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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.

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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,

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