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A lamentable affair occurred at Leicester on October 9th, Dr. Clarke having been fired at and wounded by a man named Kirby. Kirby had been several times sent to a lunatic asylum, and Dr. Clarke had on at least one occasion made the necessary certificate. The lamentable element in the affair is that it was preventable and ought to have been prevented, for Kirby had repeatedly threatened Dr. Clarke. When will people learn that a lunatic with delusions of persecution is always a danger to the community, and ought never to be allowed at large; and that a lunatic with delusions of persecution directed against a specified individual is as dangerous to that individual as a mad dog loose upon his premises, and ought not to be allowed at large for an hour?

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