Brooklyn Central Kitchen - detailed description

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1 of Human Bights. As Sumner was silent it may be assumed that Roddy is not a negro. It is to bo hoped that Grant willnot permit Roddy long to remain conspicuously alone, but that tho disagreeing Presidential pen will send nnany bills to ' keep his company. Frequent opportunity and abundant variety will be offered. If tho President should veto every grant 'of land to railroad speculators he would oarn tho public gratitude. And such operations in real estate are only one of many methods of squandering the people's property. Even if Boddy's olaim be a just one, he may havo earned a martyr's reward by getting Grant in tho happy habit of vetoing early and often. It is stated that tho clergyman whoso elopement is tho current sensation was suspeotod of impropriety during his pastorate at Mamaronock, that the Bcandal was investigated by officials of the church, that thoy found sufficient evidence to support tho charges, but that in order to save religion from reproach they suppressed the matter, and permitted the faithless minister to depart in peaoe and repeat bis practices in other parishes. The result shows that tho Mamaronock elders, instead of holding tho ohurch harmloss,have involved it in deeper disgrace, and fairly inourred a Bhnre of responsibility for the latest shame. Tho best method of saving religion from reproach iu tho oxpoauro of impostors who make its profession a cloak for villainy. Tho mutual and warm affection subsisting between John Bright - and tho hereditary legislators of England was freshly illustrated laat night at Birmingham whore the Cabinet Minister sarcastically said in apublio speech that the House of Lords was a "placo of the greatest antiquity and of tho greatest influence." The fact is that when tho London Times pronounced the upper branch of Parliament tho most useless body in the world Bright had the rare pleasure of agreeing with that newspaper. Tho supposition that the Legislature of Massachusetts had refused to participate in publio honors to tho coming remains of Mr. Peabody because of the doubtful loyalty of the philanthropist whon living proves a mintage. The legislative nonaction is a noble resentment of the affront offered tho State in the landing of the funeral iron - clad at Portland instead of Boston. The dispute as to the rolativo attractions of the harbors is one of long standing and tho decision of the officers of the Monarch in favor of the former port is a doop wound to Athonian vanity. It is true that Boston has provod her incapacity to maintain a regular lino of ocean steamers, and the Cunard managers, l: :cd at longth of running in ballast, some time ago withdrew their ships. But she could at least piovido safo anchorago for tho Monarch and sell all the supplies the British Government is prepared to pay for. SIX MHDIIED HUE ESCAPES ORDERED. Brooklyn Tenement Blouses torics. and Fac - The report of Mr. Pryor Rorke, Superintendent of Buildings, which appeared in the Eagle of yesterday, affords incidentally an idea of tho number of tenement houses and factories in Boooklyn, which is greater than any one ot conversant with the facts would havo supposed. It appears from the report that in the progress of the examination of buildings, now and for Borne time past being carried on by the Building Inspectors, six hundred buildings have been found liable, undor the law, to be compelled to erect fire escapes, and orders for their erection hare been accordingly given by the Superintendent. It is a singular illustration of the confusion into which the Are laws of this city have now fallen, that by the Paid Fire Department Act of last year, the Are wardens of Williamsburgh wore incidentally legislated out of office, and the Buildings Department of this district, under Mr. Borke, was not extendecfover that part of the city to apply thovaounm; so that now, by law, a man may build any sort of an inflammable structure anywhere In WilliamBburgh with impunity, while in this part of the oity, ho Is subjected to an absurdly high fine of $500 for eaoh violation, however teohnical, and tho power to remit or mitigate tho fine Is not vested In the Superintendent, who is familiar with tho subject, but in a private, irresponsible committee of a volunteer association. Anothor law last year incidentally conferred on the Buildings Department the control of fire escapes ovor the wholo city, though in all the rest of its functions tho Department is limited to a portion of the Western District. Mr. Rorko has boon carrying out an inspection under this law, and as yet ha3 had about ono - half of tho city inspootod. The inspectors are furnished with a survey book, in which, blanks are provided for a full record of all particulars respecting the size, location, matorials and construction of tho hoaso. If it prove to be a factory over two Btories high, or a house inhabited by four or moro families, a fire escape is required to be provided. About two thousand houses havo been thus examined, and as yet six hundred of them havo been ordered to be fitted up with fire escapes. As the survey has not yet oxtonded over more than half tho city, it appears probable that tho total of tonomont houses and factories in Brooklyn, roqulrlng fire escapes, will be found to bo approaching throe thousand. It would seem, therefore, probable that thore aro at least two thousand tenomont houses in this city, having four or more families resident in eaoh, and about ntlA Miniuijilid faotovioa over tiro stories 1U height. The Legislature should loso no time in transferring to tho Buildings Department tho authority, now disused, formerly vested in tho Volunteer Fire Wardens of WilliamBburgh ; and also in placing the Buildings Department undor the control of the Common Council instoad of the Committee of the Volunteer Fund. Mr. Rorko has evidently been working hard in the Burvey of buildings and the enforcement of prooautions against fire. But the law as it stands is bo confused and partial that no effective superintendence of buildings throughout the city is possible. Thore is no legislative reform moro urgent - than an ainendmont of tho Fire aud Buildings Laws, to placo Mr. Burke's department under tho City Government, and extend his functions ovor tbo buildings in tho Eastorn as well as the Western District. THE CENTRAL KITODEJf. Commencement of Operations The modus Operandi The Advantages to be Gained Brooklyn to be Etcltevcd from Dyspepsia A Practical Example. On Monday last Professor Blo't put in operation his much talked of project, fhe Central Kitohon. Ho has established himself at No. 105 Hamilton street a few doors below Myrtle avenue, and from this depot proposes to supply people to order with meals already cooked, delivered at thoir houses. Tho Prof ossor is in fine spirits over the prospects of snocess, and has not the least doubt of obtaining a sure footing. Monday was the day fixed upon to oommeneo operations, and upon that day ho did commence although hardly prepared for it. The orders camo so qniokly during the day that he was compelled to refuse very many. Ho is the roeipiont of many visits from persons who como to inquiro into the modue operandi and from tho30 visit - ' ora ho recoives the assurance of support. THE M0DTJS OPEBANDI. Although the project has already been detailed at length in the Eaolb, a brief description will be given again. Prof. Blot hs dompleted a kitchen where he can preparo daily, food for three hundred poople. His customers are furnished with a bill of fare, embracing as great a variety of dishes as can be found upon tho bill of faro at Delmonieo's, with pricoa attached. The customer selects what he wishes, and sonde the list of selections, with the number of persona to be catered for, and tho hour at which thoy would dine, to tho Central Kitchen. At the Kitohen the soieotions aro prepared and placed in tin cftUB or pails, aud these act in a bosket lined with felt. As this felt is a non - conductor of heat, the dinner is kept perfectly warm for hreo hours. At the proper time tho dinner, alroady cooked, arrives at the house, and tho family has but to sit down and cat. ADVANTAGES GAINED. Very naturally, tho question arises of what advantage is all this V What is a family to gain by boing supplied with meals already prepared 1 Well, hero are Bome of tho advantages. Money is saved, health is prosorved, and comfort is obtained. MONEY IS SAVED. In tho first place, Professor Blot in preparing food for thrco hundred peoplo buys in large quantities, and consequently buys at a muoh chcapor rato than tho buyor of a family can, and preparing it in largo quantities . can do so at less cost than can the families. In the second placo, tho family baving no cooking to do in the houBO dispenses with a cook and Bavca'her wagos. It is not necessary to havo a rango in tho houso, and consequently tho cost of from ten to twenty tons of ooal per year is saved. Cooks are not the most economical peoplo in the world, aud do not exert themselves as a general thing to economise the materials with which they havo to deal, so that tho wastage is also savod. A gentleman, who callod at tho Central Kitohon at tho timo our reporlor was. there, stated that his oxperlenco in houso - keoplng bad taught him that his cook wasted of tho materials furnished her to prepare food for his family fully one - half, and he felt justified in saying that he could, by adopting tho plan of tho Contral Kitohon, savo, by roduotion in servant hire, coal bill and cost of cooking materials alono, fifty dollars a month, or six hundred dollars a year. In tho third placo, on being served by tho Kttchon with food for just tho number required, thore would bo no great amount of food thrown away after moals. In tho fourth plaoe, as Prof. Blot buys in largo quantitios, he can sell to tho consumor at prices, even below the cost of tho raw materials to tho families, HEALTH IS PRESERVED. In France cooking has been raised to tho dignity of a science and digestion oatcred for as muoh as is tho palate. Dyspepsia docB not find so many victims as in this country, where nearly every man and woman who reaches maturity may thank their stars, that nothing hut an iron stomach has granted them a lease of life. Prof. Blot employs cooks who havo mado tho art of cooking a Btudy, and he, who is himself a soientlno cook, practically as wU as theoretically, superintends all. Thus you will havo far better prepared food than if it were done at home, and your digestion bo batter looked after than it is at present. COMFORT IB OBTAINED. By adopting this modo of being supplied by the kitohon, tho annoyance of having the smell of cooking food pervading every apartment is avoided. There p one less sorvant to bo watched over. In evef y house, preparing for meals is fully thrce - quartere of tho duty of a knoBe - keener. All this is avoided. There 1b no going to the market, nor to the grooors every morning. There is no failure of thebutoher, or grocer, or markotman, to come to lime at the right moment. All tha petty annoyances (and these mako op the Bum total of human misery) are avoided. No 1 under the now order of things the bill of fare 1b taken up, the' selection made, and the meal dismissed from the mind, until it la time to eat it,. Husbands, think how your comfort will be inoreasedl Tour wives, having no meals to look after, can derotq thoir whole timo and energies to keeping your buttons on, your shirts, and a thousand other little comforts. Great it Blot. A PRACTICAL EXAMPLE. Below we present tbo copy of a biU for a lunch soot to a family residing upon the Helghths. It la callod a. runob by the order, is so entorod upon tho nooks of tho kitchen, but many pooplo would call it a good - sizodj 'dinner. It is intended for soven persons, and; was sent over a railo after being cooked. The report from it was that it was delicious, and the family was onrollod as a regular customer of the kitohon. It is below: 3 pints of tomato soap, aflSo... 45 pounds of turkoy with gravy, at 35o. .. .$2,19 7 plates of mashed potatoes, at 5o 35 7 " " hominy, at 8o 56 5 " " peas, (two cans), at OOo 1.00 t " " cabinet pudding, at 20o 80 Total, for soven peoplo $5.85 Cost per person about 77 cents. It will bo soon by the above that the meat is sold by tho weight and it dopends entirely with' the person ordering how much shall bo sent them. From the number of peoplo who havo signified their intontion of being supplied by tho Kitohon, Prof. Blot is assured of success and thinks that before the Winter is over, ho will hare to proouro larger quarters. THE FINANCIAL CONDITION OF TAB CUT. EX - SBPEBYISOR SCHOLES REVIEWS THE MAYOR'S MESSAGE. Tho Debt o the City What Wo Etave to Show for It Tho Public Improvements made this Year A Moro Hopeful View of tho Future than that talc - en by the Mayor. Tt the Editor of the Brooklyn Eagle. I have been requested by some of our largest taxpayers to oxamino into tho statement made in tho Mayor's Messago relating to our bonded indebtedness. Having on two occasions as chairman of committees of the Board of Supervisors examined and reported to that Board on the subject, and my reports being so much at variance with the Mayor's statements, they wished mo to continue the examination down from tho timo I mado the report to the present time. THE MATOE AMD THE MTV. DEBT. The Mayor makes our city dobt $23,254,0501 make it a very different amount. It would be much moro satisfactory if space would allow mo to set down the several kinds of bonds issued by the oity in detail, but this would make far too long an article for publication in a daily paper. I tbereforo proposo to classify the bonds undor several heads : BONDS THE CITI HAS 10 PAT. City bonds for sundry purposes $1,118,100 Water bonds 7,205,000 Prospect Park bonds, for land taken 4,004,158 Prospect Park bonds, for improving, &c 8,260,842 Docks, JiC, Wallabout Bay '. 803,000 Total.., $10,529,100 The abovo are all the bonds tho city really owes. THE SINKING FUND. TVe havo in our Sinking Fund $1,189,000 in bonds. Part of thiB I havo deducted from the bonds I quote in their several classes. In addition to bonds wo have in tho Sinking Fund $100,000 in cash and $109,630 raised for this fund in this year's taxos ; our oity revenue, do - rived from collection fees, defaults, fcc, will bo over $240,000; monoy advanced by tho city to pay interest, &c, on bonds issued for local improvements, to be repaid whon tho assessments are laid, $195,175.48, to be deducted from the debt of $10,529,100, leaving it $15, - 444,274.52. WHAT THE OITV HAS TO SHOW FOB ITS DEBT. With regard to tho first itom $1,130,000, tho city has to offset it our City Hall and land surrounding it. Washington and tho City Park, School - houses, Station - houses, Engine - houses, &c, which aro all pledged or mortgaged to pay our bonds and would sell for ovor doublo tho amount of this itom. THE WATEB DEPARTMENT DEBT, With regard to tho second and largest itom the Wator Bonds, as a burden on our taxpayers. It can hardly be called a debt against the city because the receipts from tho Water rontB nearly pay the wholo interost on these bonds. On the 4th of October last, "the Mayor sent a communicatioa to th Board of Supervisors from whioh I sxtract tho following, speaking of tho Water debt and tbo money to bo raised to pay the interest. He says : The Borenue f tho Department is now sufficient to pay its running exponses, and the interest on all tho debt contracted for tho erection of tho 'WorkB, up to 1EB7. Tho national Water - Main laid in 18B7 - 8; Engine No. 3, authorized in 1868, and the new Force - Main laid this year, coBt together, $1,280,000. The interest on the sum oxpended on thoso Works ordered mainly in view of tho future is $70,800, and this amount, it will bo necessary to raise for the current year, in tbe gonoral tfjc Martin KiinFLEisoH, Mayor. Bvau M, Johmsoh, Comptroller. Thus it appears from tho Mayor's official statement that this large Bum of $7,265,000 calls on us to raise only $76,800 per year for a few years to meet tho interest which, with $50,000 for the sinking fund, will givo us the water works free to tho oity, and wipe out this $7, - 265,000. TheBe works aro specially pledged to pay these bondB, and would readily sell for double their cost. THE PKOSPEOT PABK DEBT. The next item is Prospect Park Bonds. Tho oity paid $4,004,158 for the land, the largest portion of which was taken before tho recent rise in the value of real'eatatei and if' It were decided to abandon the Park and. sell it out for building parposos, and weallowod for the samo rise in value in this part of the oity that has takon place in other parts, then the Park would to - day sell for far mora than $7,000,000 for building purposes. THE WALLABOUT IMPROVEMENT. Dock property wo all know rises in valao daily, and as the $863,000 represents the cost of the docks and im. prov omenta without the Band (for that was obtainedfrom tho United States Government) it is fair to assume that these docks aro worth far more than the cost $863,000. THE WATEB DEPAETMENT DEBT AGAIN. Thus it appears that although the oity owoa a bonded indebtedness of $15,444,274.52, yot wo have only interest to pay on $9,544,100. Tho revenue from the Water Department according to tho Mayor's communication to tho Board of Supervisors paying tho interest on $5,985,000 and ho assures the Board that the $1,280,000 "is oxpended for workBmainly for the future" therefore tho interest on it has only to bo provided temporarily and tho Water Department will soon pay tho full intero.'t on all the bonds issued for these works. This will relieve us from interest on the wholo $7,205,000 and thus with nssets purchased with these bonds that uro worth double the amount of the debt, we shall only be called upon to pay interest on half of it for a fow years until our Sinking Fund provides for it in full. DEBTS CONTRACTED BX SPECIAL COMMISSIONS. I now como to another claBS of bonds issued by tho city undor direction of special laws passed by the Logis - lature, organizing special oommlssionB, etc., suoh as Third streot, Oowanue Canal, Bushwick boulovard, otc. In these the city loans its credit, but tho laws provide that the property benefited will havo oventually to pay for tho bonda issued. Hero aro issued of this class of bonds, $2,524,500. Some of those improvements have been finished, and assessments have been laid and are in process of collection ; in ono Instance nearly tho whole is collected. The Collector finds no difficulty in collecting. The money is paid in yearly instalments. and the Collector is continually asked to recoivo tho whole amount due on tho lots, instoad of the instalment provided by law. Some of tho Commissions have unjustly dehtyod fin ishing np their business, and the city has had to advance money to pay interest, but for this the oity had a Hen on tho property which will be oollectcd when tho assessment is laid. The Collector apprehends no diffi culty in collecting those assessments. Numbers of property owners call on him daily to know if tho assess ments have not been laid, they being anxious to pay be fore any defaults or penalties are incurred. These im provements are seattored over tho whole city, and have greatly improved the property fronting on thorn. Tho Gowanus Canal Improvement has ohangod worthless salt meadow and Bwamp into valuable dock lots, soiling for over $2,000 each. THE STREET IMPROVEMENTS. The street improvements have doubled and trebeled the value of property on them, lots that could be pur chased for $2,500, Belling now at $10,000, and other lots sold Just before the improvement was made for $600, now selling for $2,500 each. As these improvements sel dom cost over $900 per lot, and the assessments aro paid in yearly instalments, extonding over ten years, thore can be no doubt as to tho safety of the city in loaning its credit by issuing tho bonds. ASSESSMENT FUND AND SEWERAGE BONDS. - I now come to another class the Assessment Fund and Sowerage Bonds. Of theso tho city has issued $3,742,450. These are only temporary loans, mado to onablo tho city to pay contractors for building Bowers, paving streetB, &c Thoy are mado for throe years, to enablo the city to finish tho work and oollect the assessment. The interest at seven per cent, is always paid by tho property benefitted, and as a largo portion of this money is couected and paid ovor to tno Commis sioners of the Sinking Fund three months after the assessments are laid, the city derivoB a large profit for loaning its orodit. Theso bonds havo never before beon considered as a city debt. Ko interest has ever boon raised by the city for these bonds, and although they have been issued for years the amount issued has never befoio been published. ffHB 1XTENT OF TEE IMPBOVEMENT3 MADE THIS TEAR. Th rapid increaso of population in our city, and tho largo number of buildings erected in tho past three years, has compelled us to extend our Wator Works and likewise to build sowers and pave streets to a much grcater'extent than we havo ever done before. Vacant lots on improved streets were boing fast taken up, and we had cither to extend our paved streets, water pipes and sowers, or entirely Btop the growth of the oity. To moot tho demands for moro improvod property wo havo in tho post year graded and pavod eleven miles of new Btrccts and have seventeen milos undor contract (partly paid for.) Wo have laid 125,000 squaro feet of sidewalk ; wo have repaved four miles of cobblo stono ; wo havo replaced nearly cloven miles of cobblo stones with improved pavemonts; wo havo laid twenty - two miles of sewers and twenty - two miles of water pipe, all but the latter to bo paid for by loeal assessments. Nono of thoso assessments havo yet been collected and these with the improvements made for tbo past three years, account for this $3,742,450 of local improvement bonds. The bonds boing issued for threo years cannot bo paid until they become due. THE GROWTH OF THE OITT. To show the necessity for these improvements I will glvo tho number of buildings erected in eaoh year, for the past few years, 1864, 710 buildings; 1865, 721; 1866, 1,068; 1807, 1,662; 1868, 2,631; 1869, 2,994. ThUB we havo orcetod in tho Oity of Brooklyn in tbe past throo years 7,887 buildings a eity in itsolf. Wo have had stroct Howers,water facilities,sohool houBos and tho. conveniences of a oity to provide for this inorease of population. To provide for it in our yearly taxes would be ,TUinous, and a middlooourae has beon adopted. A part is provided for In yoarly taxes, part is extended ovor three years until assessments can bo laid "and collected, and part is extended for a term of years, with a sinking fund provided for in our yearly taxes. Our debts whon oonaidored with reference to the objects for which the debts were contracted, aud ob increaso of population, aro evidences of inoreased prosperity. If wo stopped paving streets, building sawers, or extending our water mains and sudoIv. wo should in two years entirely stop tho growth of our city. We aro yearly paying off bonds oontraotcd Tears uast.aad as our ratio of population increases year - lv bo onr bonds issued increase likewise; when our eity ,1s finished our debts will rapidly diminish, but tho moro rapidly our populotion' inoreases the more, rapidly our temporary debtB will increaso wtowiso. FBED. K. SflHOLES. Tt.t. Tjientenant Colonel Briosa of the Thir teenth Bogtment, is, wo are paiaed to loan), oonflned his house by BOTere lit oi liinoBS.,

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  1. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle,
  2. 12 Jan 1870, Wed,
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