The Wandering Jew — Complete eBook

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magistrates have full power to visit lunatic asylums.  They are even required to make such visits.  But we know, from the best authority, that the numerous and pressing occupations of magistrates, whose number is often out of proportion with the labor imposed upon them, render these inspections so rare, that they are, so to speak, illusory.  It appears, therefore, to us advisable to institute a system of inspections, at least twice a month, especially designed for lunatic asylums, and entrusted to a physician and a magistrate, so that every complaint may be submitted to a double examination.  Doubtless, the law is sufficient when its ministers are fully informed; but how many formalities, how many difficulties must be gone through, before they can be so, particularly when the unfortunate creature who needs their assistance, already suspected, isolated, and imprisoned, has no friend to come forward in defence, and demand, in his or her name, the protection of the authorities!  Is it not imperative, therefore, on the civil power, to meet these necessities by a periodical and well-organized system of inspection?

What we here say of lunatic asylums will apply with still greater force to convents for women, seminaries, and houses inhabited by religious bodies.  Recent and notorious facts, with which all France has rung, have, unfortunately, proved that violence, forcible detention, barbarous usage, abduction of minors, and illegal imprisonment, accompanied by torture, are occurrences which, if not frequent, are at least possible in religious houses.  It required singular accidents, audacious and cynical brutalities; to bring these detestable actions to public knowledge.  How many other victims have been, and, perhaps still are, entombed in those large silent mansions, where no profane look may penetrate, and which, through the privileges of the clergy, escape the superintendence of the civil power.  Is it not deplorable that these dwellings should not also be subject to periodical inspection, by visitors consisting, if it be desired, of a priest, a magistrate, and some delegate of the municipal authorities?  If nothing takes place, but what is legal, human, and charitable, in these establishments, which have all the character, and incur all the responsibility, of public institutions, why this resistance, this furious indignation of the church party, when any mention is made of touching what they call their privileges?  There is something higher than the constitutions devised at Rome.  We mean the Law of France—­the common law—­which grants to all protection, but which, in return, exacts from all respect and obedience.


By Eugene Sue


XL.  The East Indian in Paris
XLI.  Rising
XLII.  Doubts
XLIII.  The Letter
XLIV.  Adrienne and Djalma
XLV.  The Consultation
XLVI.  Mother Bunch’s Diary
XLVII.  The Diary Continued
XLVIII.  The Discovery
XLIX.  The Trysting-Place of the Wolves
L. The Common Dwelling-House
LI.  The Secret
LII.  Revelations

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