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try and Reformation is so great that every part of the wings used by the Almshouse department is to-day required for those departments. The crowded condition of the institutions on the Island, the increased number of inmates, from year to year, cannot be fully realized by the City Council, or more active measures would be taken towards affording relief. The subject is worthy of early attention and action.
The boys of this department are well situated in the brick building which has been occupied by them for two years. The girls are still in the wooden building, and are made very comfortable. The inside of the latter building has been improved by new painting and graining.
Good teachers have been employed, and progress in studies has been equal to expectation.
The Rev. Mr. Dadmun, superintendent of schools, makes the following report: "The boys and girls in the Almshouse have made commendable progress in their studies. The schools, like those in the House of Reformation, are subject to constant changes, which militate very much against a thorough common-school education. But we feel justified in saying that the teachers and officers have been very kind to these poor children, and have done everything for their comfort and happiness which could well be done under the circumstances. We do not think of any change that could be made which would improve their advantages."
No. of patients remaining in hospital May 1, 1871 received during the year
During the year a comfortable and convenient house, containing eight square rooms, four attics, bath-room, and L, has been built at Gallop's Island, for quarters of officers of quarantine department. The old building, formerly occupied for such purpose, was found unworthy of any outlay for repairs, and consequently torn down.
HOUSE OF REFORMATION DEPARTMENT.
The whole number remaining May 1, 1871, was:
Committed during the year :
Discharged during the year:
Remaining May 1, 1872:
Offences of those committed during the past year:
Assault and battery
Idle and dissolute
Why discharged during the year:
By expiration of sentence
Directors, on probation
Transfer to almshouse department
5 years During minority
Length of sentences of those committed during the year: —
and 17 days
The boys' department has been crowded the past year. Three hundred boys have been crowded into dormitories that
ought not to contain more than two hundred, if health and comfort are considerations. The past year shows the largest number of inmates in this department of any year since its organization.
The smaller boys attended school during the whole year. The larger ones worked on the farm, and other outside labor from May 1st to Nov. 1st, and attended school from Nov. 1st to May 1st. Good progress has been made in studies. The health has been generally good.
There are some twenty-five or thirty boys, above the age of fifteen years, with long sentences, who have received a fair education, and should be learning a trade by which they can earn a living when their sentences expire, and they are discharged. I would, therefore, recommend that some kind of labor be introduced in which these boys can be instructed and benefited, and, at the same time, benefit the institution by increasing its income. A part of the second story of the new mechanic's shop is well adapted for a work-room.
The appearance of the school-rooms of this department would be much improved if the ceilings were plastered. It is recommended that this be done during the coming summer while a portion of the boys are employed on outside work.
The wooden building, at the end of the prison and reformation wing, has settled, and will have to be raised. When this is done, it is recommended that the boys' bath and wash room (which is on the ground floor) be enlarged, the bathing-tank removed from its present position to the middle of the room, and additional sinks for washing convenience put up. This is a much-needed improvement.
The girls' department has been continued with success. The average number of girls has not changed to any great extent during the past four years.
The Rev. Mr. Dadman makes the following report as superintendent of schools: "In presenting my annual report, allow me to congratulate you on the continued success which