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Another is the unsanitary condition of the hospital. On the second floor of the men's hospital is a flush closet in a small dark recess, which has no ventilation except into a ward. It is filthy, and the leakage soaks down into the kitchen closet below, where bread and other supplies are kept. Such a loathsome and unnecessary condition indicates gross neglect on the part of the medical and administrative officers of the institution.
Schoharie County Almshouse, Middleburgh, N. Y.
Capacity, 40. Estimated value, $30,000. The new almshouse is a two-story brick building, which pro vides ample accommodations for the inmates but not for the officers. As a temporary remedy a large room on the women's side, not at present needed for the women inmates, is used as an officers' sitting room. The almshouse windows are set so high in the wall, that inmates sitting by them cannot see out of doors. The right to some unfailing springs of water was purchased, and proper piping provided, so that the almshouse is now provided with a good water supply. The dietary is good and the almshouse clean and comfortable. Satisfactory management has resulted in placing this almshouse in Class I as to administration.
Sullivan County Almshouse, Monticello, N. Y.
Capacity, 60. Estimated value, $10,000. The Sullivan County Almshouse consists of three frame structures, two of which are very old. The poverty of the inmates is emphasized by their wretched surroundings. Every feature of the institution from the laundry, which is falling down, to the insanitary cow barn suggests penury and discomfort for man and beast. The yard is a mud bed, the buildings need painting, the stair cases are dark and steep, and the dining room inconvenient of access. A new almshouse is needed in a better location. Frequent attention has been called to the disgraceful condition of affairs as to this almshouse, but the supervisors seem to disregard these warnings. While there is some improvement noticeable in the management, unless some permanent improvements are soon provided for, stronger measures may become necessary.
Ulster County Almshouse, New Paltz, N. Y.
Capacity, 110. Estimated value, $71,000. This almshouse is built on the cottage plan. The women's building is too large for present needs and the men's too small. The erection of a much needed hospital would relieve the men's building of its excess population. The interior walls of the almshouse are rough and kalsomined. A smooth finish is desirable. Fire escapes and liquid chemical extinguishers are needed.