To the Militia and Captain Heinrichs
Addressing the matter of Mr. Canergak’s actions in the event of the roof fire at the asylum on September 8, 188x. We understand fully the concern of the Militia and Fire Brigade for the lives within the asylum and wish to assure both that every precautionary measure possible has been taken to protect our patients against such attacks. Mr. Canergak was fully aware of the capabilities of the asylum’s structure to withstand external fire, the roof and outside walls being lined with brick and iron plating and acted to lock down the third floor to prevent not just the potential escape of patients dangerous to themselves and to the population at large, but also to prevent the attacker from achieving his goal of forcing us to move our patients in order to bring his compatriot, our charge known as Kuga, out into the open where he would have been able to reacquire him. Thanks to Mr. Canergak’s actions, our patients are still safely under lock and key with minimal injuries, the few there are being self inflicted from panic and already on the way to mending, and Kuga as well is still safely within care and at the Militia’s access as needed. It is regrettable to say, that had our patients actually been in danger of burning, as their physician, I still would have supported Mr. Canergak’s actions. Those on the third floor are deemed beyond any measure of help and are held for observation and study to further our understanding of mental illness so that we might better help others before they reach such extremes. As such, they are not only unfit for society, but a great danger to others, rendering the choices Mr. Canergak made for the better of New Babbage as a whole. The very sad truth is that these souls would be better to burn in their cells than to be unleashed on Babbage in such an event. I hope that this will help the Militia and Fire Brigade both understand the full reason for such safety measures as we have taken to secure this facility as well as how much the cooperation of both are greatly valued in such events as this night’s.
Prof. Rance Ichabod Vartanian