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The Free Press
Cartersville, Georgia
July 31, 1879, Page 3
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Jottings of a Wanderer.
[An excerpt from a longer article.]

From Sonora we made our way to the poor house in Bartow county, a place congenial to our feelings.  However, I fear to as much in praise of these well kept premises under the excellent management of Mr. W. J. Collins, as we feel they deserve for fear of a rush.  What, sir, if I tell your readers of the main building so cozily kept by Mrs. Collins and of its occupants (one of whom I am which) of a long row of framed buildings one-fourth of a mile to the rear all nicely painted and well kept and the paupers all looking happy.  And pray, why should they not be, with nothing to do but to look out through the glass windows, or rest under the shade of the trees, or sip cooling draughts from the delightful springs that break forth from these hillsides.  If they are sick the superintendent gives them every attention.  By the nicely kept book of Mr. C., I discover they have issued them meal, flour, bacon, peas, lard, coffee, sugar, syrup, soda, pepper, tobacco, cloth etc.  The average of inmates seems to be fifteen, and their names are as follows: William Rice, Elizabeth Bagwell, Edith Emaline Patterson, Eliza Lusk, Ada Lusk, Alice Coffer, George Logan (col’d), Cela Logan, (col’d). Margaret Johnson, (col’d), John Johnson, (col’d) Cumphrey Hardin (col’d).

The amounts we notice have been received by Wm. J. Collins from January 1st to July 1st, 1879, aggregating $557.03.  He is entitled to a credit of $98.40.  Amount on hand July 1st, $460.63

We deem this is a good showing, at least quite a reduction of former expenses of this institution.  We note with pleasure, a nice chapel upon the grounds and a flourishing writing school in progress with a number of young people present from your city and vicinity.


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