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LUNATIC, persons. One who has had an understanding, but who, by disease, grief, or other accident, has lost the use of his reason. A lunatic is properly one who has had lucid intervals, sometimes enjoying his senses, and sometimes not. 4 Co. 123; 1 Bl. Com. 304; Bac. Abr. Idiots, &c., A; 1 Russ. on Crimes, 8; Shelf. on Lun. 4; Merlin, mot Demence; Fonb. Eq. Index, h.t.; 15 Vin. Ab. 131; 8 Com. Dig. 721; 1 Supp. to Ves. jr. 94, 130, 369, 404; 2 Supp. to Ves. jr. 51, 106, 151, 360; 1 Vern. 9, 137, 262; Louis. Code, tit. 9, c. 1; and articles Lucid Interval; Lunacy.

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McPhee's photograph was later taken, perhaps in 1900 when he was transferred to Inverness District Lunatic Asylum.
The technology used then has been long surpassed by the advancements in transport science and there is all the good reasons why it is urgent for us to invest in the standard gauge railway and not a lunatic line.
These problems have led to a drop in the enrolment in the school as parents who are scared of the activities of the lunatic and criminals have withdrawn their wards.
My mother never availed herself of one of those popular twintubs, nor did she use Uncle Charlie's Lunatic Asylum as an option for special things, but I can still see the beaming smile on her face in 1963 when she purchased her very first automatic washing machine which incorporated a full wash, rinse and spin cycle.
Joseph said that the suspected madman had been terrorising the members of the community for a long time but said the residents did not take any precaution against the aggressiveness of the suspected lunatic.
She further chided, 'Oh yeah, because he married an f--g lunatic, that's why.'
"I'm pretty sure is a lunatic. I'm pretty sure he is an absolute raving lunatic and the people across Australia are unhappy."
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It is a verbatim retelling of the life stories of those involved with or admitted to the old Athens Lunatic Asylum as received during channeling.
The Lunatic Express takes us into the heart of the world, to some of its most teeming cities and remotest locations: from Havana to Bogota on the perilous Cuban Airway; Lima to the Amazon on crowded night buses where the road is a washed-out track; across Indonesia and Bangladesh by overcrowded ferries that kill 1,000 passengers a year; onto commuter trains in Mumbai so crowded that dozens perish daily; across Afghanistan as the Taliban closes in, and, scariest of all, Los Angeles to Washington, DC, by Greyhound.
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