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After considerable looking about, this the committee semed to be wise two floors were engaged over a pri- and quite in accordance with the vate stable on Park avenue, near spirit of the Charity Organization Sixty-third street. The situation
Society. Yet the plan of keeping proved, on the whole, to be a good the laundry like a small private busione. It was quiet and clean, in a high- ness did not work well in some rely respectable neighborhood, and one
spects. The absence of close coeasily accessible to the friends and operation with the other departpatrons of the laundry.
ments of the society was a mutual The committee named it the disadvantage. “Park Avenue Laundry." They The laundry on Park avenue was wished both the name and the ap- well fitted up according to the launpearance to have nothing institu- dry science of the day. A profestional about it, thinking that the sional was consulted and no expense women would work more cheerfully was spared. No machinery was in a laundry which had no sugges- needed as the work was strictly done tion of charity work about it. In by hand, but many improvements
and labor saving devices were put in
The idea of making the laundry and not less than $3,000 was ex- primarily a training school has been pended.
adhered to more or less steadily. The district agents, especially But this has been somewhat difficult those on the East Side were quick of practice, for the laundry has alto recognize the value of the insti- ways been a temptation to the distution. In the early years of its ex- trict committees when they had istence the nearby districts supplied women who badly needed employthe lion's quota of the women. But ment even if they were not promislater on an effort was made, with ing laundresses. And on the other some success, to ensure a more equal hand the laundry superintendents representation to the more distant have always been somewhat loth to districts. Of late years, and in fact let their best women go to make since the great demand for places room for the raw recruits. A facsince the hard winter of 1893-'94, tory run on the principle of always the superintendent has often had to discharging its workmen as soon as resort to portioning out the week to they became capable would be a diffidifferent groups of women.
cult one for a superintendent to manage cheerfully and prosperously. within the space at our command, Yet this is what our laundry superin- and these it was difficult to look after tendent is asked to do, except that in the small rooms into which the she also tries to place her women be
space was cut up. The committee fore discharging them. In this re
also felt that the work should be enspect the custom that has grown up larged, and more work provided for among the friends of the laundry
the many women needing it and of sending to it for temporary clean- whom the district agents were coners and washing women has been
stantly sending to the laundry. It very helpful. In this way the women
seemed as if a very much larger busiare introduced into private houses
ness might be carried on with but and often secure more or less perma
little more care on the part of the nent employment.
committee and with but little more As a business venture the laundry superintendence. But a good place was, at first, not very successful.
to which to move was hard to find. In spite of the fact that it had
The members of the laundry comquite a list of friends who yearly mittee had hunted the city over. subscribed some three or four hun
The rents were too high or the neighdred dollars to meet deficiencies, still
borhood was too poor. Finally the there occurred several crises when
Central Council offered the beautiful the committee seriously considered
upper loft in the Twenty-eight street abandoning the enterprise.
building, and after some deliberation Laterly, however, with greater
we decided to take it. Here we gain economy, and better mastery of busi
nearly all we have been looking for, ness details, the laundry has done light, space, a new model cquip. better, and the committee have felt
ment, a fine drying ground, and so satisfied that it was on a paying we get it all rent free. We have basis that they have made bold to fitted up the space in the most apstrike off the subscriptions.
proved fashion and under the eye For a long time the committee
of an experienced architect. All have felt that the laundry should be the newest appliances for a model moved. The rooms on Park avenue
laundry have been put in. And the grew dingy and the "plant" became
whole has been made clean and out of repair. The two floors were bright as a new pin. too small and were badly arranged Expense has not been spared and for carrying on a large business.
most of the little savings laid by as Not more than two hundred dollars'
a sort of sinking fund have been put worth of work in a week could be
into our new plant. done, and this high-water line was The last objection is partly negaoften reached. Not more that twen- tived by the fact that we are on a ty-five women could be employed car line, and the East Side women
can be transferred across. But the PROGRAM OF THE STATE CONFERENCE OF distance from our former customers
CHARITIES AND CORRECTION. we regret. We can only hope that the To be held at Albany, N. Y., Novem
ber 20 to 22, 1900. friends of the Charity Organization
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1900-OPENING Society will make this good. We
SESSION. are now in position to do a large 8 P. M.-Addresses are expected from Hon.
Bird S. Coler, Comptroller of the city of New work and to do it well. Friends of
York, and Mr. John M. Glenn, President of the society can have their clothes the National Conference of Charities and
Correction. done here, in a large, airy room, in Address by Hon. William P. Letchworth,
President of the New York State Conference new porcelain tubs, and dried in the
of Charities and Correction. air, and that blowing fresh off the
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1900-MORNING Hudson River. If we can but ob
9 to 9.30 A. M.-General business of the tain the support of the charitable
conference, including registration of delepublic, we can now begin to offer gates.
9.30 A. M.-Report of the Committee on somewhat adequate opportunities to the Institutional Care of Destitute Adults. the struggling women who are be 9.50 A. M.-Paper, “Necessity of Classi
fication in the Care of Destitute Adults." coming known to us in increasing 10.10 A. M.-Discussion opened by Rev. number through the ever-growing
N. O. Halsted, Superintendent of St. Jobn
land, King's Park. work of the Charity Organization 10.20 A. M.-Discussion. (Speakers limited Society.
to five minutes each.)
10.40 A, M. - Paper, “A Model lostitution,”
by Daniel Delehanty, Governor Sailors' Snug The Cornell Medical College, Harbor, West New Brighton. which is nearly completed, has cost,
11.00 A. M - Discussion opened by Dr.
Jesse T. Duryea, Medical Superintendent of including the site, more than $600,- King's County Hospital, Brooklyn.
11.10 A: M. - Discussion. (Speakers limited 000.
to five minutes each.)
11.30 A, M. – Miscellaneous business. The National Prison Association
3.00 P. M. General business of the conferwill hold its annual meeting in Cleve ence.
3.30 P. M.—Report of the Committee on the land, September 22-26. Between
Care and Relief of Needy Families in Their 200 and 300 delegates are expected
3.50 P. M.-Paper. to attend this convention which 4.10 P. M.-Discussion opened by selected
speaker. will discuss prison methods and re 4.20 P. M.-Discussion. (Speakers limited form.
to five minutes each.)
4.40 P. M. Paper, " The Breaking Up of
Families," by Edward T. Devine, General For the year ending September Secretary of the New York Charity Organi
zation Society. 30, 1899, Dr. Charles W. Pilgrim, 5.00 P. M.--Discussion opened by selected superintendent of the Hudson River speaker.
5.20 P. M.-Discussion.
(Speakers limited State Hospital for the Insane,
to five minutes each.)
5.40 P. M. – Miscellaneous business. Poughkeepsie, N. Y., reports that there were 522 admissions, of which 8.00 P. M.-General business of the confer. 504 were original commitments and
8.30 P. M.-Report of the Committee on the 18 were transfers from other insti
Care of Defective, Dependent, Delinquent tutions.
and Neglected Children.
8.50 P. M.-Paper, “What Brought About
the New York System of Caring for Depend- Improved," by Hon. Cornelius V. Collins, ent Children? Do These Reasons for the Superintendent of Prisons, Troy. System Still Exist?" by Homer Folks, Secre- 5.00 P. M.-Discussion opened by Hon. tary of the State Charities Aid Association, George McLaughlin, Secretary of the State New York.
Commission of Prisons, Monticello. 9.10 P. M.-Discussion opened by Professor 5.20 P. M.--Discussion. (Speakers limited Franklin H. Briggs, Superintendent of the to five minutes each.) State Industrial School, Rochester.
5.40 P. M.-Miscellaneous business. 9.20 P. M.-Discussion. (Speakers limited Adjournment. to five minutes each.)
9.40 P. M.-Paper, “What Causes are Mr. Leonard E. Opdycke has reLeading to the Commitment and Surrender
signed as a member and as secretary of Children as a Charge upon the Public by Parents or Others ? Can Any of These
of the board of managers of the Causes Be Removed, and if so, How?" by Association for Improving the ConDr. William 0. Stillman, President of the dition of the Poor, on account of Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society, Albany.
the expectation of prolonged ab10.00 P. M.—Discussion opened by Hon. sence abroad. Mr. Opdycke also John W. Keller, President of the Depart- resigns his position as trustee of ment of Public Charities, New York.
the United Charities Building. 10.10 P. M.-Discussion. (Speakers limited to five minutes each.) 10.30 P. M.-Miscellaneous business.
Classified Advertisements. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1900-MORNING Advertisements under this head, two lines or more SESSION
without display, 5 cents a line. 9 to 9.30 A. M.-General business of the
HE CHARITY ORGANIZATION SOCIETY conference.
asks for further contributions to pay the rent of 9.30 A. M.-Report of the Committee on an old German couple, who have lived in the same the Mentally Defective.
house for twenty-five years. The man had one leg
amputated nearly ten years ago, and the woman, now 9.50 A. M. - Paper, “The Duty of the State
seventy-two years old, has been the bread winner Towards its Idiotic and Feeble-Minded,” by until her strength gave out, and she can now only earn Dr. John F. Fitzgerald, Superintendent of
the food needed. There are no children or relatives.
The following contributions for this purpose are the Rome State Custodial Asylum, Rome. gratefully acknowledged: "Anonymous" and Mrs.
10 10 A. M. - Discussion opened by selected James Timpson, $to each: "A. L. L." and "H. S.". speaker.
$5 each; "S. S. K.", $2; "M. D. F.", $1. 10,20 A. M.-Discussion. (Speakers limited HE SUCCESSFUL SUPERINTENDENT FOR to five minutes each.)
five years of a well-known institution, wishes 10.40 A. M.-Paper, “How Shall We Edu
a change from her present position to one yieldcate the Permanent Wards of the State to
ing a larger salary. She is a widow, 40 years old,
practical, educated, well-bred; conservative, yet proMake Their Education Useful to Them and gressive; a trained nurse, thorough housekeeper, careto the State ?" by Dr. L. P. Clark, First
ful manager, fine executive; and has had wide oppor. Assistant Physician, Craig Colony for Epi
tunity for observing the administration of hospitals
and institutions in this country and abroad. Locality, leptics, Sonyea.
not a consideration. Address R. E. G., care CHARITIES. 11.00 A. M.—Discussion opened by selected speaker.
ANTED-A position as matron or managing 11.10 A. M.--Discussion. (Speakers limited
experience in large suburban institutions. to five minutes each.)
Best of references. Address N. E. M., care CHARI11.30 A. M.-Miscellaneous business. AFTERNOON SESSION.
New York Medical College 3.00 P. M.-General business of the confer. ence.
and Hospital for Women, 3.30 P. M.- Report of the Committee on
19 WEST 1O1st STREET, the Treatment of the Criminal. 3.50 P. M.-Paper, “ Houses of Refuge for
Between Central Park West and Manhattan Avenue, Women ; Their Management, Purposes and
(1.)-- The only college in the State exclusively for Possibilities," by Mrs. C. R. Lowell, Member
the education of women in medicine. Dr. M. BELLE of the Board of Managers New York State BROWN, Dean. Reformatory for Women, New York.
(2.)- A hospital (medical and surgical) for women
and children. Patients charged according to ability 4.10 P. M.--Discussion opened by Professor
to pay, or free if necessary; supported by board of Herbert E. Mills, President of the Board of patients
and voluntary coniributions. Managers of the House of Refuge for (3.)- Dispensary for women and children; open from Women,
9 a. m. to 5 p. m. Women physicians' only in
attendance. 4.20 P. M. - Discussion. (Speakers limited (4.)-Obstetrical out department ; staff of 20 women to five minutes each.)
physicians attend the needy poor women in their own 4.40 P. M.-Paper, “ The Prison System of
homes during confinement. Cards for free attendance
may be obtained from the resident physician. the State of New York. How it Can Be
Mary Knox Robinson, President.