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Of the ordinary expenditures, 38.3 per cent. was for salaries, wages and labor; 24.1 per cent. for provisions; 3 per cent. for household stores; 3.3 per cent. for clothing; 13.1 per cent. for fuel and light; 3 per cent for hospital and medical supplies; 7.3 per cent. for shop, farm and garden supplies; .5 of 1 per cent. for ordinary repairs; 3.5 per cent. for expenses of managers, and 3.9 per cent. for all other ordinary expenses.
Chapters 644 and 645, Laws of 1901 (appropriation and supply bills), appropriated for maintenance, furnishing and repairs, $26,800. (Maintenance, $24,100; furnishing, $2,000; repairs, $700).
Chapter 307, Laws of 1901, appropriated for the further enlarge. ment and equipment of this Home: For dining-room building and corridor to cottage C, $19,600; for flooring and steel beams for coal shed, $505; for engine room floor, $135; for brick conduit for steam pipes, $4,500; for placing pipes in conduit, $700; for sheds, piggery, corn-crib and hen-house, $1,878; for developing water supply, $10,000; for wire fencing and gates, $300; for work horses (team of), $200; for furnishing, $2,000; for seeding and grading, $2,000; on account of cottage A, $220.18; for administration building (complete), $7,500; total, $19,538.18.
All the work for which appropriations were made by chapter 307, Laws of 1901, except placing pipes in conduit, for which $700 was appropriated, and for seeding and grading grounds and grading road to boiler house, $2,000, is either under way or under
Since the last annual report, progress has been made in the building operations connected with this Home. The new dormitory has been completed and is partly occupied. A new administration building is rapidly approaching completion, and a large dining room intended to accommodate all the members of the Home will soon be ready for occupancy.
The conduits for steam pipes are under way, and when the pipes are covered with asbestos this portion of the equipment will be practically completed.
The laundry building is too small for the work which has to be done. The machinery is crowded into the limited space until it is dangerous for the attendants to walk about. It is necessary to enlarge the building so as to provide room for the additional machinery required. Preparation was made for this enlargement when the laundry building was constructed, and an addition 25 feet square can be added at small expense. This should be done at once.
As this institution depends upon its own power for heating and lighting, it is essential that it be thoroughly equipped. The engine and dynamo which furnish electric light for the Home represent only one-half of the equipment intended. It may break down at any moment, in which case the Home would be left without light. An additional engine and dynamo, a duplicate of the present plant, should be added to the equipment immediately.
This institution has no resident physician. It is connected with Oxford by telephone, and the physician can be called at any moment day or night. It is desirable, however, that the hospital be under the supervision of a trained attendant. It has been found difficult to secure a competent trained nurse, but in time one will be found. Meanwhile it is fortunate that there is very little sickness in the Home.
This Home is fortunate also in the matter of its discipline. There is seldom an occasion to punish members for violation of the rules. Intoxication is rare, and there is no trouble expe. rienced from the liquor habit.
The enlargement of the Home will enable it to receive appli. cants who now are necessarily denied admission, but another cottage is necessary to complete the plan of the Home. This will provide four connected cottages for the use of the Home, and will probably be sufficient to meet all its requirements for some years to come. A hospital will be needed, for although up to the present time the health of the inmates has been remarkably good, it is to be expected that with advancing age these men and women will require hospital treatment. At the present time the sick are cared for in their own rooms and in small wards in the several buildings. This distributes the sick over the entire group of buildings, and adds to the difficulty of waiting upon them. A properly equipped hospital building separated from the dormitories will be an advantage.
The completion of the dining-room building will provide comfortable sleeping rooms above it for the female help, and it is a source of satisfaction that consideration has been given to the need of recreation rooms for these attendants. • A residence is required for the farmer, for whom no provision of this kind has been made.
In the equipment of the buildings the lavatories have proven to some degree unsatisfactory. A small appropriation will remedy the defects and make them as intended.
A number of radiators are required to warm the corridors connecting the buildings. These with their fittings, when connected with the steam supply, will make the entire group of buildings comfortable for all the inmates. As the corridors furnish sitting rooms and are the favorite place of the aged members of the Home, it is essential that they have sufficient warmth.
The cold-storage rooms are not entirely satisfactory. Some defects have shown themselves, and it is desirable that the icehouse connected with the cold-storage be made capable of better service. A small sum expended upon this work will remedy the
defects and promote economy.
In the same interest the steam pipes in the basement should be protected. Their exposure wastes the heat and makes the basements unsuitable for storage of any kind. All these pipes can be covered with asbestos for a moderate sum, and the cost of the improvement will be repaid by the saving in the coal now consumed for wasted heat.
The Board recommends the following appropriations, or so much thereof as may be necessary, to this institution:
For the erection of cottage D and corridor, $30,000; for erection of a residence for the farmer, $1,500; to pay W. P. Buckley for foundation stone furnished for laundry building, $40; for flagging and grading, $500; for engine and dynamo, $1,750; for steam radiators and making all connections in corridors, $100; for farming utensils and necessary supplies, $550; for erecting veranda, $50; for extension of laundry building, $1,000; for changes in lavatories, $150; repairs to ice house and cold-storage rooms, $300; for hood for kitchen range, $50; for covering steam pipes, $1,400; for boiler and connections, $3,500; for piping and pipe covering in conduit from power-house to buildings, $1,000; for improving the efficiency of steam plant, $250; for wagon, horse and sleigh belonging to the late Treasurer, Major Treadwell, and used by the Home, $325; making the special appropriations approved of, $45,465; maintenance appropriation, $25,000; making the total appropriation, $70,465.
THOMAS ASYLUM FOR ORPHAN AND DESTITUTE INDIAN
CHILDREN, IROQUOIS, ERIE COUNTY.
[Established 1878.] The Asylum has capacity for 128 inmates. The number of
inmates present October 1, 1900, was 126. During the year 29 were received and 13 discharged and transferred to other schools, leaving a population of 142, October 1, 1901, of whom 60 were boys and 82 girls. The average number during the year was 129, and the average weekly cost of support, including the value of home and farm products consumed, $3.98; excluding the value of home and farm products consumed, $3.57.
The receipts for the year ending September 30, 1901, were: From cash balance at the beginning of the year, $187.84; from special appropriations, $35,139.28; from general appropriations, $24,000; from other sources, $11.81; total, $59,338.93.
The ordinary expenditures were as follows: For salaries of officers, wages and labor, $11,530.95; for provisions, $3,186.76; for household stores, $594.81; for clothing, $1,251.77; for fuel and light, $4,177.04; for hospital and medical supplies, $53.48; for transportation and traveling expenses, $90.39; for shop, farm and garden supplies, $1,494.56; for ordinary repairs, $289.61; for expenses of managers, $304.80; for remittance to State Treasurer, $11.81; for all other ordinary expenses, $1,062.56; total, $24,051.57. The total expenditures were $59,190.85, the additional $35,139.28 being for buildings and improvements, The cash balance at the close of the year was $148.08, and there was no outstanding indebtedness. of the ordinary expenditures 47.9 per cent. was for salaries,