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14 therefor against said city or town for the benefit of 15 the heirs at law of the deceased; provided, that the 16 person so assulted or injured shall have used all 17 reasonable to prevent such assault or injury.

PROPOSED A MENDMENT.

A. Insert the word diligence after the word "reasonable” in the last line.

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STATE OF MAINE.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
House

March 15, 1845. ORDERED, That 350 copies be printed for the use of the Legislature.

SAMUEL BELCHER, Clerk.

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YOUR committee, to whom was referred the report of the Trusees, Treasurer and Superintendent of the Insane Hospital, have ad the same under consideration and ask leave to report, that we onsider this institution an honor to the State and a monument of he philanthropy of individual donors and of the high interest that he Legislature of this State has taken in the cause of suffering umanity.

From the report of the Trustees made at their last annual visit, le learn that the whole number of patients was eighty-one, fifty of hom were males and thirty-one females. Four of this number re supported by the State, and the trustees recommend that an ppropriation of three hundred dollars be made by the State for heir support the past year, as with this provision the institution can istain itself the ensuing year without further aid from the State; od for that purpose your committee have reported a resolve in vor of the Insane Hospital for the aforesaid sum of $300. Your committee learn from the Treasurer's report that there was le to that institution for the support of patients from towns and Wm. T. Johnson, Printer to the State.

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individuals, Nov. 30th, 1844, the sum of $3,334.40, and also the sum of $53.06 cash in the treasury: that the income of the farm belonging to the institution, the past year amounted to the sum of $822:44, and that the improvements of the farın are progressire.

Your committee also learn from the report of the Superintendent, that one hundred and fifty-one persons have enjoyed the adfabtages of this institution the past year, and that seventy-five bave been discharged therefrom during said time, thirty of whom have recovered and eleven more improved.

Your committee have perused the report of the Superintendent with much interest, and consider it a highly interesting and valuable document, worthy the high reputation of its distinguished author; and we cheerfully recommend it to the consideration of the friends of humanity.

Your committee are happy to say that the mangement of this institution during the past year under the superintendence of Dr. Ray, meets our cordial approbation. His humane and efficient labors, united with the kind attentions of all the other otsicers of the institution, to the unfortunate insane, have exerted a salutary influence in soothing the troubled spirit of the sufferer.

Our official visit to this institution the past winter was highly gratifying. The order, cleanliness and comfort apparent in every apartment of the building and the various innocent amusements enjoyed by the patients, so well calculated to divert the mind from its melancholy musings, could but awaken in our hearts sensations of gratitude and thanksgiving “to the giver of every good and perfect gift,” that an institution so creditable to humanity should have a location in the bosom of our own State. Yet your committee would respectfully represent that comparatively but few of the insane in this State enjoy the benefit of this institution. From partial returns made to the Trustees it appears that upwards of six hundred cases of insanity exist in this State, and that not more than one in eight seek relief in this asylum for the afflicted. This to your committee is a subject of much regret, as they have no doubt that in many cases which have terminated in confirmed insanity, the patient might have been cured had he been committed to this Hospital in the first stages of the disease.

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