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statue nyht 9 11 1904New York Herald Tribune, September 11, 1904. The shrewd thing to do today would be to spraypaint this guy silver, put a hat at his feet, and drop by three times a day to collect your earnings. statue nyht 9 11 1904 2

Epileptics used to be sequestered in so-called colonies. Most of them were state-run snakepits, though the Sonyea facility was reportedly one of the nicer ones, and some were pleasant enough to attract goldbricking freeloaders who weren’t actually epileptics. More on that latter.

5 Comments

  1. Peculiar, indeed.

  2. “Mr. Miner called the attention of a policeman to the man, but the officer said he had no right to interfere with him.”

    Wow, these days, the police probably would have tasered him for failing to obey a lawful order/being unresponsive.

    • It’s electroshock therapy for the uninsured.

  3. Was Dr. Icard in the vicinity?

    • Worth looking into. The guy could have legs, as sort of a French Dr. Mabuse.


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