But one feeling, that of regret, has been felt at the retirement of Dr. Orange from the post he has so admirably filled in the State asylum for criminal lunatics at Broadmoor. The event is saddened by the reflection that his health has been seriously impaired by the injury received from one of the patients (Rev. H. S. Dodwell) four years ago, commented upon at the time in this Journal. The efficiency with which the specially difficult administration of this institution has been marked is acknowledged by all who have made themselves acquainted with its condition. One fact among others has struck us forcibly as evidence of this, that during many years, but few casualties have occurred. We can from our own knowledge testify not only to the favourable impression produced upon ourselves when visiting Broadmoor, but to that also produced upon the minds of the French Commission on the occasion of their visit in the autumn of 1883. In their report to the Senate this feeling finds expression when they speak with satisfaction of the small number of escapes and other casualties, as also of “the unexpected spectacle of good order, tranquillity, and perfect discipline which strikes strangers who visit it;” and M. Motet, who visited Broadmoor during the International Medical Congress in 1881, thus wrote: “We have returned from Broadmoor satisfied with having found the realization of an idea that has always appeared to us to be right.”
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