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build a laundry and work-room, with steam-heating plant, for this institution, as provided in the original plans. The work of releasing on probation is carried on in the same manner as heretofore. Prisoners who have shown evidences of a desire to refolm, and who are able to care for themselves, or have friends who will look out for them, are released on probation, and I am pleased to say that but a very small number of these have broken the conditions of their parole and have been returned to the institution. Prisoners are employed at the same industries as formerly, and, with the necessary work about the Island and its different buildings, all inmates who are able are kept in constant employment. The religious services, Catholic and Protestant, are conducted as usual, the services of the clergymen of both denominations being readily obtained, and their advice and counsel have been of great advantage to many of the inmates. Mrs. Florence Garrettson Spooner continues, at the Deer Island institution, her good work, which was of so much benefit to the women prisoners at the South Boston House of Correction. Her interest in these unfortunate people is untiling. With a kind heart and desire to aid by her counsel in prison, and material assistance after leaving, many a helpless woman has been encouraged to live an upright Christian life. May she continue for many years as friend and aid to these unfortunates. The Steamer J. Putnam Bradlee is constantly employed, making trips daily, covering Deer Island, Long Island and Rainsford Island, carrying all the subsistence and material for manufacturing, as well as officers, prisoners and others connected with the various institutions. It has been about thirty years in the service, and I can only renew the recommendation of my predecessors, that the department is very much in need of a new steamer. The “Bradlee' has earned its right to retirement, and the City of Boston should have a larger and more up-to-date steamer in which to do its everincreasing work among these islands and the institutions connected with them. During the year the “Bradlee'' was used for the purpose of carrying children to and from Long Island, under the bequest known as the Randidge Fund. It would, in my judgment, be a little hazardous to continue the work of the Randidge Fund with the Steamer J. Putnam Bradlee, and I would suggest that, for the coming season, some other means be provided for the conveyance of these children to and from Long Island.

The abandonment of the House of Correction at South Boston as a prison has removed what has been, for more than fifty years, an objection to the people in the neighborhood in which it was located, and to others interested in prisons. Grand Jurors, Boards of Directors, City Councils and my predecessors have repeatedly condemned it as an unfit place in which to keep prisoners, and efforts have frequently been made in the direction of a change, and it was with great pleasure that we were enabled this year, for the reasons stated, to remove the prisoners and abandon the institution. In doing so the city was obliged to dispense with the services of the officers of that institution, many of whom have been connected with that and other institutions for a long term of years. They have rendered faithful services to the city, and, in that connection, I think it but fair to say a word in relation to the master, Col. John C. Whiton, who has for more than twenty-five years been connected with this department, discharging his duties in a thoroughly competent and satisfactory manner.

Mr. Herbert S. Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, and all the officials connected with the department, have shown an harmonious interest in its work, aiding greatly in the discharge of same, and much of its success is due to them.

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DEAR SIR, - I have the honor to submit my annual report of this institution for the year ending January 31, 1903.

The building now being erected for the female prisoners on the hill opposite the building at present occupied by them will, when completed, answer our requirements for a long time to come. Had a laundry been annexed to this building in accordance with the plans drawn, it would be still better. Such an annex should be built.

During the year there were 403 prisoners — 351 male and 52 female — transferred to this institution from the House of Correction, South Boston.

With the exception of a school-teacher and a clothingcutter for our “industries,” our salary list is no larger.

The results from the farm have been very satisfactory. Our live-stock is in good condition, and there have been no signs of an epidemic. The following table shows the farm products:

Apples . © & to e Ç 175 bbls.
Asparagus . to & * so 845 bunches.
Beans, bush . & o to te 130 bush.
‘‘ Lima . e to * e 45. “ o
Beets, mangel * * * o 250 tons.
‘‘ table . to g o o 375 bush.
Cabbage {o se * o . 15,980 heads.
Carrots . 45 tons.
Celery 4,310 bunches.
Chickens 75 head.
Corn, sweet * 400 bush.
“ green fodder . 40 tons.
Cucumbers 110 bush.
Currants 98 boxes.
Ducks 62 head.
Eggs 1,005 doz.
Ensilage 158 tons.
Grapes . 2 bush.

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Turnips, purple-top € 6 SWeet & C white egg

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Pork slaughtered, 83,941 pounds (3) 8+ c.
Sale of live pigs . e e e to
Sale of bones and grease .
Manure, 520 cords (3) $2.50
Soft soap, 860 hlids. (3) $5.00

Cost of soap stock

100 bush. 268 ‘ ‘ 100 * * 240 ‘ ‘ 40 tons. 1,000 “ 4,898 heads. 640 cords. 25 bush. 125,215 qts. 50 tons. 3,325 bush. 965 bunches. 15 tons. 37 bush. 132 < * 110 “ 5 tons. 640 bunches. 75 boxes. 24 tons. 810 boxes. 945 bush. 4 head. 1,100 bush. 445 “ 310 * * 175 cords.

The report of the piggery is as follows:

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The following articles of clothing, etc., have been made

during the year: For use of male inmates, 621 liberty coats, 713 liberty pants, 743 liberty vests, 609 institution coats, 863 institution pants, 399 institution vests, 142 dozen woollen shirts, 100 dozen cotton shirts, 56 dozen overalls, 122 liberty overcoats, 176 dozen flannel drawers, 10 dozen woollen drawers, 27 dozen hospital nightshirts; for use of female inmates, 767 chemises, 625 pairs drawers, 540 skirts, 269 dresses, 84 tires, 498 napkins, 343 aprons, 164 head handkerchiefs, 73 nightdresses; for general use, 468 clothes bags, 1,097 pillow slips, 195 bed spreads, 904 sheets, 275 bed ticks, 95 pillow ticks, 1,472 towels, 490 roller towels, 89 table cloths, 45 window curtains, 32 window screens, 209 stand covers, 26 coffee-bags and 5 hair cloths. The stone department has cut 21,080 feet edgestone, 225 small curb-corners, 89 large curb-corners, 143 gutter-mouths, 28 square catch-basins, 1 corner catch-basin, 2 manholes, 10 gutter-stones, 17 window-caps and 17 window-sills. Discharged prisoners, when leaving the institution, have always been well clothed. There have been 579 fines paid during the year. I have paid $4,470 to the County Collector on this account.

Yours very respectfully,



Dand. 5,837,040 feet upland, value . to . $350,200 2,178,000 “ flats, “ . & g 10,900 10,000 “ solid wharf at $1 . to 10,000 16,900 “ pile oak at $1. e * 16,900 3,600 “ pile spruce at 50 cents . 1,800 Value . o § & e & e . $389,800 Buildings.

North prison . so © $100,000

Central prison, including gas works and
boiler-house e & te C e 300,000
Women’s prison . e to to * 35,000
Laundry e so e & © * 15,000
Bakery (brick) . to to o te 13,000
Bakery (addition) . & to to g 1,500
Coal sheds . * & †e o e 12,000
Receiving-house . g * o g 12,000
Mechanics’ shop . ge e * * 11,000
Engineer’s house . * to o © 8,000
Vegetable shed (wood) . e & g 7,000

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