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The Official Organ of the Charity Organization Society of the City of New York.

Vol. V.

JUNE 23, 1900.

No. 4.

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First class, in which you pay high

rent for location and appearance of Experience of Life in a Second-Class Tene

house and hallways. Generally the ment... Discussion of Outdoor Relief at the Super

rooms are small, but you have bath intendents' Convention.

room, range, and improvements.

Second class, in which you pay Organization of the State Conference 6 RESPONSES THE CIRCULAR OF

reasonable rent and get good sized TENEMENT-HOUSE COMMISSION.

rooms, but no improvements and THE SUMMER SCHOOL.

poor location. It is this class I have PREVENTIVE CHARITY....

seen the most of, because I have The Surrey (English) Mirror on the Im

lived in them, and, of course, they portance of Good Housing....

are the homes of the respectable

(or supposed to be) working class; My Experience of Life in a Second-Class

although the classes of people get lenement-Flat House.

all mixed together according to cir

cumstances. If you put on your [The writer of the following article thinking cap, you need not lack is the wife of a stationary engineer work for the brain, and if you occupying a position which enables are observing you need not lack

amusement. them now to live in better quarters

But you must have no

nerves, or you live a life of excitethan the average tenement provides.

ment and nervousness. Before I was Before marriage she was a nurse and married I had never lived in a tenegoverness, and it is obvious that she

ment flat.

My first experience is a competent observer. During the I felt like a prisoner. I knew I was

free, but I felt as if some power was time of which she writes her husband

keeping me there against my will. was a fireman with irregular work,

After I got used to the life, I began and they lived in a tenement, paying to look around and study things up, $11 per month for three rooms. It and to wonder why I should feel must not be inferred that the writer like that. I began to study my means to condemn the majority of neighbors, and I found if you want

to live in peace, you must keep to tenement-house dwellers as drunk

yourself. I saw some gossiping and ards and brawlers, but she evidently drinking together to-day, and todesires to show how easily the quiet, morrow fighting; and not content respectable tenants are affected and with fighting among themselves, disturbed by unpleasant neighbors. they draw their husbands into it. The article is published as written, Then there are some who want to

when they come home from work. without editing.–Editor's Note.] borrow all the time from everyone.

Why I say second is there are Then you see men and women, too, three classes, first, second, and third. going for drink as early as 5 o'clock

A. M. The women will neglect their and a voice said in scared whisper, homes, children, husbands, and every "the house is on fire." I ran into the thing for drink; they never seem room, and slipping on my best shoes sober.

I snatched up my clothes that I had That is where the danger of fire laid on the bed ready to go out comes, with such people; for they after din:er. I took a towel and are not responsible for their actions, wound it round my head and face, or able to control their children. I telling my husband to do the same have seen children playing, running to quickly

quickly. I groped my way down and fro with blazing paper. One night stairs and out into the street just as we were preparing for rest when the flames were bursting through there was a smell of fire.

I opened under the stairs. I ran up the the room door and saw the hall. street a few houses to where the ways full of smoke and all the people agent's office was, and left my out on the stairs. Two or three of things, thinking my husband was us ran down to the janitor, and we following me with his things, but no. saw black smoke coming from the Then I ran back to find him; he was front rooms on the ground floor. looking for me, and had nothing. We knocked and knocked till at last He said I was so quick that he did an old woman opened the door. She not know what was happening, and was just rags and dirt, and too when he saw the flames he came drunk to speak. The wash tubs down to see if I was out safe; then were full of clothes, colored and he wanted to go back, but the firewhite, all mixed together; she said men would not let him, for the she was washing. There was no fire, house was cleared of

every one. but a small lamp stood on the stove The smoke was dense. burning; coal was scattered all over Well, after it was all over we went the floor; the place was upside back. We lived on the third floor, down, and whisky bottles were all and the fire had just begun to come over the window-sill. The place had through under the wash tubs and in such a close smell, no bed made, and the bedroom. All the lower stairs it past 10 P. M. The place was a pic and ground floor, and first floor back ture of filth and dirt, and yet the was destroyed. It appears that two furniture and other things were weeks before they had let the back good. She said there was nothing basement to a man and his wife with burning there, and we could not find two children; they had very little where the smoke came from, al. furniture, and four days before the though the room kept filling with fire they had the furniture insured, black smoke. We searched the cellar and on Sunday had filled the ash but no smoke was there. So we had cans full of rags and set fire to it. to retire at that. Lovely sensation The fire marshal had the man arto go to rest with not knowing what rested.

Had it been night no one hour you may be awakened by fire! would have escaped. That is one

Another time it was Sunday noon reason why landlords should have time; we had just set down to tenements fireproof. dinner when I saw smoke up the Another delightful thing is the air shaft. I thought at first it was smell of cooking; you get sniffs fog, then it grew blacker, and I ran of all kinds, sometimes not very into the hallway, and looking over fresh, so that by the time you are the banister I saw the smoke thick ready for your own dinner you have and I heard voices; so I called out, no appetite. “what is the matter down there?" Nice quiet life in a tenement! On

six years.

one floor you will find two families had to move. Then another family living next door to each other, very came, with two children, a boy of neighborly for a time, going from about eight years, and a girl of about room to room; then they drink

Both father and mother together day after day, night after drank; he beat his wise, and she night, until husbands and wives get beat the children; they were bruised all mixed up; then they all fight, and cut all over. I heard the boy tearing and biting each other like screaming, Oh, mamma, please don't animals, and getting knives to each

hit me.

With that, it sounded as if other. Of course at a time like that she had taken the poker or someall the men, women, and children thing from the stove. She must that are in the house are out on the have hit him, for he screamed more, stairs and in the hallways.

and said, Oh, mamma, mamma, my Over us lived a man and wife with head is bleeding. I was going to two children; they were so ragged and report them to the Gerry society. filthy I was glad when they moved. Then you can watch your neighThen came a young couple; really bors in other houses, and put two they looked boy and girl-he looked and two together and tell what is about twenty-one and she about eigh- happening. I saw husband and wife teen; they were supposed to be mar so comfortable and happy together ried three months only. Another every morning and evening. One young man used to visit them. For morning I saw the man go out early, two days and nights they danced, and about ten o'clock I heard crying they shouted. I can not call it sing- and moaning. I listened and thought, ing, because they were too drunk to that is not a child; that is a woman sing. Well, it was like bedlam let in distress. I looked and saw peoloose. We could not sleep, for they ple in the room. I thought, somekept it up early and late. We did thing has happened. So later on in not like to say anything, or make a the day I heard he was killed by the complaint, for we thought they were train. After the

funeral she having their honeymoon.

moved away. Some one moving in summer time, and every window was and out nearly every day. open, so everything could be heard. The back of the house, in the He would become quarrelsome, and next street, was empty except two they would both swear like troopers. floors. On one floor were two old They were not so innocent as they ladies, so prim and severe looking looked. They kept it up two or they reminded me of New England three times a week for three months. women. On the other floor was man The people began to shout at them and wife. I think the man was a from different houses, to keep quiet musician that played at parties and let people sleep. The answer or in the street; for twice a week they got was: I am an American two men would come and praccitizen. At last people complained tise with him. One played bass to the agent. Then they began to fiddle, and the other a harp, while throw furniture about and hammer he played the violin. After they on the doors. So the agent asked had practised a time they would me if they were as bad as people play dance music, and all the girls said, for he said I must have the and boys in the flats would go in worst of it, as I lived under them. I the yards and dance. How the peoshowed him the ceiling, all broken ple did enjoy that music! Every and cracked all over, so that I ex one would be at their windows lispected it to come down. So they tening. Sometimes they would play

It was

old song tunes, so soft, and so beau are uncles and aunts, and perhaps tiful. Then the people would clap boarders, making double the numtheir hands; it was inspiring in a ber. Sometimes one family will neighborhood like that. I was sorry rent the rooms, and two families when they left.

move in. At last the top floor was let to a

There is much the landlords can family with two children. One little do for the good of their tenants. tot about three years old would For instance, it is the landlord's climb up and hang through the duty, or agent's, to see that the window; I expected him to fall every janitor keeps the place clean. It is day. When the next floor was let dreadful to see the condition of the to a young couple, with a baby a air-shafts; they are cleaned when it few weeks old, they were friends of suits the janitors; they are the the people over them; so they all receptacle for everything thrown had a jollification together in the from the windows of two houses; a upper rooms, drinking, music, and child naturally throws things through dancing about till late. The next the windows, but grown people night the young man was putting should know better; they are as bad down the carpet and beside him was as the children. Bones, skins of the beer can; they were drinking fruit, old tin cans, dirty paper, and beer all evening. About a week all kinds of things were thrown out. after they gave, what I suppose they It ought to be the duty of the Board call, a house warming, and there of Health to see that the landlords were lively times till early morning. attend to these things. I do not About a week after that, on Thurs- think the Board of Health inspectors day night, I heard the baby crying should say when they are going day and night. I thought, that baby around; they should take the people is sick; the third night I did not by surprise and they would see hear it, so I thought it was better.

many things. On Sunday my husband said to me, Then, again, spitting on stairs and they are having another party over in hallways should be strictly forthe way; they have company and bidden, and not only forbidden, but they are all dressed up. I looked made punishable by law. There and saw white flowers on the fire should be a light kept in the dark escape. I said, “why it is a funeral lower hallway at all times, for the party; the baby is dead." So they hall and stairs are so narrow, a person moved away. (Another picture in

(Another picture in coming down and a person going up the panorama of life!)

are likely to collide, especially if they It is a mystery to me whether are carrying anything. Anything drink causes poverty or poverty that is detrimental to the health of causes drink among the working others should not be allowed. If classes. Of course, there are many people would only think of the things the landlord can not help. If golden rule, to do to others as they he turns out bad tenants, he is likely wish to be done by, and think that to get worse, or as bad. If he wishes the world was not made for them to keep his house quiet and respect alone. For those that are compelled able, he must get references with his to live in tenements, how they could tenants. The landlords can not help each other to live better and always help the overcrowding, for happier lives. Some one may be when a person goes after rooms, they sick or dying, and they are disturbed. are asked how many in family; oh, Those that are trying to better the three; but when they move in there conditions of the poor have much to

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