Everyone who has read the description of the terrible fire at the St. Jean de Dieu Asylum, commonly called Longue Pointe, ten miles from Montreal, opened in 1875, cannot fail to have had his sympathies excited for the unfortunate inmates, and also, we hasten to add, admiration for the heroism displayed by some of the nuns to whose care the patients were entrusted. Those who are acquainted with the building, its height, and the number of men and women confined in the highest story, will have been able to picture to themselves the fearful scene which presented itself, the impossibility of escape, and the suffering which must have been endured. There were 1,300 lunatics in the asylum. How many perished is still unknown, and probably will never be accurately ascertained, as the books have been destroyed in the fire. The “Toronto World,”∗ of May 7th, when describing the calamity, observes “that ever since Quebec was a province its management of the insane has been a shame.” But the present is not the occasion on which to dwell on the laches of this asylum. Let them
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