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social inferiority or discredit. The annual contributions of from $10 to state is represented as a mother-in- $50, and active memberships, which law, who is on the whole popular are $5 a year. with thrifty young farmers, one of whom was heard to say that he
The National Prison Association "reckoned the state brought up girls a sight better than most folks do."
recently in session at Cleveland, adopted a resolution declaring the
sentiment of the association to be in Mr. Trott of the Children's Aid
favor of the indeterminate sentence. Society has personally placed 5,000
* * children in homes during the thirty
The Charities Record, of Baltimore, eight years in which he has been connected with that organization.
urges that the greatest of the char
itable needs of the city “is adequate Mr. Henry Rosenblatt, who died provision for destitute consumptives,
both by the further endowment of October 15, at his home, No. 237
an established hospital, and by proEast Seventy-second street, was es- viding a sanatorium in the mountains pecially active in charitable work, for cases in the earlier stages of the being one of the founders of Mount disease." Sinai Hospital. Mr. Rosenblatt
* * was also a director of the Baroness
During the four months, June 1 de Hirsch fund, and was interested
to October 1, 1900, the agency for in the Montefiore Home, the Hebrew Orphan Asylum and the
providing situations for mothers with United Hebrew Charities.
infants a branch of the State Chari
ties Aid Association --placed 162 The last few days have witnessed
mothers with their children in country a revival in the work of the Hebrew
situations, as compared with 129
during the corresponding months of Gemilath Chassodim Association, at
1899, a gain of thirty-six.
The No. 215 East Broadway. This char- number of mothers with their children ity is based on similar institutions in in situations, under the oversight of Russia and Germany, and its pur
the agency on September 30, 1900, pose is to lend money to the worthy
was 535, as compared withi 462 on poor without interest, to enable September 30, 1899, an increase of them to tide over an emergency or
seventy-one. to start a small business. The society has loaned during the year 1900 The West Side District of the to 5,757 persons sums aggregating Chicago Bureau of Charities has just $116,520, and since 1892, when the work was begun, to 20,987 persons published its annual report, – a sums amounting to $346,520. Not thirty-two page pamphlet of “Short more than $100 is loaned to one per- Stories of Social Service." Formal son at a time. Up to $25 the appli- explanations and cold statistics are cant must have one reputable en- avoided. A collection of stories of dorser, above that two endorsers. the actual condition of the people The funds are raised by life mem- relieved and of the good accom. berships, which are $100, paid at plished is presented, that " appreciaone time; patronships, which are tive critics, discerning between the
lines, may be able to judge whether
TENEMENT-HOUSE CONDITIONS. the bureau's endeavor is energetic, intelligent, sympathetic, resourceful
The argument in favor of fireproof and sincere.'
construction of tenements hereafter
in this city is strengthened by every Dr. Robert W. Hill, in his report recurrence of such disasters as that to the State Board of Charities,
which on October 16 destroyed a recommends the removal of Belle
Hester street fire trap, and with it vue Hospital, and the substitution
eight human beings. It was only in its place of a modern structure.
a three-story building, but had front and rear stairways and a fire escape,
in which respect it was The Bedford "Laundry of the
equipped than many of the larger Brooklyn Bureau of Charities has
and more modern buildings. Most not been self-supporting for some
of those who escaped did so by way years. In view of this fact, Miss Hoch, who has been eminently
of the rear stairway. The fire is
said to have been started by incensuccessful in making the Central
diaries under the front stairway and Laundry, of this same organization,
in the hallway on the floor above. self-supporting, has been chosen as
Halls and stairs were of wood, old superintendent of the entire laundry
and seasoned, which furnished good work of the bureau.
material for the flames and hardly
less deadly smoke. Similar condi. The wills of Samuel M. Pringle tions prevail in ninety per cent of and his sister, Mrs. M. P. Fenton, the existing tenements, old and left their entire properties, amount.
modern, and with them similar posing to $250,000, to establish a home sibilities. Non-fireproof construcfor destitute old men of letters. The
tion is tolerated because it is cheap. home, which will be built at Pough
There is no other reason for it. If keepsie, is designed to be a retreat there is anything cheaper, human life for old men of literary tastes who would seem to be that thing. There wish to spend their declining years was no money loss in the destrucsurrounded by all they could desire. tion of eight lives by last night's fire, An entrance fee of $300 will be but in the destruction of the old required.
tenement there was a money loss of
some $5,000— Commercial Advertiser. Mr. Norton P. Otis, of Yonkers, who is a candidate for Congress from
The Times of October 15 pubthe Sixteenth Congressional District, lishes a letter under the heading, takes an active interest in charities. Tenement-House Conditions, which For the past ten years he has been
may be described as the best expresvice-president of St. John's Riverside Hospital; for a long time he was
sion which has thus far appeared in president of the Charity Organization print of the ignorant and selfishly Society of the city, and is a liberal commercial point of view. The contributor to many other charities writer starts with wholly mistaken as well.
Mr. Herbert Parsons, a candidate assumption that the agitators of from the Twelfth District, is also an
tenement-house reform are people active member and worker in religi. who all their lives have lived among ous and charitable societies.
the higher and better classes, and do
not know how to make the proper cision affecting the registration of allowance for the class of people voters from public institutions. The who inhabit tenement houses. He practical effect of the decision is to then gives a somewhat gloomy view establish the rule that under the proof the inhabitants of tenement visions of the Constitution no perhouses: “ The idea of asking and ex
son can claim a voting residence pecting these people to live up to
from an institution supported in
whole or in part by public or private the ideas and methods of the more
charity. It is held, however, that educated classes is," the writer the decision applies only to pauper thinks,“ preposterous.” The mythi. and criminal charges and not to paid cal, or at least certainly not typical, employés. bath-tub which was made to do service as a coal receptacle is again At a meeting of the Brotherhood brought into the discussion. Filthy of Locomotive Firemen, held reand unsanitary the tenement houses cently at Des Moines, Iowa, steps are admitted to be, but this is not the
were taken for the establishment of fault oí the owners but of the inhabitants. Finally the writer declares
a home for aged and crippled railthat it would be almost impossible road men. The sum of $9,000 was for an owner to get any income at voted for this purpose. Other railall out of a house put up according road organizations will be asked to to the plans of these “reformers. This cool ignoring of the evidence
assist in the maintenance of a home to the contrary now available to
for railroad employees similar to every one, really excites admiration, those operated by the Masons and and places the letter beyond the
Odd Fellows. need of any serious consideration.
Mr. Jeffrey R. Brackett, president
of the Department of Charities and The will of the late Miss Eleanor
Correction of Baltimore, will give Roome, of Plainfield, N. J., be
ten lectures during the coming winter queaths $20,000 to religious and charitable institutions in New Jersey problems of public aid, charity and
at Johns Hopkins University on and New York. The Organized Aid
correction, with particular reference Association of Plainfield receives
to conditions in the United States. $1,000; the Young Men's Christian
The topics will be: “Study of Association of Plainfield, $1,000; Philanthropy,” “ Causes of Poverty, Cremorne McAuley Mission of New Pauperism and Crime," "The Aim York, $1,000; Society for Promot of Philanthropy,” “Treatment of
the Homeless, Treatment of the ing the Gospel Among the Seamen at the Port of New York, $500; and
Resident Needy,” “ Public Aid or Five Points House of Industry, “Child-saving,” “ Neighborhood Im;
Charitable Aid,” “Reformation," New York city, $1,000.
provement and Personal Contact "
and · The Church as a Factor in The Court of Appeals on October Social Progress." The first lecture 16, handed down an important de will be given November 6.
The will of the late James F. day. Many who asked for children Morgan, of Brooklyn, bequeaths were turned away because, in the fifty shares preferred stock of the opinion of the local committee, they General Chemical Company to the could not furnish suitable homes Brooklyn Orphan Asylum Society. and advantages.
The agent who places the children
visits each one in their new home In the annual report of the Home for Irish Immigrant Girls, recently immediately and again six months
later. After that the children are issued by the Rev. M. J. Henry, it
visited once a year until they are is stated that 23,000 Irish men and
fully able to care for themselves. women entered the United States
No parties are to be sent out this through this port for the year under week or next. observation. Of this number, about 12,000 were young women. This home, which is located at 7 State The new home to which the street, in the same interval of time, Emanu-El Sisterhood has been look. secured employment for 512 girls. ing forward is now assured, and the
corner-stone of a handsome building
was laid October 14. The building The Advocate and Guardian for
will be five stories in height, includOctober 15, publishes some inter- ing the roof garden that is to be a esting statistics of the industrial
prominent feature. In the basement schools maintained by the American
will be laundries, baths for men and Female Guardian Society and Home
women and disinfecting rooms. The for the Friendless. This society
first floor will contain the employaims to save from degradation friend
ment bureau, reception rooms and less or neglected children. The
rooms for the officers, class and club home at 29 East Twenty-ninth
rooms. The second will have a street has sheltered nearly 50,000 in- crèche and day nursery, kindergarten mates. Twelve industrial schools
and children's baths. have been established in the poorest
On the third floor will be the inparts of the city which register be.
dustrial classes, diet kitchen and astween 6,000 and 7,000 children
sembly room, and on the fourth the annually, with an attendance of
children's dining-room servants' about 4,000. Sewing, cooking and
room and house kitchen. The buildhousekeeping are taught; a daily
ing will be of Harvard brick. lunch is provided; and clothing is supplied to the most needy.
The sisterhood is an association of Jewish women for charitable work
and there are similar organizations The Children's Aid Society found in several other Jewish congregations homes for all of the eighteen chil- in this city. A certain district is asdren sent to Missouri last week. signed to each sisterhood. The secFifteen were placed during the first tions of the Emanu-El Sisterhood
are eight in number, comprising
THE WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 20. Friends of the Sick and Needy, Re
There were 297 calls at the joint ligious Schools, Industrial Schools, application bureau of the Charity Friends of the Working Girls, Day Organization Society and the AssoNursery and Kindergarten, Employ; ciation for Improving the Condition ment Bureau, Cooking Classes and Sisters' Sewing Circle.
of the Poor, in the week ending October 20, and twenty-nine homeless
persons were taken in charge. In a bill taking effect July 1, 1900, The registration bureau of the entitled “To Provide for the Care Charity Organization Society reand Maintenance of Indigent and corded 116 new names, and its inNeglected Children,” Massachusetts vestigating agents made 561 calls to takes another forward step. “Any obtain information concerning the child under sixteen years
age, needs of those asking for assistance. who by reason of orphanage, or of In the district offices thirty-six neglect, crime or drunkenness, or
new families were taken in charge. any other vice of his parents, is One hundred and eighty-nine tickets growing up without education or
were presented at the woodyard, of salutary control, and in circumstances
which 181 were brought by men exposing him to lead an idle and dis
with homes in the city. Each of solute life, or is dependent upon these did a prescribed amount of public charity, the court or magis- work for which he was paid fifty trate shall, after notice to the State
cents in cash. Board of Charities, commit the child,
At the laundry fourteen women whether he has or has not a settle
were given a total of sixty-seven ment, to the custody of the said days' work, and thirty-two days' board, until he arrives at the age of
work were given at the workrooms. twenty-one years or for any less
In the week ending October 20, time." The expense of maintenance
268 persons were examined at the is to be borne by the state and not physician's office for outdoor poor by the town. It is, however, pro
in the Department of Public Charivided that any child having a
ties. Of this number 144 went to settlement shall be given to the
the City Hospital, twenty-four to overseers of the poor of the place of
the Metropolitan Hospital, thirtysettlement if the overseers so desire.
two to the dispensary, eight to the An important part of the bill is Superintendent of Outdoor Poor, Section 4, which reads: “The chil- forty-six to Bellevue Hospital, and dren in the care and custody of the
nine returned home. State Board shall be placed in pri
During the same week, at the Devate families, provided that in cases
partment of Public Charities, fifty. of illness, or change of place, or
nine persons were sent to the city while awaiting trial, they may be
almshouse and thirty-six were sent placed in a suitable institution.". The Children's Home-Finder.
to the state almshouse at Flatbush,