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Experimenting with Human Nature.

Count Alexis Loronboff, a Russian nobleman who resides at Volhynia, possesses a medical diploma as well as a title, and in virtue of the former has been performing a series of experiments which landed him as a defendant in a criminal prosecution. The Count was anxious to tind out how and in what way the human race would develop itself, if entirely bereft of all instruction, influence or example. Accordingly he purchased half a dozen infants about two years old from their peasant parents (who were only to glad to effect the sale), and confined each '• purchase "in a small room by itself. A deaf and dumb nurse was engaged to wash the children, who, though plentifully with food, were left unclothed, never heard the sound of a human jvoice—except their own, and were in all respects treated as if they'were caged animals.

As the years rolled on the results of the experiment were duly noted by Count Alexis LoronbofF. The children "howled and snarled " like dogs, and "fell upon their food in a ravenous manner." All ideas of decency were of course absent; and they were getting to bo something more than children, when someone revealed tho particulars of their Joxistoncc to the authorities, and a prosecution followed. Strange to say, the Count was acquitted, as the court decided that no actual cruelty had been practised ; but the experiments liavo ceased, and others are taking placo (by order of tho court), which have for their purport the civilising and education of tho unfortunate victims of the Count's scientific research ; and, according to latest reports, the progross made in this direction is disheartoningly slow.

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Experimenting with Human Nature., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2446, 20 June 1890

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Experimenting with Human Nature. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2446, 20 June 1890

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