The New York Times (New York, New York) 10 May 1901 Page 5
. TENEMENT HOUSE LAWS. Commissioners at a Banquet Say Their Effectiveness Depends on Manner of Enforcement. The members of the Tenement House Commission were entertained last night by the Twilight Club with a dinner at the Hotel St. Denis. Col. W. B. Wilkinson of the club welcomed them, and Robert W. De Forest and Richard Watson. Gilder spoke for the commission. Members of the Social Social Reform Club and the Sanitary Protective Protective League were also r present. " Mr. De Forest in a short speech said that the enforcement of the tenement law will not depend alone on the officials, but on the public- public- sentiment and on the character character of the new Tenement House Commission Commission to be appointed by whomsoever is elected Mayor. Enforcement of the law can be made oppressive and unjust. Its effectiveness depends entirely upon the way It Is enforced. Commenting on some Improved features of the new laws, Richard Watson Gilder jaid: "Thrcugh the fault of the present Mayor the Department of Statistics has been a failure. The Commissioner has tried to do his work, but he has been denied by the Mayor proper assistance. This is wrong. In almost every European city the Department of Statistics is a bureau doing valuable work.'-' work.'-' work.'-' Dr. Stephen Smith of the Sanitary League described to the company conditions existing existing in New York before the organization of the Health Board. There was one tenement tenement house on Twenty-second Twenty-second Twenty-second 8treet, near First Avenue.-he Avenue.-he Avenue.-he said, that had sent in a year 125 cases of typhus fever to Bellevue. The people living there slept in straw on -the -the floor. They would move in, and within a day or two would come down with the fever. Then another family of emigrants would take their place. When the landlord of the place was told of these conditions, although he was an officer officer in a prominent church, he refused to do anything. . There were other speakers.