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--.-.----:_..4 HOME FOR INEBRIATES.


-4 HOME FOR INEBRIATES. A LADY TELLS HER EXPERIENCES THERE. A lady representative of "Cassell's Journal," in search of information, describes 11l that publication heT sojourn at the house of "a Christian couple," who advertised to treat, ladies suffering from dipsomania, the effects of chloral, or morphine. She represented herself, when answering the advertisement, as an orphan and a slaA^e of chloral, the habit having: been ac- quired through insomnia. By return of post a 1 eply came, in which she was addressed as 'Dear child," and the result was she was accepted as a patient at the rate of three guineas a week. On arriving at thei home she was consigned to the care of a matron in uniform, with the cast of countenance jha-t is cheerful bv system. "She led me straight off," the lady writes, "to the doctor—an old gentleman in spectacles, mild arid benign—who, an learning my symptoms. said that he would send me a soothing draught to alleviate cerebral excitement. ROUTINE. "Then I was free to join the other inmates a'; late dinner (seven p.m.). There were eight of them, all more or less shoAving traces of their malaclv in their faces. A lady, hand- some but hard, sat at the head of the table. She was one of the 'Christian couple'; the other was the-mikl-looking female. There was much made-up conversation, all in a. subdued tone. After, we adjourned to the drawing- room, where tea with lemon in it was handed iound; we discussed the ladies' papers and had some very indiiierent music. At 9.30 p.m. prayers were said by a sad-voiced Divine. Ther° were rules printed in every room; lights had to be put out by eleven p.m. no dciors v/ere. to be locked. We were visited once during the night, ar;d on each floor slept an attendant within call if wanted. Breakfast could be had at any reasonable hour wished in one's private apartment, and attendance at morning prayers was not compulsory, though the s bsemtees were virited bv ihe clergyman separately, and strenu- ously exhorted to amend their lives. Two car- riages-one one shut-came round at neon for a drive in the grounds: at two they took u outside. We were forbidden to discuss our past lives in public, and did not even know the names of our companions, but were called by the colour of the decorations of our apart- nents. I was Miss Cerise. PUXISHMENTS. "The punishment for infringing any of these rt striotions was the most peculiar part of this peculiar institution. For minor offences, the ltn on was omitted in tea, or the culprit was docked of her dessert. The handsome bard lady would say, in a marked tone of voice, to the waitress, Green, or Mrs. Brown, will not have any lemon in her tea to-night, or will have no dessert.' Whereupon all eyes were fixed upon the unfortunate delinquent, who blushed uncomfortably and fingered her table-napkin mrvously. The repetition of an offence, or the breaking of a cardinal rule., was forcibly im- pressed on the patient's memory by making her absent herself from the eATeninpr re-union, or. if she were present insisting<m total silence on her part, an attendant being always behind her chair to record in a book the number of times 9h8 transgressed. The introduction of alcohol or spirits meant a period of severe separation, with an attendant ever in eA-idence. Letters from the institution were desmtched unseen those sent to us were scanned before we got them. RECREATIONS. "Medicine wart put punctually on my mantel- piece. I as punctually watered the plants with it: they flourished-so did T. The; clergy- man read Dickens aloud one evening a week, but lie always chose the parts that made the good ladies cry. I, bein. £ the only three guinea boarder, was allowed a little latitude, and con- trived to strike up a friendship with the gardener, and had some exciting talks with the stable-boy; but even such amenities get stale, and. with the desperation born of despair, I asked to be allowed to get up some living pictures,' using the domestics for the figures." Permission was refused, and then, in despera- tion. the lady introduced cards,. but., being caught in the act of playing "Old Maid," the cards were confiscated, followed by a homily on gamblinc. delivered by the clergyman. The lady next sought comfort in writing, but her papers were impounded. Finally she Avearied of the regime and the menu, so. telegraphing to a relative to fetch her, she returned to town, where a non-temperance dinner and a visit to the theatre restored her to her normal condition.