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(from The American Anthropologist For July, 1891.] THE NEW SCHOOL
OF CRIMINAL ANTHROPOLOGY. BY ROBERT FLETCHER, M. D. History revels
in the description of a battle. The slaughter of the combatants is
carefully summed up, the ghastly total announced with judicial
gravity, and the glory of the successful commander is
proportionally resplendent. In the cities, towns, and villages of
the civilized world, every year, thousands of unoffending men and
women are slaughtered; millions of money, the product of honest
toil and careful saving, are carried away by the conqueror, and
incendiary fires light his pathway of destruction. Who is this
devastator, this modern " Scourge of God," whose deeds are not
recorded in history? The criminal ! Statistics unusually
trustworthy show that if the carnage yearly produced by him could
be brought together at one time and place it would excel the
horrors of many a well-contested field of battle. In nine great
countries of the world, including our own favored land, in one
year, 10,380 cases of homicide were recorded, and in the six years
extending from 1884 to 1889, in the United States alone, 14,770
murders came under cognizance of the law. And what has society done
to protect itself against this aggressor? True, there are criminal
codes, courts of law, and that surprising survival of the
unfittest, trial by jury; vast edifices have been built as prisons
and reformatories, and philanthropic persons have formed societies
for the instruction of the criminal and to care for him when An
address delivered April 21, 1891, before the Anthropological
Society of Washington, as its retiring President. his prison gates
are opened. But in spite of it all, the criminal becomes more
numerous. He breeds criminals; the taint is n the blood, and ...
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