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A case of lunacy was examined recently which possesses some features worthy of note. William Bryson, a man of about 43 years of age, with a wife and several children, rents and cultivates a small farm some seven miles above the city, on the river road. About four years ago he became deranged on religion, and was sent to the State Asylum, from Avhich institution he was sent home some time afterwards apparently nearly cured. After a while, however, his malady developed itself into sullen silence, when he would take to his bed and refuse all nourishment till the “ spell ” passed off, being dull and stolid in the intervals. Some three or four months ago a neighbor, visiting at Bison’s house, began joking his daughter about a negro, which so excited the father as to bring on another attack. As usual he went to bed and refused to eat, and the family say that he really went without any food whatever for two weeks. At the end of that time the pangs of hunger compelled him to partake of some nourishment, and he again resumed'his stolid, stupid, silent labor on the farm. In the meantime the family had made preparation to prosecute the neighbor who had made the last attack, and the latter, hearing of it, got a neighbor to make complaint before a magistrate, and submitted to a fine of 1 dol. and costs. This seemed to aggravate Bryson’s malady, and he again took to his bed, about a week ago, refusing food as usual, and continuing to abstain for five or six days. Although he was harmless, his family thought it best to place him under the care of the physicians of the asylum, and therefore brought the matter before the authorities. Justice Vann of Knight Township, and Justice Roberts of this city, held the examination, and, after hearing the evidence, and on the certificate of Dr. Hayden, they decided that the man was a lunatic and should be sent to Indianoplis. This will bo done as soon as the proper papers are received. —-Evansville ( Ind .) Journal.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 101, 18 May 1880

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NO FOOD FOR FOURTEEN DAYS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 101, 18 May 1880