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REFORMATORY INSTITUTIONS   87

In connection with this subject it may be noted that a few years ago Mr. Justice Hodgins was appointed a Commissioner to investigate and report upon the best method of dealing with the problem of the "feeble minded". The statistics furnished in his report, and by the records of the courts, show an alarming increase in the number of persons whose mental development has been arrested, or, at all events, never kept pace with their physical growth. Numerous expedients have been suggested but a satisfactory remedy has not yet been found. The care of these unfortunates in institutions conducted on the cottage plan, with healthy outdoor occupation, seems to promise most in preventing them from being a danger to themselves and to society.


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