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which is at the rate of $1.82 per week. In 1876, it was $2.38, and in 1875, $2.62.

By referring to the account of the Board with the Treasury, given below, it will be seen that there was on Jan. 1, 1878, an undrawn balance of appropriations for the support of the State Farm, of $44,176.17, against $18,740.78 on Jan. 1, 1877. At the present rate of expenditure there will be a considerable balance undrawn, at the end of the State Fiscal year, April 30, 1878. The account also shows that the payments from the Treasury for the support of the State Farm during 1877, were $69,843, and that the sum of $31,278.49 collected for board of the insane from the towns, &c., from the Prison Commission for labor, &c., and from other sources, was paid into the Treasury by the Board, leaving a balance of $38,564.61 as the net amount drawn. Add to this the sum of $1,500 drawn from the appropriation for land, and $816.37 drawn from an appropriation for the repair of the Pontiac road, and we have the sum of $ 10,982.98 as the net amount drawn for all purposes.

The Workhouse and House of Correction, as will be seen by referring to the table of statistics below, has received a smaller number of inmates than in several years past; the number of commitments having been only 377 against 545 in 1876, and 562 in 1875.

The labor of the inmates has been employed mainly upon the Farm in quarrying stone for the new Prison, and in taking care of and repairing the buildings.

The position of deputy of the Workhouse has been vacant

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since last April, and the Superintendent has been performing the duties of this office, as well as those of farmer, in addition to his own. Recently, however, a young man has been placed in this position on trial. With this important place well filled, and with the hearty support of the citizens of the State, it would seem that the State Farm ought to attain a high degree of success.

The Asylum for the Insane remains under the efficient care of Mr. & Mrs. Fred. W. Perry, and is often spoken of as a most admirably managed Institution by those who visit it. During the year an addition has been made to the cottage for excited patients, at a cost of about $1,000. This addition was built to furnish dining rooms for the occupants who formerly were obliged to go to the other buildings, whatever the state of the weather, for their meals. There has been a gradual increase in the number of the inmates of the Asylum since its organization, and it is feared that the present accommodations will soon be too small for the number sent to it. Additional room, when needed, can be obtained by adding to one or more of the present buildings.

The inmates of the Almshouse have been most faithfully cared for during the year by the deputy and matron, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. G. Ward, and as much comfort has been provided for this class of dependents as the condition of the building will allow.

The establishment of a home for the children who come to the Almshouse, orphans and the offspring of criminals and of confirmed paupers, is the most pressing need felt by those who have the charge of our dependents.

The amounts drawn from and paid into the Treasury, on account of

the several appropriations made for the use of the Board of State Charities and Corrections during the year ending Dec. 31st, 1877, are as follows:

APPROPRIATION FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE FARM.

R. I. State Treasury, in account with Board of State C. and C.

DR.

Balance of appropriation of 1876, undrawn
Jan. 1st, 1877....

$18,740 78 Appropriation made at January Session, 1877. 64,000 00 Money paid into the Treasury during 1877.. 31,278 49

CR.

Payments for the support of the State Farm

during 1877...... Balance available January 1st, 1878......

$69,813 10 44,176 17

$114,019 27 $114,019 27

APPROPRIATION FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE PRISON.

R. I. State Treasury, in account with Board of State C. and C.

DR.

Appropriation made at January Session, 1877..$10,000 00
Money paid into the Treasury from June 5th,
to Dec. 31st, 1877..

14,439 85

CR,

Payments for prison expenses from Jan. 5th,

to Dec. 31st, 1877.. Balance available January 1st, 1878..........

$14,824 91

9,614 94

$24,439 85 $24,439 85

APPROPRIATION FOR THE PURCHASE OF ADDITIONAL LAND.

R. I. State Treasury, in account with Board of State C. and C.

DR.

Balance of appropriation made at May Session, 1869...

$2,700 00

CR.

Payment for purchase of land of Thomas Grace.
Balance available January 1st, 1878...

$1,500 00 1,200 00

$2,700 00 $2,700 00

APPROPRIATION FOR THE REPAIR OF PONTIAC ROAD.

R. I. State Treasury, in account with Board of State C. and C.

DR.

Appropriation made at May Session, 1877. .....$2,000 00

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