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because modern charity in these societies are laboring night requires so much effort and labor and day to remove. that it finds followers slowly.
If a man sets his own barn on fire In considering relief, the sharp his neighbors will not do much to distinction between the two classes relieve his poverty and help him to of poverty, voluntary and involun- rebuild. They may even arrest him tary, should never for a moment be instead, for fire is dangerous to the lost sight of. I often wish community and often spreads like a had two different words for the pestilence. Fire is not more dangerpoor, for to use the same word for ous, however, or more contagious, the voluntary and involuntary pov- than pauperism, for a willingness to erty leads to false thinking. There ask for alms runs from room to is the poverty of indolence and in- room in a tenement and from house temperance. Such poor are poor
to house in street; and kills by choice and can end their poverty character wherever it goes. Wilful, unaided if they will. The poverty deliberate poverty must be punof ignorance and inefficiency is also ished rather than assisted. to a large extent voluntary. On the Suppose, however, that a man's other hand, the poverty caused by house burns without his fault. His strikes, accident, sickness and old neighbors will toil with him to build age, even though thrift might have a new one, or will give generously made provision for it, is to a large for the same end, but the man himextent involuntary. We must in- self must work and supplement their vestigate always if we wish to give effort with the best of his own to the greatest need instead of to ability. the loudest cry,
Miss It is not to be assumed, however, Richmond says, “The object of that all houses which take fire must investigation is not to find the poor burn down. Wise towns have fire out but to find out how to help departments to quench the flame, them.”
and the wisest of all enact and also A man who has had large ex- enforce building regulations, which perience defines pauperis mas do much to prevent fires. This fire “poverty plus charity.” He should department may represent the trained have said “poverty plus alms," for skill of a charity organization society the word charity means nothing which seeks to check pauperism bemore nor less than love, and wise fore character is destroyed, and it is love never pauperizes. A wise not a fair criticism either of the fire mother knows when not to give to engine or of the society, that to her crying child as well as when to bring it to the fire costs more than give. There is no positive virtue all the water poured upon the flames. however in the not giving. The It does not cost more than the buildvirtue lies in giving, but as has been ing which is saved, or than the mansaid, in giving yourself.
hood which is restored. Water costs English book Miss Dendy, now little, but it keeps the fire from findMrs. Bosanquet, has well said that ing more fuel. Modern charity gives there are many so-called charitable little, but it keeps willing poverty societies which spend vast sums of from finding more alms. money in gathering about them If we follow this metaphor to the great crowds of indolent, worthless end, we shall find that the wisest loafers whose one hope of regenera- charity of all is represented by the tion lies in the very spur of hunger building regulations which prevent which the devoted men and women fire from spreading. Do not let
poor buildings or poor people be be proud of her fever hospitals as of
A good municipal in order to abolish pauperism by re government is apt to mean good moving the conditions which produce schools and clean streets, and to init, is wiser and more effective than crease education and decrease disany charity of relief; and the charity ease is to hit two body blows at of alms, especially of indiscriminate
poverty. alms, is now generally admitted to be dangerous, debasing, and lazy. The St. Vincent de Paul Society Wise charity is not lazy; it requires has issued a short statement of its so much effort that finds followers
work for the year past. There are slowly; it requires you to give more, not less. You must give yourself.
now sixty-five conferences in as We must, of course, have all three many parishes, with a total memalms, charity, and the substitutes for bership of 1,125 members; 7,087 charity which are now engaging so families, consisting of 45,508 permuch attention. We must have
sons, have been relieved, alms for the hungry and naked, though with the ordinary giver it is
expenditure of $49,829, and 41,278 ten to one that alms will do more visits have been made. The special harm than good. Alms are so easy, departments of the society's work and so immediate in their first effect, are the boys' clubs, the employment that even the short-sighted can see bureau, the Catholic Home Bureau, they have done something to help. and the fresh-air work. The long-sighted see that the alms are like drugs which relieve distress Classified Advertisements. temporarily but create an appetite
Advertisements under this head, two lines or more more dangerous than the pain they without display, 5 cents a line. relieve. Pauperism means
a sick will, a diseased character. Alms are
'HE CHARITY ORGANIZATION SOCIETY TH
renews its appeals for a monthly pension of $8 a form of relief to be given sparingly to pay rent for a widow with tour children, all
too young to contribute to the family support. and with caution; charity is the care industrious and does all she can, but is crippled by and skill of the nurse and physician,
personal sickness and sickness in her family,
no help from relatives for all are as poor as she. comforting and healing (and some
For $150 wherewith to provide for the pressing
needs of an aged couple. They are respectable and times severe as a surgeon's knife);
The man is too old to work at his pro
fession and his wite is paralyzed. while the modern social work is akin
For $60 to provide shelter for an old woman whom to the services of the board of health age and illness have incapacitated from work, but who
until recently supported herseli. She has no relatives and the biological laboratory. It able to help her.
Any money for these cases sent to the Charity Orattacks the germ, so to speak, of ganization Society, 105 East 22d Street, will be duly and pauperism.
The society acknowledges the following contribuIt is not so desirable to have good
tions for the widow with four children, and the aged
couple mentioned above: “Cash," $15; N. Witherell military hospitals as to abolish war. and Mrs. William C. Schermerhorn, $ro each; “High
land Falls” and “Omega," $2 each ; J. Gould's Son & Chicago has not so much reason to Co., $1.
CHARSTJES the Court, the State Board has dis
THE OFFICIAL ORGAN OF
CITY OF NEW YORK,
the Court, the State Board has discontinued inspection of 663 private charitable institutions having 57,571
inmates and over a half-million beneENTERED AS SECOND - CLASS MATTER AT THE ficiaries of various kinds. The pub. NEW YORK, N. Y., POST-OFFICE.
lication of the Directory of chariLE Issued every Saturday. Five cents a copy. Subscription price, one dollar a year, table institutions is to be suspended, in advance. Three dollars a hundred.
the Board possessing no further ADVERTISING RATES. Classified advertisements, 5 cents a line,
power to require reports from the eight words to the line, agate measure. 663 private charities receiving no Display, 5 cents a line, 14 lines to the inch. Full page, 200 agate lines, $10. Half page,
This is more than 100 agate lines, $5. Quarter page, 50 agate half of all of the charitable agenlines, $2.50. Special position, twenty-five
cies hitherto visited and inspected per cent additional. EDWARD T. DEVINE, Editor,
by the Board. Referring to these farPUBLICATION OFFICE :
reaching effects of the decision, Mr. 105 East 22d Street.
“All of the inmates or benefi
ciaries of these several hundred The Quarterly Record for June, institutions now without the 1900, published by the State Board protection which State inspection of Charities, devotes about one hun- has afforded them in the past. dred pages to an exhaustive review
There is now no regularly constiby Mr. W. R. Stewart, President of tuted department of the State the Board, on the subject of state government having authority inspection of private charitable insti- to visit
and inspect any
of tutions, societies, and associations. them, investigate
them, investigate their manageThe paper traces the history of the ment where necessary, or, through legislation of the state of New York the order of the Supreme Court, to since the establishment of the State correct abuses and enforce remedies. Board in 1867. President Stewart Must not this condition be regarded points out that the immediate effect as a public calamity ? of the decision of the Court of Ap- No important question can be peals is to destroy the system of regarded as definitely settled in our state inspection of all private charit. age and land until it has been settled able institutions not in receipt of for the best interests of the people. public money, a system which "has The hands of the clock may be set been the growth of a generation, back, but this does not stay the built stone by stone, in a series of flight of time. clearly expressed statutes, and The great question of the proper capped by the Charities Article of relation of the State to all charitable the Constitution and the State institutions, societies or associations, Charities Law."
and their inmates or beneficiaries, In obedience to the judgment of has yet to be tried in the enlight
ened forum of public opinion, to when they ought to be making prowhose judgment the Legislature, the vision for the future. Mr. Keller's courts, and all the departments of the plan is that a person of stipulated State government must bow. This age, who can prove that his distress is the tribunal of last resort. To it is due to conditions which interfered the destitute, unfortunate and delin- with his sharing in the legitimate quent of our people, needing the results of his own labor for the protection of the State, and all who general prosperity, should be enbelieve that they are entitled to and titled to a dividend from the public should receive
a matter of
treasury. right, make appeal."
Mr. Keller recommends classi
fication of inmates in the almsIn the Arena Quarterly, June, house, deploring that "there is no 1900, appears an, article by Hon. dividing line between cleanliness J. W. Keller on “Pauperism and
and uncleanliness." We believe that Municipal Charities." He advocates public sentiment would sustain the the centralization in Blackwell's and
Commissioner in changing this state Randall's Islands of all of the chari
of affairs at once. table work in the city and the doing away of the borough system. Only emergency hospitals are necessary, The report for the third quarter he thinks, outside Blackwell's and of its fiscal year of the Cooper Union Randall's Islands. The history of
Labor Bureau, under the managethe reform of the Charities Depart- ment of the New York Association ment is traced and all of these for the Improving the Condition of forward steps are declared to be the Poor, contains some suggestive “the result of successive years of features. It has registered in the study by persons interested in the three months from April i to June general subject of charities, and par- 30, 623 men, 200 less than in the ticularly by those interested in the previous quarter. Two hundred and distribution of public moneys for seventy-seven of this number had the relief of the destitute."
satisfactory references, and 224 unIn considering the evil of the lack satisfactory. Eighty-two applications of discrimination of classes in the from employers were received, and almshouse, Mr. Keller suggests a of these many were inquiries regardmodification of the old-age pension ing farm laborers and useful men on scheme. The German insurance gentlemen's country places. The plan does not seem to him satisfac- Bureau was unable to do anything tory, in that it entails the giving up with reference to these inquiries, as of wages when money may be most only seven farmers applied, and for needed; and the New Zealand old- various reasons
one of them age pension plan involves the dan- seemed eligible. Fifty of the eightyger of paralyzing the efforts of men two applications from employers
were filled, an increase of seventeen From the table given of trades and over the last quarter.
occupations of men placed it appears One of the examples of unreason
that every application for bookable demand on the part of employers applications for office boys, all of
keepers was supplied, 4 of the 7 is both pathetic and amusing. It was the applications for carpenters, 4.
of for a stableman to care for twenty the 5 applications for office clerks, horses, keep the stalls clean, learn 13 of the 22 applications for porters, from an old employé the care of and 5 of the 7 applications for useful sick horses (to save the expense of a
men-a good showing for the effi.
ciency of the Bureau in its relation veterinary), the hours being from
to the employers who sought its four in the morning until eight at help. night, with two hours for meals. As bearing upon the question of For this work, sixteen hours a
the age of applicants in relation to day, seven days in the week, he
the possibility of securing work, one
man of 65 years of age applied, and would receive $7 a week. We mor
was placed; 4 each at 59, 54, and alize somewhat nowadays to the dis 52; 14 at 45; 15 at 40; 8 at 39; 10 advantage of the work-seekers, be at 38; 12 at 35; 17 each at 31 and cause of the disproportion of men
Of those placed, 5 were 28 seeking work in fields of work that
years old, and only i man each of
any age greater than 28 was placed. are already over supplied to those who seek work in a field-for ex
Dr. G. Hudson Makuen, in his ample farming-in which the supply presidential address before the is not equal to the demand; but
Academy of Medicine, called attensuch a demand as that instanced
tion to the increase of crime, pauperconstitutes some excuse for the
ism, and mental deficiency, and said indisposition on the part of workless that the causes of this increase are men in the city to seek work in the
the non-uniform progress of civilizacountry.
tion and the attraction by the It is interesting to note in the
natural resources of the country schedule given the trades and occu
for foreigners of all conditions of pations of applicants, as compared He noted also to the evils of
depravity with the kinds of labor wanted by promiscuous almsgiving and disemployers, the occupations of men pensary service, as well as of instituplaced, and the ages of applicants as
tionalism in the care and treatment compared with the ages of those
of the defective, dependent, and deplaced. Among the applicants were
linquent classes, and advocated re
stricted immigration, more stringent 29 bookkeepers, 41 office boys, 79 marriage laws, and, -in carefully se office clerks, 19 shipping clerks, 56 lected cases,—the entire removal of drivers, 24 laborers, and 60 porters. the power of procreation, also care. There were 22 applications from
ful education, the object of which
should be not so much the acquire. employers for porters, 5 for book
ment of knowledgment as the dekeepers, 5 for office clerks, 6 for
velopment of character and brain elevator men, 7 for useful