THE ASYLUM INQUIRY.
Clutha Leader, Rōrahi VII, Putanga 390, 1 Paengawhāwhā 1881, Page 3
THE ASYLUM INQUIRY.
The following is the concluding i portion of the evidence. Henry Hansen, a workman formerly employed at the Asylum, deposed that he saw the patient Anderson taken by the ear by the biggest warder in the Asylum, and his head dashed against the wall. Anderson was twisted in all directions, and witness thought his brains would be knocked out. He had •also seen Anderson knocked down like a bullock, stripped, and knelt upon by the same warder. He was stripped naked in. a passage, a cell door was opened and the warder, slapping him said : " ! here you will stand till three or four in the morning." Cross-examined : Anderson's head was dashed against the wall five or six times. He had never seen a man so ill-used in his life. William Anketell, of Masterton, formerly in the Asylum, said he knew Anderson. On one occasion saw him stretched on the ground ; some patients were holding him by the legs and. others by the arms, while an attendant kicked and heat him. Anderson made no resistance. Next day his eyes were closed, and he was a shameful sight. Mr Shaw: Both Mr Whitelaw and Dr France have told us that they had no object in detaining patients after they are cured. Had you any difficulty — Yes; I bad to pay L 5 to a man to get Mr Allen to move for my release. Mr Shaw : Had you ever applied to be released ?— -Yes, to Dr France. The first time he promised he would, as there was no reason why I should be detained. He did not keep the promise, and refused all other applications. Witness sent v verbal message to Mr Allen, as he was afraid to write through Whitelaw. He was afraid of Whitelaw. Mr Allen called, and after a long interview said he would write to Dr Skae, and demand witness' release ;, if refused, he would call in medical help Mr Allen called a second time with Dr Diver and a third time with the late Mr Mansford, Resident Magistrate. •Mr Mansford said he would like to discharge, witness at once, but could not override Dr Skae. Dr Diver called i again, and in the presence of Whitelaw; and witness,, demanded of Dr France what was meant by keeping a sane man. there. Dr France said it was not his doing ; it was Dr Pk'ae's. A few days afterwards he was released. Cross-examined : He was a.-, sane when I committed as he was now.. He had been falsely accused. If guilty of what he was accused of the gaol was the proper place for him, not, the Asylum. Had never asked Whi .daw to convey a message to -Vfr Alien, as 'he would, not trust him. When he finished he. said. "Now have you had enough?" Did not ask Dr France because he wished to avoid any charge being brought against himself. The witness Anketell gave his evidence in a most intelligent and collected manner. . ;'. J. W, Dark, carpenter, deposed that the size of the shower bath was 24in. by 18in., and .of the .rose.-. 10in.-., H.e had seen the, patient. Anderson kept standing naked for an. : hour, r in" the coldest days of last winter, then plunged into cold water, and his clothes thrown to him to put bn before he had dried himself. He had been in the Crimea and never suffered so much from the
cold as he did at 'he Asylum about that time ■ - .- : . -v A «nes Bo'dnson reo-died, deposed that when she- wtfs- ordered t-> a showerbath sdie was not put into the showerbatb7 but irito K nhe plunge-bath, and her head held under the tap for about. 10' minutes ,. 5 , , „ , Ahd rev/ G6m'ptSri,i j.uh'r.', . deposed to going to the Asylum with White, a -work mm at the Asylum. Whitelaw was standing in the yard. „ He accused witness of having- soihething to do with a leader that appealed in the Times. Whitelaw turned to White and exclaimed, " I 'su'pp-we you are satisfied now?" White went to pick up his tools, and Whitelaw rushed towards him, .apparently to strike him. lie did not do so, but said, " I wish I had you in the Forty Mile bush." White answered "Yes, or in a padded cell." Afterwards Whitelaw challenged White to fight. It was understood they were to meet outside' the* walls. Mrs Kettle was next recalled and examined by Mr Chapman, j Mr Chapman: Did you ever authorise any p»"»rt..of your salary being paid to Yliss Brig. lon ? — No Mr Chapman : Do you know of any arrangements which might have been made by which. Miss Brigdon was to draw part of your salary ? — No. Mr Chapman: When did you first hear of such an arrangement? — When I saw it in the paper The Chairman : You have been unwell. Has your memory been affected by your illness ?— Not in the least. The Chairman : Then it is not possible that some such arrangement might have been made and you have forgotten it % Impossible. The Chairman : You are aware, that your son has sworn that an arrangement was made by which Miss Brigdon, was to draw Lso,a year of your salary.. Is that true or untrue? — No- such thing. It is quite untrue. — Crossexamined : Miss Brigdon sometimes assisted witness, but did not dp most of the w.ork, She used to accompany Whitelaw to the female wards, Witness was quite capable of having done this, u-ork. • Miss Brigdon did very little work in the Asylum. Should say that LSO would exceed all the money she had received while matron. Would not have received any if she had not asked for it. She believed her son was taking- care, of tbe balance, and she could have ii: if she wanted it. Did not think her son was going to cheat her. With a stranger, would have been more careful. White, a carpenter, said he knew of no obstructions in the passage that would prevent a female attendant accompanying* Whitelaw on his visits to the female wards. Edwin Evans, formerly head male attendant, at Colney Hatch, called in rebuttal of Dr Skae's evidence, said he never heard the term " camisols " used until Dr Skae used it. Straight-jackets, or anything like them, were utterly unknown at Colney Hatch.' To the Chairman : If a. patient were, violent he would first be checked. If he did not desist he would be secluded in a strong room- If he were violent to himself be would be put in a padded room and the head attendant was required to report, to the Medical Superintendant within three-quarters of an hour. If he dpsrroyed his clothes he would be dressed in a strong c.mvas suit, which however gave perfect freedom of movement. If he tore _p his bed-clothes the Medical Superintendent ordered strong rugs of bolted canvas. The cell system is not in use at Colney Hatch, but large wards properly heated.