He had heard it said that "conditions" in the County Jail and the Zenith City Prison were not very "scientific;" he had, with indignation at the criticism of Zenith, skimmed through a report in which the notorious pessimist Seneca Doane, the radical lawyer, asserted that to throw boys and young girls into a bull-pen crammed with men suffering from syphilis, delirium tremens, and insanity was not the perfect way of educating them.
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If untreated, syphilis can create serious health problems, such as blindness, heart disorders, and mental disorders.
If he could have infected the whole lot of them with leprosy or syphilis, how gladly he would have done so!