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A DETERMINED OPPONENT TO VACCINATION. At the Thames Police-court, in London, last Friday, Ann Sipple, -a young woman, residing at Shudwell, who c.irried a healthy infant in her arms, was summoned for a violation of the Vaccination Act. The Magistrate said, as the defendant was not re- presented by counsel or attorney, he would explain to her what she was charged with. She was sumrn for neglecting to have her child vaccinated according to an order of Mr. Benson, a magistrate of that court. The defendant said she fully understood the charge. She had been summoned before Mr. Benson. The Magistrate Have you had the child vaccinated. The defendant: I have not. I plead guilty. I do not agree with the principles laid down in favour of vaccination. I will not have it done. I do not wish to poison my child's blood. The Magistrate Do you know the danger of neg- lecting vaccination. The defendant: I know the danger of vaccination. I have had five children. One of them was vaccinated, and died three days afterwards quite rotten. The other four were not vaccinated. They all had the small-pox, and lived. I have been vaccinated myself, and have had the small-pox notwithstanding. The Magistrate thought the defendant was furnish- ing arguments in favour of vaccination. Four of her children were afflicted with small-pox who had not been vaccinated, and she herself, who had been vacci- nated, was also afflicted, and recovered. It was pro- bable if she had not been vaccinated she would have heen disfigur ed, and her face and body markeå all over. There was not a mark upon her. Did the defendant know the millions that had fallen a sacrifice to small- pox before the great discovery of Dr. Jenner, and the introduction of vaccination ? The greatest and wisest men of all nations had approved of and IItrongly re- commended vaccination, and compulsory vaccination was part of the law of England, and must be enforced. The defendant said she had already told Mr. Benson, and she now repeated that she would not have her child vaccinated. The Magistrate: Now don't be obstinate. The highest in the land have their children vaccinated. I have been vaccinated three times. The d' fendant: Has it done you any good ? The Magistrate Yes. I attended on a sick friend who was afflicted with the small-pox, and before I went to him I was vaccinated for the third time. I was with him during the whole progress of the terrible disease, and I came away from him without being affected. Where is your husband ? Defendant: I have no husband. The Magistrate You are a widow? Defendant: No, I am not. I have got a father to my children. The Magistrate I suppose so. You have given me no valid reason why your child should not be vac- ¡;inated, and I tine you 20s. and costs, or the a1tlilrna- tive of seven days' imprisonment. Defendant: I shall not pay the fine. I will go to prison. The Pall Mall Gazette, has the following observations upon the above case :— However true it may be, as Mr. Paget, the magistrate, said that the greatest and wiae8t men of all natiolls approve úf and strongly recommend vaccination," that" the highest in the land have their children vaccinated," and-what is more to the purp088 perhaps-that compulsury vaccination is part of the law of England, it is clearly becoming more and more necessary that the public should be reassured as to the meriti of tha process. Explain it how we may, the fact il that for many yearl past a strong distrust of vaccination has been spreading, a distrust which in every cale 11 believed to have good grounds in actual experience and obiervatioll Inquire not amonsrst the highest in the land," perhaps, but amongst the poorer cla.ie8, and you will find almost every woman abounding in jJltances or healthy children destroyed by vac- cination. It i. not often alleged tht the childrn die of the process what you commonly hear is that "they were never the tame after ards"—were never well again. So general is this conviction, so fast is it spreading, it relta upon groundlof sucll painful experiem e (as they who hold it say), Ihat we may COllfidently Jook for iucreased evasion ano de- fiance of the Jaw. Dread of a ftne will nut weigh much with men and wt-men who believe the health of their little ones to be at stake and we may even find parents going to priso*, like the poor woman who wis de/llt with by Mr. Paget yestt relay, rather than subject one child to a procell which they believe killed another. Something must be done to re- assure the public miLd on this subject, or presently it will give us trouble. When the law cwllicts with domestic in- stincts and affections, the sooner the misunderstanding is cleared up the better.




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