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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 14, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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New York, Feb. 14. "Otiver Twist,"
the story with its pitiable child vic
tims drawn from life in English work
houses, is being outdone by asylums
and orphapages in New York and vi
cinity, according to investigators.
Boys lapping soup from sloppy ta
bles; children scarred by whippings;
filth that made rooms resemble pig
pens; boys and girls weak and anae
mic from lack of nourishment; show
er baths used only as punishment; lit
tle girls doing the work of women,
are conditions being described daily
by Deputy Charities Commissioner
Wm. J. Doherty before a commission
appointed by Gov. Whitman to inves
tigate charges against various insti
tutions. Doherty testified that in an orphan
asylum in W. 259th st, the beds were
springless, encrusted with dirt and
covered with hard, thin pads and
dirty linen.
Doherty said that in a certain mis
sion on Staten Island he found the
play hall and dining room disgusting
ly filthy, that food was served in
greasy pails by boys who had not
washed their hands, and that dinner
was stew, stew, stew.
For 200 boys there was one soap
dish and not a single tooth brush, he
testified, and in the girls' department
there were 54 children with vermin
on their heads.
The plight of many children at a
Yonkers institution was described as
most pitiful. A physician stated bet
ter physical types of children could
usually be found at a tuberculosis
Doherty testified that following his
visit to the institution he received a
letter saying some of the children had
been hidden away in a closet because
blood had been drawn from them by
a yvhlppjng strap. ,
New York, Feb. 14. While sensa
tional disclosures are being made re
garding treatment of children in in
stitutions New York is buying $100
dolls and $500 bird cages.
But $500 to house a bird in a gilded
cage when poor orphans are suffer
ing was outdone when P. P. Avery of
New York paid $2,600 for a kennel
for a dog.
The kennel, auctioned at the
American art galleries with the dolls,
bird cages and other items in the Ya
manaka collection, is a brass struc
ture on four wheels, all ornamented
with cloisonne enamel picturing
dragons among the clouds, in turquoise-blue,
white, vermilion and yel
low on a deep lapis-blue ground.
The roof is of gilded rods, arching
to a bell-shaped dome in champleve
The kennel is of the Ch'ienlung dy
nasty, according to an inscroption.
The dog can drink from a Ch'ien
lung water or milk dish inscribed with
the seal of the reign, and can eat
from a feedtub of the same period.
For the dog and his kennel there is
a night covering of blue silk embroid
ered in gold thread with peonies,
pomegranates and peaches.
Two other kennels in the Yama
naka collection also brought fancy
prices. One, an antique red lacquer
affair, was provided with a Chinese
silk brocade quilted mat
Japanese dolls auctioned were cos
tumed in the richest silks and bro
cades. o o
Philadelphia. "Chicken flotilla" is
under ban at League Island navy
yard. Lieut Commander Davis or
dered officers to refuse admission to
numerous young women flocking to
greet sailors.
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