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substantiate them, thus creating a suspicion and weakening its beneficial influence, yet the investigation may have been productive of good, in dissipating the idea which some persons seem to have had, that it was established for a Lying-in Hospital, or a general asylum for all classes of lodgers and vagrants who throw themselves on the charities of a large
The statistics of the Home for the last year are as fol
8 Lost children restored to their parents or guardians
182 Nurses furnished with situations
27 Persons " employment
443 Adults sent to Tewksbury
47 Persons their friends
3 Eleven thousand eight hundred and six single meals furnished.
The daily business at the office has somewhat increased over that of former years, with the same number of clerks and assistants. Four hundred and sixty-five papers have been made out for new applicants seeking relief. The total number now on the Register is six thousand nine hundred and thirty-six. Number of pensioners on the Trust Funds is now two hundred and eighty-eight.
The present occupants of the Charity Building are the Overseers of the Poor, the City Physician, and the organization for "soldier's aid," whose office was removed from the City Hall during the past season.
The following private associations — an account of whose history and objects was presented in the last report – still occupy the rooms assigned to them, and are, in their respective spheres of duty, accomplishing much good in the direction for which the building was erected :
Boston Provident Association.
All these societies act in harmony with each other and the Board, and the year closes with the feeling that this department of the city service is discharging the work to which it is assigned in a satisfactory manner, and for the public welfare.
Respectfully submitted, in behalf of the Board of Overseers of the Poor.
F. W. LINCOLN,
REPORT OF THE OVERSEERS OF THE POOR.
TO THE HONORABLE THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF
The Board of Overseers of the Poor of said city return the following statement of their receipts and expenditures for the year ending April 30, 1872:
Cash on hand, May 1st, 1871
including requisitions for
acct. of Temp. Home Cash from 112 cities and towns,
State of Mass. for relief of sick, including $2 p'd City Treas. by Treas. of State for our account, Feb. 1871, not reported to us until June, 1871, $5,600 07 for burials
from Occupants of Charity
Amount paid for burials,
31 cities and towns for
relief of Boston poor expenses City Tempo
- pensions and grants at
office immediate relief of persons haviny no
56 “ Book-keeper salaries of Clerks
66 Visitors office expenses (print
ing, stationery, furniture, postage, etc.) transportation for account of Charity
Building (fuel, etc., and salaries of en
gineer and janitor) to be refunded.
7,803 63 14,283 00 2,200 00 1,700 00 1,112 49 3,600 00
Cash paid City Treasurer
$70,324 37 23,295 69 1,480 34
JOHN PRATT, Secretary.
Payments to the City Treasurer during the year. Amount paid him by the Treasurer of the State
for our account Feb., 1871, not reported to us · until June, 1871, and so not included in last report
$2 00 Receipts from cities and towns during the year ending April 29, 1871 .
8,022 36 On account of receipts from cities and towns since
April 29, 1871
5,598 07 Receipts from the State for burials
3,190 00 Receipts from occupants of Charity Building for heating expenses to July 1, 1870 .
Fuel and gas.
Expenditures on account of Temporary Home. Groceries, provisions, etc.
549 70 Furniture, $389 80, repairs $198 10
587 90 Medicines
102 11 Water rates
143 85 Stationery
9 85 Dry goods
571 54 Salaries
2,014 52 Hack hire $29 50, sundries 251 62