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TO THE HONORABLE THE CITY COUNCIL OF BOSTON :
- The Board of Directors for Public Institutions, in the discharge of the responsible duties assigned them, are compelled to again call the attention of the City Council to the overcrowded and very uncomfortable condition of the institutions at Deer Island, and to request the adoption of such measures as will relieve the great pressure for room in the House of Industry and Almshouse departments.
For the past three years the number of female prisoners has exceeded the number of cells, and, at times, many have been obliged to sleep in the corridors of the prison.
During the past year the number of male prisoners has increased to such an extent, that since May 1st, 1871, a daily average of one hundred male prisoners have slept upon beds made up in the prison corridors. In November last, the number of prisoners still increasing, the demand for room was so great, that the chapel was converted into a dormitory, and since that time has been occupied for that purpose by a daily average of thirty-six male prisoners.
Nor is this uncomfortable crowding confined alone to the House of Industry. The number of the city poor has also steadily increased, and the dormitories in that department have been crowded to their utmost capacity.
The erection of a new bakery, and the removal of the tailors and shoemakers to the new work-shop, will afford temporary relief in the basement, but no permanent advantage can be obtained while the number to be fed and lodged remains unchanged, as the greatest difficulty experienced is in providing sleeping and dining room accommodations for so large a number of inmates. The main building is demanded by the growing necessities of the House of Industry.
This urgent demand for enlarged accommodation for two classes of our dependents, constantly and steadily increasing, is of a character that calls for immediate attention. In their present condition the institutions cannot be conducted with comfort to the inmates, or to the satisfaction of the Directors. With this statement the Directors would ask the early attention of the City Council, trusting that it will speedily adopt such measures as will provide the necessary relief in the most effectual manner.
J. P. BRADLEE,
President Board of Directors for Public Institutions.
IN BOARD OF STREET COMMISSIONERS,
May 27, 1872. RESOLVED, That the safety and convenience of the inhabitants of the city require that APPLETON STREET should be extended from Berkeley to Tremont street; and for that purpose it is necessary to take and lay out as a public street or way of the said city, a parcel of land belonging to THE PROPRIETORS OF THE PARKER MEMORIAL MEETING-HOUSE, bounded as follows, viz. : northwestwardly by the northwesterly line of the proposed extension of Appleton street, there measuring one hundred feet; northeastwardly by other land hereinafter described as taken from the said proprietors, sixty feet; southeastwardly by the southeasterly line of the proposed extension of Appleton street, one hundred feet; and southwestwardly by Berkeley street, sixty feet; containing six thousand square feet, more or less.
Another parcel of land belonging to THE PROPRIETORS OF THE PARKER MEMORIAL MEETING-HOUSE (being a portion of a passage-way), bounded as follows, viz. : northwestwardly by the northwesterly line of the proposed extension of Appleton street, there measuring ten feet; northeastwardly by land hereinafter described as taken from J. F. Paul & Company, sixty feet; southeastwardly by the southeasterly line of the proposed extension of Appleton street, ten feet; and southwestwardly by other land before described as taken from the said proprietors, sixty feet; containing six hundred square feet, more or less.
A parcel of land belonging to J. F. PAUL AND COMPANY