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Boone County Recorder
Boone County Recorder
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Description: Indiana Poor Asylum - Sadly in Need of Reformation

Date: May 8 1889

Newspaper published in: Burlington, KY

Source: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov

Page/Column: Page 1, Column 3

INDIANA POOR ASYLUM
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Which is Evidently Sadly in Need of Reformation
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Indianapolis, Ind., May 4.W. Alexander Johnson, secretary of the newly created State board of charities, on his first visit to the public institutions in Northern Indiana, has discovered a horrible condition of affairs in the Carroll County poor asylum, which he described as the worst place of the kind he had ever seen. The place in which the insane are kept he reports as indescribably bad. In speaking of it he says: "Three of the women are kept in a pen. One of them is a repulsive and indecent woman, but one is a woman whose face shows that she is not of the coarsest kind, and she appeared to be rather clean. The filth of the room in only language that can be decently used, was simply horrible, and the odor arising from it was sickening. They are kept confined in the place constantly, and if they were not insane their surroundings would certainly make them so." The asylum has been in the condition described for many years, but the county officers promised Mr. Johnson that the essential changes suggested by him would be made.

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