unable to walk,--usually deaf and dumb,--with bleared eyes,
and head of disproportionate. 

And so it went on...
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Published: September 14, 2010, 12:38 pm
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