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Two cottages have been built in connection with the School for Feeble-minded at Faribault, to cost about $40,000; and two more, costing about the same, will be built this summer. There has also been built the south wing of the hospital, costing about $12,000. These buildings will increase the capacity nearly two hundred, and permit the colonization of the epileptics.
The insane asylums at Anoka and Hastings will each be increased this summer by the addition of a wing and a cottage. With these completed, the capacity of each of these buildings will be about three hundred.
Considerable has been done in the way of improvements at all the hospitals for insane, which will make these institutions more comfortable and convenient, but will not materially increase the capacity. Two stone silos will be built at the Rochester Hospital.
A new water supply has been put into the Reformatory at St. Cloud, at a cost of $10,000. The new administration building commenced last year will be pushed toward completion. This is a fine granite structure, and is being built almost wholly by the labor of the inmates.
The statistics herein given are of date Jan. 1, 1902, except where marked (a), when they are of date Jan. 1, 1901, not having yet been compiled for the later year.
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In state prison
W. S. HARRISON, STARKVILLE, STATE CORRESPONDING SECRETARY.
There are six orphanages in this State. Each, with possibly one exception, is in charge of a leading denomination. From all the information I have been able to gather I estimate the number of children in these homes at some 395. The Natchez Protestant Orphan Asylum is the oldest and, until about eleven years ago, the only Protestant institution of the kind in the State. It is not under the special care of any church, but was formerly supported by all. Since each of the stronger churches has undertaken to maintain a home of its own, this one has to a large extent had to rely on undenominational sources of income, such as the various benevolent orders in the state. The institution has a noble history, its work under another name dating back to 1816. Hundreds of children have been the recipients of its generous care. I have not been able to learn how many are now in its charge. The Mississippi Methodist Episcopal Church, South, supports a home, located at Water Valley, which is under the joint control of the two annual confer
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ences in the state. The home, under the management of Rev. W. T. Griffith, now has 102 inmates. The plant is worth about $15,000, and the annual expenditure is about $5,000. The home has a good school ten months in a year. It seeks to put its inmates by adoption into good families or to educate them in the various Methodist colleges in the state. It now has seven girls in these schools receiving a collegiate education. Since its beginning five years ago the home has given protection to over
200 children. The Baptist orphanage located in Jackson is, and has been from its beginning a few years ago, under the management of Rev. L. S. Foster. It now has 53 children, and has received up to date 107. It seeks to place children by adoption in good homes. property is worth $30,000, and the annual expense is $3,500. The managers are enlarging the plant, and the institution is in a prosperous condition. Excellent school advantages ten months in the year. The Palmer Orphanage in Columbus is the property of the Presbyterian church, and like nearly all similar institutions in the state is of recent origin. Rev. H. E. McCune, the superintendent, says : “We have at present 31 children in the home. There have been 51 received to date. Our plant is worth about $10,000. We have a fairly good school of ten months in a year. We give our children a good common-school education.” The Waifs' Home, in or near Biloxi, was founded a few years ago by the late Dr. Clay. The inmates are mostly waifs. They are gathered from the city of New Orleans. There are about 60 in the home.
The Catholic Orphans' Home in Natchez is an old institution, and has cared for a great many children. I failed to get the solicited information, and I am unable to make a satisfactory report. The state has no orphanage, and really needs none, as the orphans are carefully looked after by the churches.
But the state has other very important eleemosynary institutions. The two asylums for the insane, one at Jackson, the other at Me ridian, together have an average from 1,200 to 1,500 inmates. They are well provided for and properly treated.
The latest report of the institution for the education of the deaf and dumb shows 137 inmates. From all accounts this unfortunate class is well cared for and reasonably well educated. The institution for the blind has so inmates, who are kindly and humanely treated.
MISS MARY E. PERRY, ST. LOUIS, STATE CORRESPONDING SECRETARY.
The Missouri General Assembly meets biennially. It convened in 1901, and my previous report gave a full account of legislative enactments at that time. The appropriations made to the institutions in 1901 were generous. Many new buildings have been erected, and the old ones improved and modernized during the year. The new St. Louis Hospital on the pavilion plan, the cottages of the insane asylum at Farmington and at the feeble-minded colony in Marshall, are being pushed toward completion.
The Missouri State Conference of Charities and Corrections held its second meeting in Columbia, where our state university is located. The sessions of the conference were well attended. At the close of the meeting, and as a result of it, the Columbia Associated Charities was organized. It has since received the hearty support of the Columbia people. The address delivered at this time on “ Politics in State Institutions," by Hon. James L. Blair, of St. Louis, has attracted much attention. We have 70 paying members belonging to the Missouri Conference of State Charities.
The interest in philanthropic subjects seems to increase among the women's clubs of the state, and the majority of them are engaged in some phase of active work of this character. The St. Louis federated clubs will this summer add a fourth vacation school to those they have been supporting. This last one will be for the benefit of the colored children. During the winter the St. Louis Provident Association opened its school of charities and correction. It had a six weeks' course with two lectures a week. Opportunity was given for active work in the association building, and many important questions were treated in papers and discussions. The school was well attended by those interested in charities and reform. The Associated Charities of Kansas City has done excellent work during the year. Among other things it has organized an Improved Dwelling Company to carry out the Octavia Hill plan of friendly visiting and rentcollecting
It has taken a lease for five years on 124 small houses near the South Hill settlement, and a marked improvement is noticeable in the entire neighborhood since the association took hold here eight
months ago. This same settlement will conduct a six weeks' municipal camp for boys during the summer, and the boys' clubs of the settlement are already studying municipal organization with a young man of experience in such work.
They have recently organized in our state penitentiary a prison league under the auspices of an association known as the “Kansas Society for the Friendless." Warden Wooldridge writes that he is favorably impressed with this new departure in this institution. shall hope that it is only the beginning of other changes. Governor Dockery did a good thing for the prisoners of the state when he dismissed a number of the old employees who had occupied their positions so long that they had about concluded that they could run the prison without question or interference. In the state prison located in Jefferson City there are 2,076 pris
The daily average of men employed under the contract system at 50 cents is 1,400, of women at 30 cents is 35.
average number of jail prisoners in the St. Louis jail during the year was 194. The number of prisoners in county jails is about 11,135. The number acquitted is 1,457- The number of prisoners arrested by the police department last year was 24,420. The St. Louis Workhouse has in it 145 prisoners; the St. Louis House of Refuge, total number 405: boys, 312; girls, 93. In the Boys' Reformatory at Booneville there are 250 ; in the State Industrial School for Girls at Chillicothe, 109.
In the St. Louis Poorhouse there are 720; in the county poorhouses, 1,692. Total, 2,412. St. Louis Hospital has 570 inmates.
In the School for the Blind in St. Louis, total number of pupils, 114: boys, 63; girls, 51. In the School for Deaf-mutes at Fulton, 341: boys, 212 ; girls, 129. Pupils enter at the age of eight, and remain twelve years.
There are about 600 deaf-mute children of school age in the state. In the colony at Marshall, 100 feebleminded children occupy the two completed cottages. Many applications are on file for admission, and will be received as soon as more room can be provided. The number of insane in the state asylums at Fulton, St. Joseph, and Nevada, is 3,114. In the St. Louis Insane Asylum, 666; in the St. Louis Poorhouse, 872,- making a total of 4,652.