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On the second floor on either side is a large dormitory, the same size and shape as the day room beneath, and in addition four small single rooms, dining room, sewing room, bath with both tub and the modern spray, apartments for resident physician, and toilet room.
On the third or attic floor is the apparatus for ventilating the building by the suction draft method, which can be reinforced if necessary by forced draft from the cellar.
In structure the building is of red brick with white trimmings. It has brick partition walls and salamander floors beneath the top floor of maple. The finish other than the floors is of oak and ash. The cost exclusive of finishing is about fifty thousand dollars, and the building is without doubt in accord with the most modern ideas of adaptability for the treatment of the acute insane.
It is a matter of just pride and gratification to the members of the homeopathic branch of the profession that the whole conduct of the institution and the beneficent results of its treatment have been such as to inspire general confidence, and thus enabled this much-needed addition to be cheerfully made by the Commonwealth.
EDITORIAL NOTES AND COMMENTS.
Dr. H. M. Hunter, of Lowell, a Senior in the State Society, died in Lowell, Mass., on January 11, 1899. We append the following from the Lowell Mail of January 11:
Horatio M. Hunter was born September 29, 1830, in Lyndon, Vt., the son of James and Lucy Hunter. He first read medicine at Lyndon in the office of C. B. Darling, M.D., who was the pioneer homeopath of northern Vermont. After receiving an academic education Dr. Hunter went to Dartmouth Medical College, and afterwards to the Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia, from which he was graduated in the class of 1857. After leaving college he first practised medicine at Concord, Vt., from which place he later went to St. Johnsbury, Vt. He left the latter place in 1870 and came to Lowell, where he has since been in practice.
Few, if any, physicians now here were then in practice in this city.
In all these years Dr. Hunter was never known to shirk a duty, be it ever so difficult or trying. He had the respect of all who knew him ; enemies he had none, for his sunny, peaceful nature would not permit him to make them. He had always been a hard worker, fond of his books and well acquainted with their contents; always keeping well abreast of the times, he gave to his patients the best there was in him.
Dr. Hunter was married in 1860 to Miss Susan M. Chase, of Concord, Vt. She, with one daughter, Mrs. G. Forrest Martin, and three brothers and one sister residing in Vermont, survive him.
Dr. Hunter was a member of the Lowell Hahnemann Club, and was its first president. He was also an active member of the staff of the Lowell General Hospital, and had served upon its advisory board ever since the hospital has been opened. He was a Senior in the Massachusetts Homeopathic State Society and one of the founders of the Massachusetts Surgical and Gynecological Society. He had also been a member of the American Institute of Homeopathy for many years.
During his residence in Lowell he was a constant attendant at the First Universalist Church.
A special meeting of the Lowell Hahnemann Club was held Thursday afternoon in the office of Dr. E. H. Packer, to take action on the death of Dr. Horatio M. Hunter. The following resolutions were presented and adopted :
Whereas, An all wise Providence, he who does all things well, has decreed that our friend and colleague, Dr. Horatio M. Hunter, shall be taken away, therefore we, the members of the Lowell Hahnemann Club, have met in special cession to give expression to our feelings of sorrow at this sad occurrence. In the death of Dr. Hunter our society has a vacancy created which no one man can ever fill, for there were in him a diversity of manly and noble traits combined with the greatest of skill, the utmost devotion to his work, and the broadest views of his duty, which made him indeed the true physician. He went about doing good.
“ Where others would have held back because of the sufferings and infirmities which he fought in later years, he never withheld his services, but went about his work day after day, when he was more in need of a physician than many of those to whom he administered.
“He knew no rich, no poor. He never complained of his cares, but cheerfully endeavored to lighten the burden of others. His one
aim was duty, and he always performed it. He was one of nature's truest noblemen, God's noblest work. The community at large, and especially that large portion which has always looked to him for counsel and advice, has met with an irreparable loss. Dr. Hunter cannot come back to us, but his memory will always be an incentive to us to do our duty. To his stricken family we extend our deepest, sincerest sympathy."
On motion, it was ordered that the resolution be spread upon the records of the society and a copy sent to the family. It was also voted that the club attend the funeral in a body and that reports of the meeting be furnished the Lowell papers, the New ENGLAND MEDICAL GAZETTE, and the Philadelphia Hahnemannian.
G. L. VAN DEURSEN, M.D.,
It is our painful privilege to chronicle with this issue the deaths of two more of our older and best known physicians, Dr. Hunter, of Lowell, and Dr. Henry Houghton, of Boston. By rather a remarkable coincidence they were born in the same town, Lyndon, Vt., and died within a few days of each other. They were both widely known and beloved, were both very successful practitioners, and were both filled with that divine spirit which placed professional honor and duty ever in front. They were both men of the older type, daily becoming less in number. Have we those who in character and devotion to duty can hope to fill their places? Who can say ? God grant that we may ever keep the memory of such noble lives before us “lest we forget, lest we forget.
BOSTON HOMEOPATHIC MEDICAL SOCIETY. The Annual Meeting of the society was held at the Boston University School of Medicine, Thursday evening, January 5, 1899, at 7.45 o'clock, President John L. Coffin in the chair.
The records of the last meeting were read and approved.
The following names were proposed for membership: Thomas R. Griffith, M.D., Cambridge, Lillian B. Neale, M.D.,
Boston, Lena Hess Diemar, M.D., Cambridge, and Granville E. Hoffses, M.D., Boston.
Charles T. Howard, M.D., Wesley T. Lee, M.D., Lucille A. James, M.D., and S. Elizabeth Slagle, M.D., were elected to membership.
The reports of the Secretary, Treasurer, and Auditor for 1898 were read and accepted.
On motion of Dr. Sarah S. Windsor, it was unanimously voted that the society, through the Secretary, extend to Drs. William J. Winn and William L. Jackson, former presidents of the society (who were too ill to be present), the season's greetings and best wishes for their recovery.
On motion of Dr. Maurice W. Turner, it was voted that the Secretary be instructed to request of Dr. Bellows the privilege of publishing in the year book for 1898 his paper entitled “Treatment of Aural Neuralgia,” which was read before the society at the November meeting.
The Obituary Committee, appointed at the November meeting, reported the following resolutions on the death of Dr. O. S. Sanders :
Whereas, The hand of Providence has removed from his field of labor and from our presence Orren S. Sanders, M.D., we, the members of the Boston Homeopathic Medical Society,
Resolve, That we hold in kindly remembrance the many noble qualities, as man and physician, of our late colleague.
That we sympathize with the large number of patrons who had learned from long experience to look upon him as their worthy and beloved physician.
That especially do we sympathize with her who mourns the loss of a devoted husband.
Resolved, That these resolutions be placed on the records of the society, and that a copy be sent to the family.
S. A. SYLVESTER,
A petition signed by a sufficient number of members, asking for the establishment of a new bureau to be known as the
Section of Anatomy and Physiology, was presented. On motion of Dr. Boothby, it was voted that this new section be instituted.
Dr. Ellen Hutchinson Gay, a corresponding member, having returned to Boston, was by vote of the society placed on the list of active members.
The resignation of Alice E. Rowe, M.D., of Springfield, was read and accepted.
The following Obituary Committee was appointed by the President to draw up resolutions on the death of Dr. J. T. Harris, one of the original members of the society: Alonzo Boothby, M.D., John •P. Sutherland, M.D., and Alonzo G. Howard, M.D.
Dr. F. P. Batchelder called the attention of the society to the efforts made by the Ladies' Hahnemann Monument Society to raise funds for the completion of the Hahnemann monument, and suggested that this would be an opportune time for the society to take some action in the matter. After considerable discussion by different members, it was voted that a committee of four be appointed to solicit funds for this purpose, which would represent the contribution of the Boston Homeopathic Medical Society. The following physicians constitute the committee : A. J. Baker-Flint, Adaline B. Church, Lucy Appleton, and Sarah S. Windsor.
The President appointed Drs. Sutherland, N. R. Perkins, F. P. Batchelder, and J. M. Hinson tellers, and the society proceeded to ballot for officers for the ensuing year, which resulted as follows: President, Sarah S. Windsor, M.D. ; First Vice-President, Frederick W. Halsey, M.D.; Second Vice-President, Kate G. Mudge, M.D.; General Secretary, Frank E. Allard, M.D.; Associate Secretary, Edward E. Allen, M.D. ; Treasurer, Maurice W. Turner, M.D. ; Auditor, N. R. Perkins, M.D. Censors: John L. Coffin, M.D., Helen S. Childs, M.D., and T. M. Strong, M.D.
The society voted to suspend the rules and allow the Section of Sanitary Science and Public Health to report at an adjourned meeting to be held January 19.
Following the report of the tellers, Dr. John L. Coffin, the