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Jane whitaker visits the house of the
" good shepherd here's her story
By Jane Vhitaker
The House of the Gotod Shepherd
is1 located on Grace and Clark streets
aidrthe grounds and building extend
the length of the hlock. Ahighience
encloses the grounds. The building
iSj immense and very imposing.
,A sister bade me enter and led me
uxrough a reception hall into a rqom,
where she seated me in a chair by
some grilled work which separated
the room from the one behind it
igack of my chair she placed a screen.
..In, this manner the parents of girls
who visit at the home are received.
The girl and a sister enter through a
rear door into the portion of the room
that is partitioned off with a little
door that may be opened to exchange
greetings, and the sister remains dur
ing the entire interview.
The Mother Superior welcomed me
cordially. She told me I might in
spect the house and requested a sis
ter to accompany toe. Then she will
fngly answered questions I asked re
garding criticisms that .had been
made of the House of the Good Shep
herd. When we started our inspection the
first thing that I noticed was the ab
solute cleanness of everything. The
ifoors and woodwork were spotless,
even in the corners where dust so
often has a habit of hiding.
t My attention was attracted to the
gems of art that hung on the walls
qf,the reception hall, but before I had
finished" my inspection I discovered
that there were not more than two
or three rooms in the entire institu
tion that did not have beautiful pic
tures adorning the walls.
. We visited the chapels first. There
aje two of these, one for the juniors
and one for the seniors, and this divi
sion of the two classes of girls is ear
ned on throughout the entire home.
The sister explained that they do not
permit the younger girls to. mingle
with the older and more experienced
girls, even in the chapel.
Both chapels were beautiful. That
I may not be compelled to repeat that
adjective too frequently it might be
well to state that the entire House
of the Good Shepherd is beautiful.
From the chapels we entered a
room where girls were stitching
aprons on power machines. This was
the initial step In teaching them to.
sew. The girls range in age from 15
to 18, and there were about 60 in the
We examined some of the work
and the sister explained to me tba
by teaching them to handle these ma
chines they gave the girls a trade to
follow when they were releasd, and
said that very often employers sent
there for operators.
Then we entered the junior school
rooms, in which is one class in. the
morning and another in the after
noon and in which the children are
taught as they would be in atay city
Next to these rooms was a recrea
tion room, and in that room later in
the afternoon I listened to an orches
tra of the junior girls playing two se
lections and singing "On the Lakes
of Killarneyv" The sister teaches
them to play different instruments
and some of the girls were practic
ing as we went through.
In the corridor there was a large
library and the books were not con
fined to religion, but covered quite
a range of fiction.
"All the girls are taught domestic
science," the sister said to me as we
walked toward another room. "Few
girls really care to do housework, but
a knowledge -of It at least gives them
an opportunity to earn a 2ving hon
estly when, they leave here. The' ju
nior girls are taught- sewing aad
beadwork. Only the senior gfrte are
permitted ta work la the laandiy." -
A little girl of about 16 was oomia&