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 - NEWSBOYS' HOME. of the founders have long 6lnce...
NEWSBOYS' HOME. of the founders have long 6lnce gone over to USEFUL TRADES FOR NEWSBOYS Chaplain Blake Decides to Build a Fine Industrial Home for Those Intrusted to His Care Success Attending the Present Present Mission, located on Poplar Street. Poplar street is one of tho thoroughfares in the lower section or the First Ward that tilt perceptibly as the pedestrian looks toward the Fulton Ferry. Like many other highways in early Brooklyn, all sorts of architecture meet tho eye in a casual glance.' The old wooden dwelling and the modern apartment house, or a costly, up - to - date structure, frequently stand side by side. It is as interesting a ward as the borough contains If, indeed, it is not more interesting than any of the others. It harbors the very rich and the very poor, the highly educated and the sadly deficient; It has palaces and cheap lodging houses; fine granite and asphalt pavements and rough, ancient cobbles. It commands a beautiful view of the East River, has public gardens at the termination of some streets and great stretches of big, blank warehouse walls, within within which great Wealth in Imports is stored. Poplar street is narrow, with scant sidewalks sidewalks and a roadway of cobbles. ' Nearly all Father Blake. the houses that face each other along its stretch are old. No. 7, a picture of which is here given, hes stood for fifty years. It Ib known officially among the charities of the borough as St. Vincent's Home for Boys. In the language of the people who help it and those who patronize it, It is plainly tho newsboys' newsboys' home. While it shuts no door on any of the homeless, providing it has the accommodation, accommodation, few seek the shelter of its walls or the hospitality of its board outside the young, orphaned, orphaned, half clad, uncared for children who sell papers on the street corners. It Is their home, their school, their church, their their AND HIS SHIP. all, in the sense that another's home is to him. Bishop Lougnlin, the first Catholic Bishop of Long Island, was Its inspiration back in 1S68. Tho church had then fine orphanages, schools, etc., but no Institution distinctively fitted to harbor these waifs of the crowding city. In June of that year tho suggestion to establish a newsboys' home was proposed to the council of direction of St. Vincent de Paul' Society of the diocese, and met with favor. Plans were discussed and in 1S6D a charter under the general laws of the state was procured and twenty - six Incorporators named to guard the interests of the new charity charity as follows: The Right Rev. John Lough - lln, the Very Rev. John F. Turner, the Rev. Francis J. Freel, Richard Ternan, John Lane, Maurice Fitzgerald, Thomas Code. Thomas Johnson, Francis Curran, Thomas Horan, Matthew Matthew Boylan. Charles J. O'Reilly. Patrick H. Quinn, Thomas O'Brien, jr., Bernard Began, James K. O'Mahony, Charles McfJonnell, Thomas Halpln, Michael J. Lowrey, James Or - mond, Michael rhilbin, Michael Kirwin, John M. Farrell. William Orr, William. Brown, Thomas Farrell. They were a sturdy, earnest, industrious and unselfish corps of workers. Many of them have written their names for all time on the roster of the Catholic charitable of Brooklyn. Brooklyn. They purchased the Poplar street site with a rear building fronting on Vine street, and there the work of uplifting physically and spiritually the newsbey began. It was bard work, the work of the volunteer. It was a combination or clergy and laity that taught the word of God, tho rule in arithmetic and the page in history, and both asked for the contributions that fed and housed their young charges. These mea realized that idleness and bad company are prolific sources of evil to tho poor boys of great cities and that St. Vincent's Home, by holding out a helping hand to this clasis, was filling a long felt want. They knew they could rescue the poor boy, sorely tempted by his surroundings, from a life of shame. And they did, but performed the task in a quiet, unostentatious way. Many the majority, out their memories are green behind them. The home has fought its way from ISM to the present, caring, as best it could, for those claiming its friendship and protection. When Bishop Loughlin made his first move, he planned .'or that immediate tituf. Increasing years and the great growth of population have demanded a bigger home and greater accommodations. Bishop McDonnell sees this as plainly as Bishop Loughlin saw the necessity necessity of tho home before it was established. He lias made the more, which Is likely to re - Pgp suit In great things for the church, charity in the general sense and particularly tho material material and spiritual welfare of the newsboys themselves. Within the past year tho Bishop, realizing the importance of the work, sent to St. Vincent's Home a resident chaplain in the person of the Rev. W. L. Blake. Father Blake is a young man well fitted for the work, with just the temperament to engage the attention attention of hlB charges and the sure. Indefatigable Indefatigable industry and dovotion that made Father Drumgoole in Manhattan one of the foremost philanthropists of bis time. It is Father NEWSBOYS' Blake's desire to build an industrial school for the newsboys where they can be taught useful trades and be equipped with the means of a livelihood when they approach their majority majority and take other burdens on their shoulders. shoulders. Already he has collected the nucleus of the necessary funds and is working hard in all sorts of weather to realize tho remainder. Out of the successes scored by other men In his profession he takes his inspiration. He realizes, too, that it was the Brooklyn home, with its thirty years of good work behind it, that furnished the idea to similar thriving institutions institutions in other cities. "These homeless wanderers," says Father Blake, "are alway with us; their number increases increases - day by day. They fill our streets and lodging houses, where they live in an atmosphere atmosphere of immorality and intemperance and blasphemy. Hundreds of them are forced, on cold winter nights, to seek refuge in barrels and boxes under the Brooklyn Bridge everywhere everywhere and anywhere that affords a shelter to their poorly clad and half starved bodies. 13 It not a Godllko charity to save and care for such boys? Is It not a charity, think you, dear to the tender heart of our Divine Lord, who loved tho poor so much? Is it not charity charity that must appeal to every true Christian heart? Let any city boast of her culture, her Intellectual activity, her colleges, academies, literary societies, her champions of advanced thought and patrons of higher education, all of which are good and commendable; but until until she realizes the necessity of providing for her poor and homeless waifs she cannot lay claim to tho title of a true Christian city, nor can her people say they aro following in the footsteps of Him who said: 'It is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.' Why should we wonder at the increase of crime among tho children of tho poor, if these same children are allowed to drift aimlessly about upon the troubled waters of tho stormy sea of life, no star of hope to guldo them or hand outstretched to welcome them, no voice to tell them of the God whom they have forgotten, the God whom perhaps they never knew? Should we be astonished, therefore, when we behold along tho 3hores of the same sea of life the wreck and ruin of so many young and tender souls souls made to the image and likeness of a triune God, souls that might have been saved by the exercise of a little Christian charity?" Newsboys do not rush. into friendships with those older than themselves, even when the latter como as shepherds to the scattered flocks. They have a deal of distrust in their natures that It takes time and patience to overcome. Father Blake has been to them a shepherd. He has gone into the highways and byways in the night time to round them up and take them to a shelter where they can find food and a bod. He spends his nights in teaching them and his days in providing for them and engaging the services of others to help along their knowledge, and appreciation of good forms of entertainment. He gives them good advice, sets them straight on a wholesome life's course, saves their earnings and helps them to positions. He fosterB ability wherever he discovers it. One of his charges is a clever model maker. He never knew it until Father Blake saw his capacity and provided him with material and tools. In the picture accompanying this article he Uewsboys' Home. stands beside his creation, a model of Dewey's flagship Olympla. And a beautiful model It is, 3G2 parts flouring in its construction. The most minute details of the modern man - of - war have been scrupulously provided and Father Blake, as well as the boy, is proud ot toe periormancc. He holds It out to the friends of the home as an illustration of the great good an industrial home would accomplish. accomplish. He believes his corps contains geniuses geniuses and that with a little training they could be made to command good incomes and to become become self - supporting. The industrial idea ho firmly holds to be the solution of the problem he has been delegated to solve and which will form his life's work. He has a great ambition ambition to see the day when the St. Vincent's Visitor, the organ of the home, will be absolutely absolutely a joint work of himself and the boys. They are as eager for the accomplishment of that ambition as ho is. They want an industrial industrial school and they will hall with pleasure pleasure the day when Father Blake presents It to thum. Life In the Institution Is very agreeable to the boys. Their sleeping quarters are cozy, and always in fine order. After their dinner in tho evening, which, by tho way, is their principal principal mea!, they furnish their own diversion until the time arrives for the holding of the classes for Instruction. They aro apt scholars. scholars. They are not ashamed to ask questions and they demand full information in an answer. answer. They have their gala days, as do other people. Their Christmas dinner is to them a great feast. Dcsidu a wealth of good things they have visitors and nn entertainment and live at peace with themselves and tho rest of tho world. The time seems to have come when this charity is about to make a distinct step forward. forward. That step will be the building of its industrial kcIjoo!. OF COURSE. Little Dick Uncle Richard, what is bric - a - brac? Uncle Ricnard Bric - a - brac Is anything you knock over and break when you aro feeling for matches in the dark. Puck. w h J? L

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  1. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle,
  2. 03 Dec 1899, Sun,
  3. Page 23

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