Clipped From The Indiana Weekly Messenger
AfiAINST DIX^OBT- to ho could to T of as Committee the writes a letter the unable mints per month. that standard by the ERIE, February 1.--Dr. Julius Sevin, Sevin, a practitioner "of this city for than a half a century and at one Erie's leading physician, makes allegation- allegation- of shocking cruelty among in-ane inmates of the State Asylum Dixmout. Sevin returned a few days fi'j-o, after sojourning eight years 1 as an insane patient. His disniis.-al on the ground-, o f - a u i t y v a- by powerful local influence exerted his favor, and he now states t h a for sross deception and the blackest treachery practiced he ought to have been restored to hi.- home and friends nearly seven years ago. About eight years"ago Dr."Sevin's mind gave way under a sad bereavement and he committed to Dixmont for treatment. lie state.- that in le-s than eighteen months he regained his mental faculties faculties and applied for discharge, but was told to bo satisfied where he All his letters addressed to his family in Erie never went beyond the asylum, and lie .-ays lie was subjected the most bitter indignities. All his pathetic appeals for restoration were unheeded and month after month, vear after year, rolled on without chance to escape, until some months ago the heart of a young attendent named George Hoeflerwas touched Dr Seym's pitiful condition and he con-cnted to mail the doctor's letters detailing the lionoi^ of his captivity. The lettess reached his friends here, who had begun to think his infirmity incurable, and the President Judge, William A. Galbraith, interested himself in tho matter. The result was that within a short time the doois Dixmont were t h r o w n open Sevin. The old gentleman says that one his companions, a you"g German named Thumb, of Pittsburg, who had recovered but was detained, was tally kicked by a keeper. He fell insensible, and in falling inflicted a terrible gash in his head. In a few he died, and the superintendent of of the hospital, Dr. liced received report that Thnnb had died from fit of epilepsy. Dr. Sevin alo declares that Mr. Constantino Muustel, an accomplished scholar, wiio is sane as any living man, is the prisoner of his wife's mour, who regularly pays tor the husband's support in the asylum. He was sent to Dixmont a. few ago on petition of the wife. "Over sixty patients," says Dr. Sevin, are sane are confined in Dixmont today, with no hope of release. Oh could mention instances of men who are imprisoned there and are the victims of outrageous plots. What I have said is not half what I Dr. Heed is the superintendent of State Asylum and Srvin says his firmities prevent him from exercising proper supervision and that he depend upon young doctors.--Philadelphia doctors.--Philadelphia Times.