Almshouse Women: A Study of Two Hundred and Twenty-eight Women in the City and County Almshouse of San Francisco, Volume 3

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W.J. Schofield, Printer, 1895 - Almshouses - 44 pages
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Page 31 - Of drink in all its combinations, adding to every trouble, undermining every effort after good, destroying the home and cursing the young lives of the children, the stories tell enough.
Page 34 - It was not one which the author anticipated when the collection of statistics began; and yet it has been confirmed and re-confirmed in so many ways, that the conclusion seems inevitable that the figures set forth real and important facts. Personal acquaintance with the destitute classes has further convinced him that most of the causes of. poverty result from or result in a weakened physical and mental constitution, often merging into actual disease.3 Nearly all of the causes named might furthermore...
Page 21 - Warner comments on these figures as follows: "It should also be noted that a considerable number of those selfdependent at the time would probably with advancing years become public charges ; and while some of those in a condition of dependency would perhaps eventually become selfsupporting, "they would hardly become so as a permanent thing. It is doubtful if half these children would get through life without a taint of dependency."!
Page 34 - Pauperism is an indication of weakness of some kind, either youth, disease, old age, injury, or, for women, childbirth. " 2. Hereditary pauperism rests chiefly upon disease in some form, tends to terminate in extinction, and may be called the sociological aspect of physical degeneration.
Page 21 - ... the American life of the children. They are therefore quietly thrown back into the almshouse, where they will be reasonably comfortable and unknown to the children's friends. The old people are often resigned to their fate because they are led to believe that the almshouse is a State institution, and that it is the business of the State to take care of them. Often it hurts their pride less to be dependent on that abstract thing, " the State," than upon children and relatives who are ashamed of...
Page 9 - National Conference of Charities, 1889. those who are temporarily dependent, chronic, and incurable paupers."* The amount of patience, ingenuity, and energy necessary to make such labor somewhat profitable, and to fit such laborers — who for the most part have failed to fit anywhere else in the industrial world — into the task which each can do, requires a degree of executive ability and moral fibre rarely to be found. Under the present matron the women of this almshouse have reached a high degree...
Page 6 - Mayor's office no attempt has been made to investigate the worthiness of the applicant ; usually the permit has been given after a few perfunctory questions by the Mayor's secretary, and in one case by the janitor. The City and County Hospital habitually sends to the almshouse convalescents, consumptives, and incurables in all stages, partly to reduce expenses, partly to lower the death rate, and chiefly, it must be said, because there is nowhere else for them to go. As early as 1885 the Board of...
Page 8 - The labor test is the best practical test that has ever been devised to sift out the really needy, and therefore deserving, from those who can but will not earn their own living. The labor test is the one thing dreaded by tramps. It is the best method of reducing unnecessary out-door relief, and it is the best method of driving the drones out of a poorhouse.
Page 35 - The Jukes. Pauperism : A Picture, p. 249. ment and a weakened or a diseased nervous system, produces the kind of insanity most often seen in the almshouse. It is significant that the insanity percentage for American women is 10.5, as against 7.5 for the average of all and 6.8 for the Irish. As has been suggested before in discussing occupation, those women who possess the highest degree of manual skill are as a rule the most contented, and nearly always sweet-tempered. The training of the nervous...
Page 9 - ... most part have failed to fit anywhere else in the industrial world — into some task suited to their limited capacity, requires a degree of ability and moral fibre rarely to be found in an almshouse official. Under the management of Mrs. Ellen Armstrong Weaver, the women of San Francisco almshouse reached a high degree of industrial efficiency, considering their capacities. A prostitute nursed a bedridden girl to whom she had become attached; a deaf and difficult old woman washed, dressed, and...

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