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April 7, 1865.... Being

prostitute .. 90 days and costs ... July 7, 1865 June 3, 1867.... Disorderly conduct. . 90 days and costs Dec. 21, 1867 Jan. 5, 1868.... Communicating with

prisoners... 30 days and costs ... January 16, 1868 Jan. 19, 1868.... Communicating with

prisoners.

90 days and costs April 21, 1868 May 2, 1868.... Drunkenness. Fine $5 and costs May 12, 1868 June 5, 1868.... Drunkenness...... Fine $5 and costs ... June 15, 1868 June 23, 1868.... Being

prostitute

60 days and costs ... October 5, 1868 Oct. 13, 1868. ... Communicating with

prisoners... 90 days and costs ... Feb. 1, 1869 March 17, 1869.... Drunkenness. 90 days and costs June 12, 1869 June 15, 1869.... Vagrancy... 10 days and costs ... August 9, 1869 Nov. 5, 1875.... Being common

drunkard..

Delivered to Court.. Nov. 7, 1875 March 3, 1877.... Selling liquor.

Released on bail. March 16, 1877.... Selling liquor....... 10 days, fine $20 and

costs..

July 3, 1877

She is now serving out her sixth sentence to the Workhouse. She has a kindly nature, and, with a better start, might have been a useful and respectable member of society. M M—

was born in Ireland, and came to the United States, with older brothers and sisters, but without parents, at the age of nine. The first two years she lived with a family in the country, and took care of children. At the age of eleven, she was taken by a family in the city for like service, where she remained until she was cruelly wronged, it is said, by one of its members. This was the starting point of her course in evil. Her first appearance in the Provi

. dence County Jail was in 1849. The following is the record of her connection with that institution:

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April 16, 1855.... Drunkenness.. 30 days and costs ... Sept.

18, 1855 Feb. 4, 1856.... Being indecently

drunk.

Fine $20 and costs ... 'April 24, 1856 June 14, 1859.... Habitual drunken

90 days and costs ... October 23, 1859 June 6, 1860.... Vagrancy.

30 days and costs August 16, 1860 Aug. 20, 1860.... Being common

prostitute 90 days and costs ... Nov. 8, 1860 Oct. 7, 1861.... Vagrancy.

90 days and costs ...

Feb.

11, 1802 Sept. 25, 1862.... Vagrancy... 30 days and costs ... Dec. 2, 1862 Feb. 18, 1864.... Vagrancy.

30 days and costs ..: April 18, 1864

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May 27, 1862. ... Defacing building... Fine $1 and costs ... July

10, 1862

July 3, 1863.... Assault....

Fine $20 and costs ... October 21, 1863
June 8, 1864 ... Larceny.

Released on bail
June

10, 1864 April 7, 1865.... Larceny.

30 days and costs ... June 22, 1865 April 11, 1866.... Larceny.

11 months.

April 29, 1867 Aug. 16, 1868.... Drunkenness. ....... Fine $3 and costs ... August 29, 1868 March 14, 1869.... Drunkenness..... Fine $2 and costs ... March 24, 1869 April 26, 1870. ... Drunkenness..... Fine $2 and costs ... May

6, 1870 Sept. 26, 1873. ... Drunkenness...... Fine $2 and costs ... October 29, 1873 May 23, 1874.... Being a lewd, wan

Deliv'd to court ton, &c...

May

27, 1874

She is at present, for the seventh time, at the Work house in Cranston. She has spent one winter in the State Almshouse. She has grown old and grey-headed in crime, and yet, she has not a wholly bad nature;

nor has she, through all her hard experiences, lost her sensibility to acts and words of kindness. To the enquiry of one who took an interest in her, as to how she first got into the wrong path, she replied, the tears coursing down her furrowed cheeks, “It was the same old story. D—- M. F

was born in Providence. He has no remembrance of his father. With only the care of a mother, he early fell into bad associations. When scarcely of the required age, he enlisted in the Third Rhode Island Cavalry, and served during the last two years of the war. After his discharge, he returned to his old associations. His first appearance at the County Jail was in 1860. sent there, as he states, for a blow dealt to a man who had insulted his sister. His record, taken from the books of that institution, is as follows:

He was

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Sept. 8, 1868.... Malicious mischief.. Fine $10 and costs .. Nov. 11, 1868 Nov. 14, 1868.... Larceny..

60 days...

Feb. 22, 1869 July 10, 1869.... Larceny... 30 days...

Sept.

15, 1869 March 16, 1871.... Malicious mischief.. 4 months.

July

13, 1871 April 15, 1873. ... Larceny..

3 months.

July 19, 1873 Feb. 25, 1874.... Larceny..

3 months..

June 15, 1874 June 25, 1874. ... Larceny..

Sept. 12, 1874 April 22, 1876.... Escaping from State Workhouse..

2 months..

Released on bail.

For some years past he has alternated between the County Jail and the Workhouse in Cranston. His sentences to the latter institution cover periods amounting to seven years, nearly one of which he has yet to serve out. He is at present employed in the barn. For the past seven months he has been a “trusted man,” going to and from his work, early and late, with every opportunity of escaping. The officer overseeing him, when asked a short time since what sort of a man he was, said, “He is a dreadful good fellow; I should be very sorry to lose hịm. He is kind, obedient, and faithful; and the best

, , man to work that I ever saw."

Is society in no way responsible for this wrecking of humanity? Can any thoughtful man turn to one of those lost brothers or lost sisters and say? “My skirts are clear. See thou to that.” How many neglected and exposed children,—the offspring of poor, shiftless and vicious parents, are growing up to repeat with variations the above sad histories; unless snatched by the State from their threatened destiny and placed in a suitable home, where they may be trained to habits of industry and virtue, and made respectable members of society? Such a home, wherever located, is the crying want of this community.

The Board are aware that the proper treatment of the unfortunate, erring and vicious classes, is a subject environed by great difficulties; taxing to the utmost the combined resources of the statesman and the philanthropist. They are also aware that it is far easier to point out defects in existing methods, than to show how those defects may be remedied. But nothing is gained without effort. Should it be the pleasure of your honorable body to refer this part of their report to a committee, they will be glad to appear before that committee, and present their views more at length on some of the topics herein considered.

FINANCES.

On the first of January, 1877, the balance to the credit of the appriation for the State Farm, was....

$18,740 78 Appropriation for the State Farm, made at January Session, 1877.... 64,000 00 Balance of appropriation for purchase of land, May session, 1869,... 2,700 00 Appropriation for repair of Pontiac Avenue, May session, 1877..... 2,000 00 Receipts for board of the insane and persons in Almshouse.

17,673 72 from Prison commission....

10,107 90 from other sources.

1,753 99

$116,976 39

The amounts charged to the various expense accounts, to construction, &c., including indebtedness, (that is, these amounts include all purchases made and debts incurred) are as follows: For purchase of land of Thomas Grace....

.$1,500 00 construction..

5,912 49 material and hired labor for Prison Commission...... 1,236 01 removal of paupers, salary and expenses of office of

Agent of State Charities and Corrections....... 1,726 12 payment of indebtedness of 1876......

2,476 14$12,850 76 For current expenses, as follows: For expenses of the farm, purchase of stock, farm implements, &c....

$10,876 02 snbsistence...

.20,458 15 salaries, exclusive of Agent of State Charities and Corrections...

15,460 58 fuel......

4,947 92 furniture....

1,060 09 repairs and improvements.

1,557 57 clothing and bedding..

5,048 09 other expenses. ...

2,233 22—$61,641 64

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$74,492 40

Balance to the credit of appropriation for State Farm on
Treasury books, January 1, 1878....

$44,176 20
Less balance of book accounts (net indebtedness of Board
of State Charities and Corrections)...

4,075 84 Available balance for State Farm...

40,100 36 Balance of appropriation for purchase of land....

1,200 00 repair of Pontiac road... 1,183 63

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Total available balance after settling all accounts...

.$42,483 99

$116,976 39

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