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Fin DAY, APRIL 14, 1905.
CRITTENTON HOME. "1 like for the girls to look upon me as a mother and feel th.it this is their home," said Mrs. Conner, matron of the Critenton home for fallen women and destitute girls. .Mrs. Conner is a Hweet-faced, motherly woman. whose every word and action shows that she is in sympathy with the work which she is so ably superintending. How many girls are there in the house now, asked the visitor to whom Mrs. Conner had addressed the pre vious remark. "Twenty-six." was the an swer, "hut I would not have you think that they are all fallen women. Some are desti tute, homeless and friendless, and in some cases in poor health. Here they have a home as long as they wish it and, for the most part, they seem to feel at home." How many babies are there in the house now .' was asked. "Ten babies and one expected in a few days now. We teach the girls to love their babies, in fact, the great mother love is horned with the baby, but we try to impress it upon them that the babies are theirs regardless of the preceding circumstances and theirs it is to love and care for them. We do not put a premium upon crime, but we do strive to teach the mothers to love their babies, and our rule is that each woman who enters the home must remain for six months, by the ex piration of that time we hope to have in stilled in her mind the firm belief that she vet has a chance in the world to make her self a useful woman." Do tlu- »irls con fide in you to any great extent .' asked the visitor. "Some do and some do not," replied Mrs. Conner. "There are no questions asked. All confidences are voluntary. If a girl comes to us and says her name is Mary, she is known as Mary, and no one questions her. All she has to do is to comply with the rules of the house and she is at home protected from the world as Long as she cares to remain. The work of the home, of course, is done by the inmates and each one takes her part just as she would be expected to do in her own mother's house. The girls have woven 50 odd yards of rag carpet which we will use when we do our spring cleaning. We use every precaution with the mothers during their critical period and after confinement they are not permitted to do any work for eighteen days, and then \ery light tasks only. We want to be sure that there will be no physical ailments due to improper care dur ing confinement to hinder them as they go forth with their new charges to fight the battle of life." Mrs. Conner upon request gave some of the rules by which those in the home are governed. No girl is permitted to leave the "rounds without permission, all telephoning must be done by permission, let ters sent or received must be inspected, all visitors must be seen by the matron first, no member of the home is permitted to go to the city without an escort from the home, and the motto of the home is. Do Bight. "These miles are for the protection of the girls and also to sustain the good name which the home has in the neighborhood, city and state." .Mrs. Conner never tires of telling of her work among the girls. "I am much in sympathy with the work," she said, "else I would not be here. No questions are asked the girls, but we have our little quiet hours nil to ourselves and many :i one pours into THE SEATTLE REPUBLICAN my ears her life's secret. There are instances where I have been able to help restore a girl to her home from which she had been driven. Only last week two mothers with their little babies left us. They bade me good-bye and wept as if they were Leaving their mothers." "No," replied the matron in reply to ;i query, "money is not necessary. If a »iii can pay -$20 or .+25 to help cover the expenses of her confinement we are glad, but those who have not a cent fare just the same as those who may be wealthy." After being shown through the home from nursery, where the tots, big and little, played in the sunshine, to the dining room, where Mrs. Conner said there was always room for one more, the visitor departed. As she sat in the car she remembered that Mrs. Conner expressed such an earnest wish that she was able to paper and paint some of the most needy rooms in the home while doing the regular spring cleaning, and the Avish for means to help the institution was upmost in the visitor's mind while the car sped Seattlewards. LOCAL BRIEFS. Work lias actively been begun on the four new sky scrapers of this city, and it is hoped by those having charge of the work to have them completed in Jess than a year from the time they were started. It took just one year to complete the Alaska Building, which is a fourteen-story one. but that kind of work was the first undertaken in this city, and therefore it is not believed it will take quite so long to complete the structures now under erection as that one. The office of Brady & Gay has been moved from the old Roxwell block to the twelfth Moor of the Alaska Building, where they are pleased to meet their old friends and cus tomers, as well as any new ones who might want their Legal services. Mrs. -lack Stringer, as a special United States deputy marshal, went to Juneau. Alaska, last Wednesday in charge of a woman prisoner. Mrs. Stringer is the first woman deputy marshal of the Northwest. Attention, Attorneys! Attention! You would do well to send your legal notices for publication to The Seattle Republican. Phone Main 305, Independent 1,306. Office. 214 Columbia, with Acme Pub. Co. What Alpheus Byers lacks-of being a shabby little human lice would rest on the point of a cambric needle, but every attorney at the bar and every court attache of the King county superior court knows this, hence it's not much news. The schools of the city will have their spring vacation beginning at the close of school's today. The vacation will last for one week. During the week the teachers of both the county and the city will hold a union institute, at which an interesting pro gramme for teachers will be rendered each day. During the month of March there were in Seattle 171 births and 99 deaths. Seventy males were borned and 58 males died: 101 females were borned and 41 females died. The population of Seattle is estimated ai MO.OOO, that makes the death rate b'(i per cent. There were 28 cases of measles, IS cases of scarlet fever and 16 cases of diph theria. There were two deaths caused by the last named malady. Twelve deaths resulted from external vio lence. There was one homicide and four cases of self-destruction. The Westerner is a neAv monthly magazine that has just been issued by Edgar L. Hamp ton, formerly editor and proprietor of the Mail ami Herald. The magazine is well edited and for the first number well patronized by the business world. Nine thousand copies of the initial number were printed and circu lated. The Seattle Republican Wants 500 New Subscribers By the First Day of May rf? Start the Ball to Rolling by Sending in Your Name The Seattle Republican Seattle, Wash.