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Expenditures for 1874-5. Indebtedness, January 1st, 1874_

$650 08 Wages of nurses and servants

6,191 00 Rent

4,038 25 Groceries and provisions.

2817 90 Fuel and lights

997 55. Repairs

651 60 Furniture, etc.

327 38 Incidental expenses, including repairs of various kinds, etc.: 1,257 26 Cash in hands of Secretary



Less cash in hands of Secretary-

Indebtedness January 1st, 1876_--

that the receipts have fallen short of expenditures two thousand six hundred and sixty-three dollars and seventy-five cents.

The work we are doing is purely a charitable one. Every dollar of the funds contributed to the institution, whether by individuals or the State, has been economically expended in relieving the unfortunate. The amount appropriated by the Legislature of eighteen hundred and seventy-three-four, viz: two hundred and fifty dollars per month, ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and seventy-six, is only one-third of our current monthly expenses, and we have become involved in a debt of over twenty-six hundred dollars, and yet we need about eight hundred dollars to complete furnishing our premises, to enable us to accommodate all they are capable of holding, and which at seasons would be filled could they be furnished. But these patients added would increase our current monthly expenses. These demands compel us to further appeal to the sympathies of the benevolent for contributions, and to the munificence of the State for increased aid. We therefore feel compelled to ask your honorable body to appropriate, for the fiscal years twenty-seven and twenty-eight, twelve thousand dollars, viz: six thousand dollars annually for current monthly expenses, and two thousand six hundred dollars independently, as a bill of relief to enable us to extinguish our indebtedness.

It has been the custom of previous Legislatures to foster and pass bills of relief for other charitable institutions, in addition to appropriations for monthly expenses and building purposes, viz: Magdalen Asylum, Ladies' Relief and Protection Society, Orphan Associations, and several others; therefore, we appeal confidently to you to aid and foster this institution, as it knows no county boundaries; and for the classes it professes to aid, humanity-such as governed the good Samaritan--guides its work. Independent of annual appropriations for orphan asylums, a

fixed sum for each orphan is appropriated by a fixed law. Are not foundlings orphans ?


Board of Trustees.

We further report that there have been confined at our institution two hundred and sixteen mothers, who have been delivered of two hundred and twenty-three children.

Two hundred and seven infants have been deposited at the door of the institution, by parties to us unknown.

Whole number of infants, including those born in the institution, and those deposited at the door, four hundred and twenty-three.

Of these, twenty-one were still-born, or died as soon as born.

One was left at the door a corpse, with a note saying they were too poor to bury it.

Sixty-seven have, at divers periods, been taken away by their mothers or friends.

One hundred and thirty-eight we have given away, pursuant to the Act of the Legislature of the eighteenth of March, eighteen hundred and seventy. (Stats. 1869–70, p. 338.)

One hundred and ninety-six sickened and died, from one day old and upwards. Numbers of these were born in the hospital, or left at the door diseased; a few, apparently, premature births.

The persons to whom we have given these children are of the most substantial and worthy class of citizens. The children have taken the names of the donees, who are all severally obligated to rear and educate the children, as if born to them in lawful wedlock.

We have thus saved to the State and provided for the future support of one hundred and thirty-eight children; and from the hands of abortionists, and the dens of prostitution, scores of unfortunate women,

The beneficiaries were from all parts of the State. More than onehalf of the mothers delivered in the institution were from counties other than San Francisco.

We have been able to save more than half of the children that have come to our care, which is a much better showing than has been made by any other foundling asylum of which we have any record.

The Trustees of the institution have at all times rendered their services gratuitously, as have also the Board of Physicians andi Sunt geons. The demands made upon the institution have been so great

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their control, whenever and on such terms as they may deem most conducive to the interests of the State. All such compromises to be by the advice of the Attorney-General of the State.

At the same session of the Legislature, and on the twenty-seventh day of March, eighteen hundred and seventy-four, another Act was passed, granting the tide lands in Channel street and Mission Creek, between Ninth and Eighteenth streets, to the City of San Francisco, and vacating said Channel street and Mission Creek as a highway between said points, and authorizing the city to divide the same into lots and blocks and sell it. (Statutes of 1873–4, pages 712 and 713; Sections 2 and 3 of said Act.),

The city authorities, under the låst-named Act, did divide these lands into proper subdivisions, and laid down the proper streets through to them, in accordance with the plan of the city, in the vicinity of Channel street and Mission Creek. This Act, in the opinion of your committee, took all of the tide lands in Channel street and Mission Creek, bétwéen Ninth and Eighteenth streets, from the control of the State Board of Tide Land Commissioners (and from the control of the State), and vested the title thereto in the City and County of San Francisco, subject to the disposition by the Board of Supervisors of said city and county, as directed in said Act. “ The State Board of Tide: Land Commissioners" organized under the Act of March thirtieth, eighteen hundred and seventyfour, above referred to, and thereafter offered a considerable quantity of tide land for sale at public auction, These auction sales" took place in November, eighteen hundred and seventy-five. We have given such auction sales quite à searching examination, and while your committee have found that quite a number of lots of land were knocked off at such sales to different men from those who received the deeds from the Board, we have been unable to discover any fraud. The practice seems to have been to give the final deed to the assignees of the original purchasers, in pursuance to a practice that had been indulged in by former Boards; and in several instances lots purchased at the sale and not paid for on the day of sale, were on the next day put up and resold for a less price than first bid. The practice was loose and hardly in strict accordance with a wholesome rule of procedure.

By these sales some twelve thousand nine hundred and seventy dollars and fifty-nine cents were realized, as shown by the supplemental report of the Commissioners, made on the sixth of December, eighteen hundred and seventy-five.

There were some other sales made to Messrs. Duane and Hearst, of lands about which there was a contest before the Board by several clạimants, and the committee is inclined to the opinion that the award to Duane and Hearst was, under the circumstances, correct, at least we have been unable to discover any, positive unfairness or oppression in the sales, although considerable testimony was taken in regard to them. It was soon developed in the examination that considerable quantity of these tide lands of great value had been (by a kind of general residuary sale) conveyed to one George W. Ellis As to this sale, a very large amount of testimony was taken, a cori siderable portion of which was conflicting and contradictory. The Ellis sale was the last one made by the Board, from which, accordin to the deeds, was realized the sum of five thousand seven hundre and forty-six dollars and ninety-six cents.

The lands embraced in the deeds are the whole of Old Channel street and Mission Creek, between Ninth and Eighteenth streets, except such portions as were taken by the new streets laid out by the city authorities, as above set forth, and except, also, a small portion of Old Channel street, or Mission Creek, bounding on Mission blocks. forty-two and one-half, forty-five and forty-six.

These deeds also embraced some closed up streets in Mission Bayblocks one hundred and thirty-three, forty, and forty-one, and also the greater portion of Mission block fifty-nine, a large portion of the west half of block sixty, and a large portion of the west half of block forty-nine, together with some small portions of New Channel street. This sale was authorized (or rather made) by the Board at their last meeting in San Francisco, upon the records of the Board, at page two hundred and ninety-two. Under date of November twenty-fourth, eighteen hundred and seventy-five, we find the following entry:

"In the matter of the application of George W. Ellis, on motion, it was ordered that the engineer denominate all

parcels of land included in the preëmption claim of said Ellis and others, as per record in liber B of Miscellaneous Record, page six hundred and sixty-five, Recorder's Office, City of San Francisco, which have not heretofore been disposed of by the State of California through the Board of Tide Land Commissioners, and that said Ellis be allowed the privilege of purchasing all the right, title, and interest of the State of California thereto, at the rate of four dollars per one thousand square feet."

From the evidence taken it appears that the above was not embraced in any formal motion made before the Board, but that it was written up from rough memoranda kept by the Clerk or Secretary, as expressing in a formal way the conclusion of the Board on the question.

It further appears, from the evidence, that Allardt, the engineer, was ordered to lay down on a map all the unsold lands, so that proper descriptions could be made of the lands ordered to be conveyed to Ellis.

Mr. Allardt says the instructions to make the map came from Secretary Russell,

Mr. Allardt further states that he was instructed by Commissioner Green to include the land in Mission Creek ; that being in doubt, he went to Green for instruction. He also states that he produced the statute of March twenty-seventh, eighteen hundred and seventyfour, and informed Mr. Green of it, which Act conveyed Mission Creek to the city, as before stated.

Mr. Green denied it, and Allardt was then uncertain whether Green got the information, but was certain he opened the book and showed the statute to Paul Neuman in Green's presence-that Neuman read it, but he cannot say if Green heard it. We might say here, it appears strange that the Commissioners, and even the AttorneyGeneral, were all ignorant of the Act, and yet this engineer and the Secretary Russell both knew of it, and the matter becomes a wonder when we take into consideration the fact that no offer, or attempt was ever made before the Ellis sale to sell the lands in Mission Creek, or any part of them. Acting under the instructions received by him the engineer, Allardt, prepared and filed with the Board two maps, exhibiting the uñsold portions of tide lands afterwards included in the Ellis deeds.

One was quite a large map, and was used before your committee,

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