St. Vincent's Feature Article July 18, 1880 TP, p. 3
FRIENDS OF THE ORPHAHS. The St. Tinc it Orphan Aeyla and Wanta. - Its Work If there is one work: more noble and disinterested disinterested than another, it Is the work of caring for those who are unable to eare for theniselvea. And such la the good workr which the Sisters in charge of St. Vincent's Orphan Asylum devote their time to. Their cbargea are babies and young children, and none of the latter remain in the asylum after their seventh year. Those who find their way to the asylum at e absolutely without friends or protectors. Some are born of parents whose poverty com pels them to appeal to the asylum for the support of their offspring, while others are brought into the world without doe process process of law. But the sisters never oast out or refuse to receive a babe, ne matter hew scanty their means or bow crowded the Asylum. - Some weeks are - called baby weeks, because from sunrise Monday morning morning to the close of the fallowing Sunday the babies poor In without cessation. The infanta infanta are of all ages, from the midget an hour old to the child who has Just been weaned. And the ways they come are aa various as their agea - Some are sent from the City Hall by order of the Mayor, and others are found lying In baskets at the asylum door, with neither mark nor sign to show either who they are or whence they come. For the babies who are not weaned, the Sisters have to employ wet nurses, and for each child tlO a month has to be paid the wet nurse. The latter la generally generally the wife of some poor man. and la glad enon gh to Increase her small income by taking charge of a baby, whom she takes home with her. The city allows the asylum 14 a year for each child, but thia amount goes out a abort distance to wards the actual expense of its sup port. It Is to the sreOlt of the present administration administration that this sum has been very regularly paid since they came into power, but for oack years the city la In arrears to the asylum, for quite a sum. Since 1878 the asylum has had no public public entertainment to inerease its revenue, which is altogether regulated by contributions contributions from friends. Formerly the patrons were able to and did make liberal subscriptions subscriptions to tbe asylum's funds, but tbe hard times of late years have crippled them to such an extent that their contributions are greatly diminished. To add to the misfortunes misfortunes of the asylum, scarlet fever broke - out among the children in May, and of tbe 175 children oared for, about forty were taken wits the fever, and eight of the number died. There have been no new oaacs for the past few daya, and If no new inmatee are brought Into contact with the sick ones, the fever will probably die out. With these accumulated disastrous causes the asylum is in need of very many - things to snppoit t inmates and to add to tneir comfort. Almost any little thing can be made useful, in such an establishment, bat what la more particularly needed are dry gooia, groceries, bed ticking, mosquito netting, and moss for beds. There will be few wbo read this who cannot spare a small quantity of one of these artiulea, and many contributions will lift the asylum out of lie difficulties. - The Sisters are very modest In their demands npon the public and the latter wonld not know of the condition of affairs had not a reporter voluntarily called at tbe asylum and learned learned from Sister Mary Agnes, the Superior, Just what the necessities of it are. The asylum asylum haa friends, and none do more for It than Margaret Haughery. - 1 do not know." said Sister Mary Agnes. " what I should do without Margaret, she la so kind and thoughtful.' And then the reporter listened to an interesting recital of a thottBaod and one things, great and small, Margaret Haughery has done - for St. Vincent's Vincent's and Its Inmates. It ia not enough that she supplies, food and opens ber purse when necessary, but she sends picture books, cradles and little gifts like those, whli - h (jiarfiian iihililfaih hearts.