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TO THOSE WHO SAY THERE IS NO SANTA CLAUS
God's or death's can produce an
instant of harmony in this- mael-
To those who say there is no
Santa Claus and deprecate the
deceit and folly perpetrated injiis
name, this frorri California&great
institute for the insane at Pattern
this last 25th of December:
Eighteen . hundred men and
Women mildly insane ormaniacal,
all dangerous to society or to
themselves, and so ihiprisonecL
There are kings of England, pres
idents of the United States,
queens of France, Napoleons,
Josephines, royalty without num
ber, 'great inventors, poets, phi
losophers and financiers among
these hundreds. There are men
Who sit all day long, day after
day, and stare at the wall. There
are women in straight-jackets
who moan over imagined wrongs.
There are those who shriek and
thosc-Whci go about with dead
eyes, protruding tongues and a
drool from the mouth. There are
those Who try ta fly an angels and
those who steal about as wild
beasts. There are some who con
tinuously pray and weep for their
lost souls, and also those already
mentally in hell whowould spring
upon and tear all who approach.
All phases of the human brain
dwarfed, ruptured or malformed
ate here represented, from him
who has taken but one step
across that thin, fine line between
reason and unreason to him in the
hopeless depths of madness.
Whdt a scrambling of mentality!
What a conglomeration of mental
weaknesses! Eighteen hundred
crazed in different directions of
The superintendent of this in-
stitution introduces Santa Clause
More than a thousand of the,
"milder" patients become irolic
some, companionable, even hap
py God help theml-r-for a day
and Sunt. Riley,, alias Santa.
B Claus, beconles convinced, hei
says, that one remedy for mental!
ailment is pleasure. But Riley;
also rigs up a dozen of his. depu
ties as Santas and .sends themj
through the wards of padded!
cells, straight-jackets, etc., where!
government by physical power1
Here's a woman bpund and
watched. She lost her children!
and her brain snapped. Always
her body sways from side to side
Always she moans. Often she
tries' to tear her own4flesh withi
her teetfh. She sees a doll in San
ta's arms. She's quiet. She ever
smiles. Come to the next1 roonv
or cell. "
Here's a man mad enough t
believe he's Rockefeller and ani
earthly, murderous agent pf the!
devil. He sits staring at the
blank wall. He was once rich.
Wante'd more and lostall, where
upon some part of the ganglia oV
nerves in his head broke. Bound,
he is simply a blank. Free, he
would kill. His eye lights on a
prison Santa Claus. Memory, in
telligence, eagerness flash across
his features. 'Way back in the
past somewhere he was a Santa
degrees! What power short of J Claus, and perhaps this minutej