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The Cold Water Cure.

A riot of raving lunatics t ok place at the Bicetre Asylum, near, Paris, recently, says the " London Standard," which at one time threatened ,fcb lead tso tragic consequences, but "which was fortunjitely quelled, not only without bloodshed, j but m an innocent and an almost humorous fashion. Fifteen of the" most dangerous madmen, confined m a part of the asylum known as the Surety, contrived to get out of the cells. Rushing with yells of delight to the yard, they overpowered and , put to flight the warders they met; and proceeded to arm themselves with razors, hammers and any other dangerous wea-. pons they could find m the apartments of

the officials. Thus fortified, they returned to the yard, threatening to kill any persons they might meet. They broke one warder's arm, wounded four other persons, and for a time remained undisputed masters of the field. Fortunal°ly they were locked hi an enclosure before they could do any further harm, and a company of infantry was rapidly requisitioned. The sight of the troops marching up with fixed bayonets infuriated the madmen, whose demeanour became so threatening that the director of the asylum thought it wise not to permit the soldiers to proceed to action. Instead of this, he ordered out the fireengines, and told the .firemen, to turn, their hose upon the rebellious crew. The effect of the manoeuvre was magical. Thp lunatics were at once cowed, and retreated into a corner, where, after they had been thoroughly drenched, by streams of cold water, they surrendered at discretion, and permitted themselves to be led back, one by one, to their cells, without attempting any resistance. This is by no means the first time a riot has been quelled byi cold water; but it -is probably the] first occasion on which it had been tried with such success at a revolt among the inmates of Bedlam.

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The Cold Water Cure., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2517, 13 September 1890

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The Cold Water Cure. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2517, 13 September 1890

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