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The Charitable Union

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At the animal meeting of the Chariable Uuion the following officers were lected lor the ensuing year: President-Mre. M. L. D'Ooge. Ist Yice-president- Mrs. E. Sreele. 2d " " - Mrs.John V.Sheeuin. Secretary - Mrs. B. A. Finney. Treasurer - Mrs. Pliilip Bach. The ward committees were appointed is follows : Ist Ward - Mrs. O. M. Martin, Miss Sager. 2d Ward- Mrs. Philip Bach, Miss ioys. Sd Ward- Mrs. W. J. Booth, Mrs. Wetmore. 4th Ward- Mrs. Parker, Miss Henïing, Mrs. R. A. Beal, Mrs. Sheelian. 5th Ward- Mrs. John M.Wheeler.Miss Matilda Brown, Mrs. Sheelian. 6th and 7tli Wards- Miss Matilda Brown, Mrs. B. A. Finney. The reports of the Secretary and Creasurer for the past year are as folows : The Charitable Union entered upon the year just closed with less courage than usual. But little interest had been shown in its work and before June the ;reasury was virtually exhausted. But 'our ladies were present at the April meeting and only six in May. At this meeting the question of abandoning the work altogether was seriously discussed. Unless more money was received this would of course be necessary, but it was feit that the city eould not care for all the cases which come to the attention of the Union, and that if possible it must continue its work, restricting it however to the most pressing cases, especially tliose where sickness and poverty are combined. The secretary was instructed to send a brief statement of facts to the city papers. The Union did not wish to beg for support, but simply lo inake it clear that either it ïnust have more nioney or else must turn over all care of the poor to tlie city authorities. Au adjournment was made (rom May to October. Meautime the public statement brought a small ainount of money inte the treasury, and what Iittle work was really necessary during t.he simimer was done. In the autnmn however the outlook was still not very bright. But few attended the October meeting anc not even a quorum was present ii November. The treasury was still very low, and it was more apparent thai ever that our work must in the main bo confined to caring for the sick. It was not deemed wise to distribute Thanks giving dinners. The last three months of the yea have been more encouraging. The Thanksgiving contribution at the churches was as usual given to the Union and cousequeutly at the begin ning of winter there was nearly $104.00 in the treasury, which if expendet carefully would be sufficient to carry on the work fnr some months. During the year 73 visits have been received by members of the ward com mittees and 82 have been made. Forty three families have been assisted Second hand clothing valued at $79.5 bas been distributed, and also a larg mimber of new garmeuts made in th Sewing School, or received from th Needie Work Guild. During the year the question oL a fed eration of oharities has been somewha discussed. It bas seemed to some tha it would be vvell if tliis could be brough aboüt, or if at least the work of tb Charitable Union and of the Needl Work Guild could be united ánder on leader. It was agreed that it could thu be done more effectually, and certainl with less labor. A committee of repre sentatives of the two societies met t discuss the subject more fully, bu decided that for the present no chang of organization could be effected, thoug n time it may be brought about Meantime the subject can be agitated During the year we have receive special gifts from Mis. Angelí, Mrs Noah Cheever, Mrs. R. A. Beal, Mrs Joseph Clark, Mr. Martin Halier, Mi B. Schumacher, and the Washtenai Times. To these frienda we expres our thauks, as well as to the city paper (Continued on 8th Page.) THE CHAR1TABLE UNION. ((Jontlnued from lst Page.ï for their contiuued eourtesy in printing our notices free of expense. I have said we liad sufficieut inoney for our winter's work. While tliis is in one sense true, tliat we sliould have spent more freely and doul)tless have done more good, had we not alvvays been restraineil by the knowledge that we must make what me had in hand last as long as possible. .Whenever we could we have turued off cases. We have said, " We can buy no more slioes. The city mvst do this. We cannot send this poor woman to the hospital. We will ask the King's Daughters to take her case," and the King's Daughteis did so. Probably at times we have been too fearful lest the money fail, and have not expended it as freely as would have been wise. In consequence however of our economical management, we can carry on our work until another Thanksgiving, wken we shall doubtless receive a good contribution. Bat in view of all the work which might be done by the Union, we eau but express the wish that duriug the coming year, more money might be placed at our disposal, both by means of membership fees and by special gifts. Maky W. D'Ooge. TKEASUREK'S EEPOKT. Maren 3, Balance in treasury ï u 42 Memberships 3n W Mrs. R. A. Heal 10 UO Mrs. J. B. Augell 5 011 Sale oí bread by 11. Schumacüer 14 00 l Andrew's C'iiurch (ThauksgivIng) 21 17 Union .Service (Thauksgiving)., _ 54 50 Hpecial Uonations 13 C5 17S 74 Amount paid out. lst Ward S 5 50 2d " 16 00 3d " 22 25 4th ■■ 34 52 ótll " 15 Ml) 6ih " - 6 25 Bewlng Scliooi 8 uu Special work 10 00 Hospital 5 00 $122 42 Balance í 56 32


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