This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 Excerpt: ...abyss I was approaching; but the serpent soon again wound me in his meshes, and was now aided by another. This second person, however, was more his weak tool than depraved accomplice. "Folly succeeded folly, and even objectless crime, until one fatal day, in a violent quarrel between my associates and myself, the younger of the two miscreants, as I well remember, aimed a dagger at my heart. Of my life from that moment, until within a year past, as you shall hear, I recollect nothing. I suppose, from scars now upon my person, that I was badly wounded, and that violent illness was followed by insanity. That must have been fifteen years ago, at least, and my loss of reason continued until a year since, at which time I first became conscious of my situation. Judge of my despair when I found all my protestations of recovered health discredited, either from ignorance or from some villainous design." At this moment the keeper approached, and Hautleroy pledging his influence for the prisoner's release, took his leave of the asylum, meditating the best means of assisting the unfortunate man. If detained from unlawful cause, he felt that it would be in vain to apply to the keeper, or rather the acting keeper, for the man under whose special charge the prisoner was, though not the director himself, was nevertheless the law-giver of the establishment. He felt that, to prove his sanity, would be a long and uncertain effort, and that, on the contrary, any effort of the kind might result in harsher treatment of the victim. His final determination was to attempt his release through the benevolence, or justice, or cupidity of the attendant, under whose charge he had found him. "We shall not detail the means by which he finally accomplished this purpose. After...
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