Contributed by Gigimo
Description: Little Ones for Missouri. Thirty-Five Orphan Babes Imported From New York.Date: June 13 1895
Newspaper published in: Kansas City, MO
Thirty-five motherless little tots, none of them older than 5 years, turned the Union depot into a nursery for two hours this morning. They were orphans from the Foundling and Orphan asylum of New York city and were on their way to Carthage, Mo., where homes have been found for them.
When the little army of foundlings left New York city last Tuesday, in care of Agent Robert CURRAN and Matron W. C. STEWART, it was sixty-one strong--twenty nine girls and thirty-two boys. At Pilot Grove and Chillicothe, Mo., twenty-six of the children were turned over to charitably disposed people, who had agreed to care for them. The remainder were brought to this city over the Burlington railway and at 10:50 o'clock this morning left for their news homes in the southwest on a Missouri Pacific train.
The advent of the little strangers created a mild ripple of excitement in the Union depot and aroused the interest of every official and traveler. The children occupied four long benches and were soon surrounded by a large crowd of spectators. Fourteen of the waifs were girls and their average age was only 3 years. They were neatly attired and were an unusually pretty lot of children. They prattled and cooed in their childish way and were as happy as so many birds.
Although the children had been traveling since Tuesday, none of them was sick or peevish, but appeared to be so happy that everyone forgot in looking at them that they had been bereft of a mother's love and care. The attendants are kind but firm with the children and insist on implicit obedience. Condensed milk and fruit and other food are carried along in a large basket and the children are given their meals on the cars. They all looked strong and healthy.
The New York Foundling and Orphan asylum is conducted by the Sisters of Charity and annually finds homes for about 400 children who are either orphans or foundlings. The homes for the children are always obtained in advance and as close together as possible. This last time Missouri was selected and homes for sixty-one children found. The highest recommendations are required from the people taking the children and an annual report is required as to the condition of each child. The children have full names and accurate records are kept so that any child can be traced and found when wanted. Most of them are placed on farms and are afforded an excellent chance to develop into respectable and useful men and women.