In the July number of the Journal for the year 1881, Dr. Savage, in his article on the above subject, expresses the opinion that “some cases seem from infancy prone to wickedness, and that many so-called spoiled children are nothing more nor less than children who are morally of unsound mind.” In this opinion I quite concur, and give the two following cases as examples:—I have quite recently been consulted in the matter of a male child 4½ years old, who seems to be the very spirit of mischief. He destroys his clothes and bedding, will pour the ink bottle over the clean clothes, put clean clothes into the p⊚t de chambre, and the other day was discovered placing a piece of soap in the saucepan in which the soup for the family's dinner was being made. No threats, no punishment seem to have any influence over him. Yet this child is perfectly intelligent, and always anxious to go to school.
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