They practice infanticide
, and kill the aged and physically unfit.
The ratio of increase among all the Polynesian nations is very small; and in some places as yet uncorrupted by intercourse with Europeans, the births would appear not very little to outnumber the deaths; the population in such instances remaining nearly the same for several successive generations, even upon those islands seldom or never desolated by wars, and among people with whom the crime of infanticide
is altogether unknown.
They forget, or will not remember, that human sacrifices, and the power of an idolatrous priesthood -- a system of profligacy unparalleled in any other part of the world -- infanticide
a consequence of that system -- bloody wars, where the conquerors spared neither women nor children -- that all these have been abolished; and that dishonesty, intemperance, and licentiousness have been greatly reduced by the introduction of Christianity.
Suzanne took the bag and departed, after allowing the old bachelor to kiss her, which he did with an air that seemed to say, "It is a right which costs me dear; but it is better than being harried by a lawyer in the court of assizes as the seducer of a girl accused of infanticide
Nelson does die in the instant of victory; and a man named Williams does quite accidentally murder a man named Williamson; it sounds like a sort of infanticide
occur annually in the United States.
day in the United States; however, maternal infanticides
39) There is no disputing that the majority of infanticides
are perpetrated by the parents of the victims, and that the step-parents, lovers of parents, other family, and other caretakers fill out the cast of lethal agents.
16) Many researchers have pointed out the inconsistency in the American courts in responding to infanticides
, and some have suggested statutory reform similar to those statutes adopted in other countries.
The homilist must have been sufficiently worried by the numbers of abortions or infanticides
to make it the only addition to his source.
Moreover, the discussion pursues a single thesis at the expense of the complexity of individual stories, and Poteau-Tralie's obsession is frequently only to see one side of these: 'L'Enfant' is treated as if the woman's alternative were between sexuality and maternity, stressing sympathy for the child, and omitting the social point (the unacceptability of an illegitimate child that drives the mother to abortion) and the crucial fact that she dies in the process, whereas the sympathy shown in 'Rosalie Prudent' for the infanticide
mother, which runs counter to the thesis of Maupassant's sympathy for the child, is dismissed as atypical, despite the limited number of infanticides
in Maupassant's stories.
We are offered a sympathetic account of arsonists reacting to breached norms (wrongful dismissal), infanticides
driven to desperate measures by the need to conform to norms (establishing a dowry), and poachers assuming roles prescribed by a rural, male, ecologically correct subculture.