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HABITUAL DRUNKARDS. • On the 1st of January next the Habitual Drunk- ,l° to the control and cure of habitual drunkards, will come into operation, and will be in force until the expiration of ten years from the date of its passing, the 3rd of July, 1879. In the pre- liminary part of the act it is laid down that an "habitual drunkard" means "a person who, not being amenable to any jurisdiction in lunacy, is, notwithstanding, by reason of habitual intemperate drinking of intoxicating liquor, at times dangerous to himself or herself, or to others, or incapable of managing himself or herself, or his or her affairs." A retreat ia stated in the act to mean "a house licensed by the licensing authority named by this act tor the reception, control, care, and curative treatment of habitual drunkards." No license shall be given to any person who is licensed to keep a house for the reception of lunatics. The act gives to the justices of the peace in England and Ireland, and to the sheriii or his substitute in Scotland, power to hear and determine, under the Summary Juris. diction Acts, an information or complaint under the act. The justices are to have the power to send habitual drunkards to retreats, and persona may be admitted to retreats on their own application; and such applicants, alter their admission and reception into retreats, unless discharged, shall not be entitled to leave the retreat until the expiration of the time mentioned in the application, provided that such shall not exceed twelvemonths. Provisions are made for the inspection of retreats by an officer to be styled the inspector of retreats," and each retreat shall be inspected at least- twice in each year. Power is given to the justices to permit an habitual drunkard confined in a retreat to live with any trust- wo thy and respectable person willing to take charge of him for a definite time for the benefit of his hlth. An habitual drunkard escaping from the person in whose charge he has been placed ahull forfeit hia license, and may be taken back to the retreat. Ample provision is made by the act. for the medical atten- dance and care of those detained in the retreats under orders made by the justices.

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