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Following the methods of calculation of the two previous years, we
find the gross amount of expenditure, for the current expenses of the State Farm, for the year 1877, to be. .....
$61,641 64 Deducting receipts for labor, for farm produce, baskets, &c., that is
for earnings, as follows: (See Secretary's report.) From labor of men and teams..
$8,410 12 sale of farm produce.
400 64 baskets.
698 81 sundries..
154 07 — $9,663 64
We have a net expenditure of....
The average numbers in the institutions during the past three years were as follows:
1877. Workhouse and House of Correction....
202 Asylum for the Insane.
Dividing the current expenses, as above, by 550, the average number of inmates, the result shows a cost of $94.51 for each inmate for the year, which is at the rate of $1.82
Gross expenditure for current expenses..
550 $2.62 $2.38 $1.82
The marked decrease in the expenses of the State Farm has been brought about, mainly, by the vigilant supervision of every department by the Superintendent. In the Secretary's report will be found, side by side, the items of current expenses, for 1876 and 1877. It will be seen that all of the items, except a few minor ones, have decreased during the year.
Attention is also called to the decrease of expenses in the department of the Agent of State Charities and Corrections; from $2,436.41, in 1876, to $1,726.12, in 1877.
Statements of the finances of the State Prison will be found under the head of State Prison in this report, and in the report of the Warden.
ESTIMATE OF EXPENDITURES.
Deducting the indebtedness of the Board from the amount due
from the Treasury for the State Farm, there remains, Jan. 1, 1878, an available balance of about..
. $40,000 00 Estimated receipts for board of the insane, to April 30, 1878, about.. 4,900 00
Estimated expenses from January 1, to April 30, 1878, including
probable purchase of fuel for the year, about... L'ndrawn balance remaining, when the appropriation expires,
April 30, 1878, about....
For the fiscal year, ending April 30, 1879, the estimate of expenditures is as follows:
For current expenses.
in 1877, because it is improbable that the number of commit-
. $53,000 00
Additional accommodation at the Asylum for the Insane, if required....
.$4,000 00 Completion of piggery and shed, &c.
500 00 – $4 500 00
For remoral of Paupers, about.
$59,500 00 17,500 00
Deduct estimated receipts for board of the insane, about.....
And the Board of State Charities and Corrections will require, for
the State Farm, etc., for the fiscal year, ending April 30, 1879, an appropriation of $42,000 00.
This estimate is based upon a continuance of the authority, given the past two years, of having the receipts of the Board added to the appropriation. Unless this is done, it will be necessary to add to the amount of appropriation required, the estimated amount of receipts, about $30,000.
The Board will also require an appropriation of $10,000, in addition to the receipts, for the support of the State Prison; this is the same amount that was appropriated at the January Session, 1877, and not used. The reasons for asking for this appropriation are fully stated under the head of State Prison.
All of which is respectfully submitted by the board of State Charities and Corrections.
GEORGE I. CHACE,
Hon. ALLEN C. MATHEWSON, who was seriously ill at the time the preceding pages were written, has since deceased.
At a special meeting of the Board of State Charities and Corrections, held February 23, 1878, on the announcement of his death by the Chairman, the following minute was adopted, and ordered to be entered upon the records of the Board:
Our late associate, ALLEN C. MATHEWSON, after an illness of several weeks, died at his residence, in Barrington, on the 21st of February, 1878, in the seventieth year of his age.
While he will be greatly missed in the community in which he has been for so many years a prominent actor, and will be mourned by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, to us, who, in nearer relations, had just begun to know and appreciate his worth, the loss is especially great.
During the brief period of our official connection with him, we have been impressed with his genial and kindly disposition, with his clear, practical sense, and with his excellent judgment, sobered and trained, as it has been, by a large business experience. In the discharge of our common and high trusts, he was ever ready to take his full share of the responsibility, and to perform his full part of the labor. It was, probably, this unfailing devotion to the duties assumed by him in accepting a place on the Board, that induced the fatal illness by which he was taken from us.
In token of respect for their late associate, the Board resolved to attend in a body his funeral.