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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 14, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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here from Kansas City. We cured
him of the morphine habit, which he
had acquired when his arm was cut
off and he had been given morphine
to deaden the pain of infection.
"After we had discharged him
cured, the pain continued in his arm
and he went back to the drug for re
lief. He was brought here the second
time and we examined the arm and
found a tumor on the end of the
nerve. We cured the nerve tumor and
treated him again for the drug habit.
That is five years ago and he has not
taken a drug since.
"If the fiend is a neuresthenic, he
is almost hopeless because he is tak
ing the drug for imaginery pains and
those imaginery pains will start him
taking the drug again even after he
is cured of the habit. Often fiends
were not victims of neuresthenia
when they began taking a drug to
become neuresthenics afterwards.
"Owing to the small appropriation
we receive, we do not want to take
cases unless the fiend absolutely
wants to be cured, and in that case I
know 1 can cure him. I have no se
cret formula. I will be glad to give
the prescription to any legitimate
physician who wants to know what I
am using.
"There is very little suffering in
volved in taking this cure, though
there is, of course, a little insomn'ia.
rhave treated thousands of cases suc
cessfully." Quoting from an article by Dr. Sce
lethi on drug victims as far back as
1906, he says:
"As to the permanent cure of these
unfortunates, they must be divided
into two classes: One class has con
tracted the habit from -patent medi
cines, or through trying to obtain re
lief from pain. They are men of
normal mental equilibrium, who have
friends to extend. a helping hand to
them when they leave this institution.
These we can and do cure.
"The second class consists of de
generates of weak mind and morals,
acquired or inherited, with vicious
and depraved habits, who seek the
lowest depths of depravity for enter
tainment and who rush back to their
haunts as soon as they are released.
Trying to cure them is only a waste
of time and money.
"Something radical should be done
at once to stamp out of existence this
increasing vice. Spasmodic attempts
have been made by newspapers and
certain charitable organizations in an
attempt to check its growth. Chicago
is the home of thousands of these
poor miserable wretches, whose lives
are but despairing struggles for the
poison that lulls them to the false
rest and solace of insanity. Year after
year I have watched their constantly
increasing number until I have begun
to wonder whether the American of
the future is to be a drug-nurtured
dope-fed being. Five or six years ago
this habit was seldom met with out
side the dive or gilded brothel, but
today, in hundreds of homes of all
classes, the recruiting of victims of
this drug curse goes steadily on. Ev
ery day from two to a dozen of these
fiends are received into this institu
tion, all of whom are 'full of dope.'
They have not had the slightest trou
ble in getting all they could pay for."
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A KIDNAPING "TRUST"?
New York, July 14. That a "trust"
controls kidnaping in New York and
is organized in such a way that tho
proceeds are divided on a business
like basis, is the declaration of Ass't
Dis't Att'y Weller, who has launched
an investigation which he expects will
result in wholesale indictments. More
than 1,500 children have been kid
naped here in the past ten years and
held for ransoms ranging from $600
to $1,500, according to the resources
of the parents. In this time only 39
arrests have been made on kidnap
ing charges and only 9 persons convicted.
The Roman stripe materials are
smartest when green and blue predominate.
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