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A. O. WRIGHT,
RECORDING SECRETARY OF THE CONFERENCE AND SECRETARY OF THE
BY THE MIDLAND PUBLISHING CO.
Prof. A. O. WRIGHT, .... Madison, Wis.
Dr. CHARLES S. HOYT, . - . Albany, N. Y.
PETER CALDWELL, - - - Louisville, Ky.
Rev. H. H. HART, St. Paul, Minn.
Democrat Printing Co., Madison, Wis.
The Tenth Annual Conference of Charities and Corrections, which met at Louisville, Ky., September 24-30, 1883, was the largest and most representative body of the kind ever assembled in this country. Nearly every state in the Union was represented by persons officially connected with State Boards of Charities or with charitable and penal institutions, or with voluntary charitable organizations. Nearly every variety of charitable or penal work was represented. Some of the most valuable papers ever prepared upon these subjects ar*. to be found in these pages.
There was an embarrassment of matter in the programme, causing this volume to be much larger than any of its predecessors, notwithstanding considerable material has been omitted by the editor, and most of the discussions were imperfectly reported.
Among the features of special value in this year's proceedings are:
1. An able President's address, defining the work of public charity, by Mr. Fred H. Wines, of Illinois.
2. A very full report of the work of Boards of State Charities, by Bishop G. D. Gillespie, of Michigan.
3. A very full series of reports from the Charity Organization Societies of our cities, supplemented by discussions and addresses by the leading men in this line, setting forth that comparatively new subject better than it has ever been presented before.
4. A very able series of papers on the treatment of criminals, by some of the best penologists of the country.
o. A searching arraignment of the Contract Lease System in the Southern States, drawn from their own official reports by George W. Cable, of Louisiana, the great southern novelist.
6. A paper on Hebrew Charities in the Middle Ages by a leading Hebrew Eabbi.
7. Papers and discussions upon Preventive Work among Children, the care of the Chronic Insane, the Cottage Plan of Building for the Insane, the Education of the Deaf and Dumb, Preventive Medical Charities, and reports from a large number of institutions and state boards.
It is a source of some little state pride to the editor, and may be of interest to the reader, to know that not only was the mechanical work of this volume done in a Wisconsin printing office, but that the paper on which it was printed was manufactured in Wisconsin; and that the heliotype of a former President of the Conference, which forms the frontispiece, was made by a Wisconsin establishment, the proprietor of which claims to have been the first to introduce the heliotype process into this country.
Some very unfortunate circumstances, not under the control of the editor, have much delayed the completion of this volume of the Proceedings. Measures have been taken to guard against their recurrence.
It is expected that the next Conference, to be held at St. Louis, October 13-18, 1884, will be large in numbers and full of interest. Programmes will be furnished by the President of the Conference, Hon. W. P. Letch worth,, of Buffalo, N". Y., on application to him.
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Prelim inary Ma tter.