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The new buildings for the Parental School in West Roxbury, consisting of a dormitory, and boiler, engine, and laundry building, the main building 96 × 33 ft. with a projection in the rear 15 × 30 ft., and the 376 new cells at Deer Island, complete the list of new buildings erected for the public institutions by the present commission. The cost of these permanent improvements made during the last five years is $1,137,500. The entire amount of money spent for permanent improvements in the public institutions made during the forty-seven years from 1852 down to 1889 was only $1,499,521.20.


Thus, gentleman, we assert that the charges made against the management of these institutions during the past five years are unfounded and untrue; that with the means at the hands of the Commissioners, the institutions have been well managed and the people who have been compelled to be inmates of them have been well taken care of, and notwithstanding the fact that the present paid Commission has handled this vast amount of money, there has not been even a suspicion that one dollar has been misused or diverted from the purpose for which it was intended. On the contrary, two charges are made against this Commission, concerning which I have not yet spoken honesty and economy. This case will go down in history as the first in which any public official has been arraigned before any tribunal charged with honesty in the administration of public office, and economy in the expenditure of public funds. To these two charges we make no reply. We plead guilty to them both.



Q. (By Mr. REED.) Your name is John Galvin and you are superintendent of the Home for Paupers at Rainsford Island? A. Yes, sir.

Q. You were at a former time, Mr. Galvin, superintendent at Austin Farm, were you not?

A. I was.

Q. At what time did you occupy that position and how long?

A. For going on two years.

Q. And do you remember the year in which you went there?
A. I do, sir.

Q. What was it, please?

A. 1886.

Q. And you stayed there until 1887?

4. Yes, sir.

Q. Then you went from the Austin Farm to Long and Rainsford Islands. Is that right?

A. Yes, sir; correct.

Q. And you became superintendent of the institutions on those two islands?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. While you were at Austin Farm as superintendent, Mr.

Galvin, do you remember of an inmate there by the name of Margaret Mulhearn?

A. I do, sir.

Q. She was an inmate of the institution at the time you removed from Austin Farm to Long and Rainsford islands?

A. She was, sir.

Q. You took her with you to Long Island?

A. Yes, went at about the same time.

2. Where you present, Mr. Galvin, when she was admitted as

an inmate to the institution at Austin Farm?

A. I was in the building, sir.

Q. Did you see the woman the day she came there?

A. I did not, sir.

Q. Now, Mr. Galvin, it has been stated here that you were not present, but that Mrs. Mulhearn's reception at Austin Farm was disheartening?

A. I don't think so.

Q. Do you know anything about it?

A. I know nothing about the case whatever. About a month before that I received a very severe accident, and I was on my back from the effects of a broken leg, and consequently I didn't receive her when she was received, but there was no inmate that ever came to Austin Farm but was well taken care of.

Q. Was there ever any complaint made to you, Mr. Galvin, by this woman that she was not properly taken care of?

A. Never, sir.

Q. Was any complaint ever made to you by any other person in her behalf that she was not properly taken care of?

A. Never, sir, that I recollect.

Q. At the time she came to Austin Farm, I understand you to say that you were confined to your bed with a broken leg?

A. Correct, sir.

Q. And that is the reason you were not present to meet her when she came there with Mrs. Lincoln?

A. That is the reason, sir.

Q. Did Mrs. Lincoln call on you that day?

A. She did not, sir.

Q. The day she brought Margaret Mulbearn over she did not call on you?

4. No, sir.

Q. Did she send any message to you on your sick-bed?

A. I never received any.

Q Do you remember the woman, Margaret Mulhearn, after you went to Long and Rainsford islands?

A. Not anything particular, any more than the rest of the inmates there.

Q. There was nothing, then, peculiar to her case to attract your attention?

A. Nothing peculiar at all, sir.

Q. Do you know how long she remained at inmate of the institution at Long Island?

A. Well, I couldn't tell you without referring to the books.

Q. How long, Mr. Galvin, were you the superintendent of the institutions at Long Island?

A. I was from October, 1887, until March, 1893.

Q. And March, 1893, the management of the two islands was separated?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. You then took control of Rainsford Island?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. And you occupy that position to-day?

A. I do, sir.

Q. At the time you were superintendent at Long Island where did you live?

A. I lived on Rainsford Island?

Q. And you live in the same house to-day on Rainsford Island? A. Yes, sir.

Q. When you first went to the islands to take charge of the institutions on Long and Rainsford, where was the hospital located?

A. On the hill.

Q. On which island?

A. Which do you mean

for Rainsford?

Q. Rainsford.

A. It was on Rainsford Island, at the extreme end of the Island, what they call the Head

Q. Was it the old building which is referred to so often as the White Building?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. And during your term as superintendent, having authority over both islands, that was the hospital for Rainsford Island? A. Yes, sir.

Q. When was its use as a hospital discontinued?

A. After we came over from Rainsford Island.

Q. That was in March, 1893 ?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. How is that building used now?

A. It is idle.

Q. It is idle to-day?

A. Yes, sir.

2. Has any use been made of it since the building of the new hospital at Long Island?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. During the past summer was not this same building used

as a summer hospital for infants and children?

A. It was, sir, and very much admired, too.

Q. And very much admired?

A. Very much admired.

Q. Now, what was the preparation which was made for the reception of those children in that hospital?

4. There was four days' labor from a few of the inmates and myself in whitewashing and painting, and so on.

Q. It was cleaned throughout from top to bottom?
A. Cleaned throughout.

Q. Painted and whitewashed throughout?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. And made sweet and clean and perfectly satisfactory to the doctors who had charge of the hospital?

A. Dr. Ernst complimented us on the building very much every time he came there.

Q. Dr. Ernst, the eminent bacteriologist, was the man who had charge of the summer hospital?

A. He was, sir.

Q. Did you ever have any conversations with him in regard to


A. Occasionally asked him how he liked it when he came down there, and he said, "Just the thing, Mr. Galvin, couldn't get one to suit as well if you paid out a hundred thousand dollars." That was about the expression he used.

Q. Then the old building in its last use was perfectly satisfac

toy for the purpose for which it was intended?

A. Perfectly satisfactory to St. Margaret, I guess it is. with it.

me and to the good Sisters of They were very much pleased

Q. The Sisters of St. Margaret furnished the nursing, I understand, did they not?

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A. They did, sir.

Q. And Dr. Ernst had entire charge of the summer hospital? A. Yes, sir; and had a young assistant down there, Dr. Page, a fine young man, there all the time. They had a habit of coming down there every day or every other day.

Q. How often did Dr. Ernst himself come there?

A. Oh, every day,

if not every day, every other day.

Q. I suppose you frequently saw him, Mr. Galvin, when he was there?

A. I saw him every day when he came there, sir.

Q. And he visited you at your house?

A. He did, sir, occasionally.

Q. And you had frequent conversations with him in regard to the place?

A. I did, sir.

Q. And he always expressed himself as well satisfied?

A. He did, sir.

Q. Just before you left Long Island it has been said that two women, both helplessly ill, were landed there, and the management has been criticised for delay in providing an ambulance?

A. I couldn't see any delay. The preparations were made before the parties left Boston, and they were to go to Rainsford Island. Consequently they were not expected at Long Island, and they occupied the same space in going from Long Island to Rainsford as they did from Boston to Long Island, which did not discommode them any in the least. Preparations had been made by the doctor to receive them at Rainsford Island, as the hospital was full on Long Island, and consequently they couldn't take them there. But Mrs. Lincoln plead so hard to get them to Long Island that I couldn't resist her, and I told the doctor possibly it

would be better to take them to Long Island, on that account, and they were taken there.

Q. (By Ald. LEE.) How long afterwards?

A. Three-quarters of an hour. Rainsford; stopped about ten minutes.

Q. Was that where the plea was made to bring them back to Long Island?

A. Yes, sir.

We went from Long Island to

Q. (By Mr. REED.) Were they moved from the boat, Mr. Galvin, at the first stop at Long Island?

A. No, sir.

Q. The room in the boat where they were placed was warm, I presume, and comfortable?

4. Not exposed to the weather at all; not a Parker-house room, by any means, but a good, comfortable room, sheltered from the cold. They didn't suffer any cold whatever.

Q. And when they came back to Long Island the second time I presume you took good care of them?

A. They were taken as good care of as I know how.

Q. And anyone, I guess, Mr. Galvin, who knows you does not think you don't know how. I certainly do not.

A. Thank you, sir. I appreciate the compliment, sir.

Q. Who were these women, these two old ladies, Mr. Galvin? Do you remember their names?

A. I do not, sir. I don't recollect their names.

Q. Did they make any complaint to you at the time?

A. I never heard any complaint from them, sir. I never did. Q. The physician who had charge of the hospital, as I understand you, advised that they be taken to Rainsford?

A. Yes, sir; he was down at the wharf that day.

Q. If these women had been taken to Rainsford, would there have been any difference in the kindness of their treatment from what they received at Long Island?

A. I don't understand you.

Q. Would these women have been as kindly treated at Rainsford as they were at Long Island?

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A. I think so, sir.

Q. There wouldn't have been any difference in the treatment, would there?

A. Equally as well treated, sir.

Q. You think, then, that the arrangement made by the physician to receive them at Rainsford Island was a proper arrangement?

A. I do, sir; because it was crowded at Long Island.

Q. The hospital at Long Island was then in the institution building, was it not?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. And at this time you say that hospital was crowded?
A. Yes, sir.

Q. But you did make provision for these two women there at the request of Mrs. Lincoln?

A. I did, sir; asked the doctor to do it and he done it.

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