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Quarter ending March Quarter ending June Quarter ending Septem. Quarter ending Decem31, 1878.

Year ending December

31, 1878.

Articles.

Quantity.

Price.

Quantity.

Price.

Quantity

Price. Quantity.

Price.

Quantity.

Price.

87, 624 9, 833

13

17
6. 7603
1, 255

676
310

800
4, 746
5, 278

936

$0 09. 43

09.50
14 69
9 00

20. 64
12. 68

09.36
6 62

23. 12
09. 54
08
38

43, 231 8, 007

20

24
6, 3379
1, 314
1,392

400
1, 843
4, 130
7,351

805

$0 09.39

09. 50
13 87
8 45

19. 44
11. 25

08. 50
5 98

18. 97
09. 35
08. 04
36. 30

33, 174 8, 007

20

20
6, 394
1, 594
1, 736

301
2, 993
7, 392
6, 921
1, 029

$0 09. 23

09. 50
13 87
8 75

16. 13
08. 84

08. 39
5 71

17. 52
09, 55
07. 79
33

40, 208 12, 075

28

21
7, 882
1, 632
1, 115

382
3, 239
8,370
8, 676
1,047

$0 09. 36

09. 50
13 18
6 74

15, 37
08. 17

08
5 69

17. 47
09. 31
07. 49
35

174, 237 39, 613

81

82
27, 524
5, 795
5, 219
1, 393
8, 875
24, 638
28, 226
. 3, 817

$0 09, 34

09. 50
13 76
8 19

17. 75
10. 03

08. 44
5 98

18. 31
09. 53
07. 80
36. 01

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Beef
Mutton and real
Pork, clear.
Mackerel
Biitter
Cheeso
Lard
Flori.
Coffee
Sugar, granulated
Sugar, Cocottee
Tea, Oolong

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75, 306

71, 756

Number of rations issued
Cont of a ration

18. 65

* Delivered at the Home.

i Delivered at Gardiner or Augusta.

Freight and cartage from Boston to Home, $6 per ton.

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE NORTHWESTERN BRANCH.

NATIONAL HOVE for DISABLED VOLUNTEER SOLDIERS,

NORTHWESTERN BRANCH,

Milwaukee County, Wis., January 1, 1879. SIR: I have the honor to submit the following report of the management of the Northwestern Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers during the calendar year

1878:

NUMBER OF BENEFICIARIES.

Total number of disabled soldiers and sailors cared for or aided at this branch during the year, 1,299 Whole number of disabled soldiers and sailors cared for or aided at this branch from its first establishment, May 1, 1867, to December 31, 1878, 3,599.*

Number who have been admitted during the year, 221; readmitted during the year, 122; transferred from other branches during the year, 48; returned from desertion during the year, 3; total gain during the year, 397. Number honorably discharged during the year, 235; dishonorably discharged during the year, 22; transferred to other branches during the year, 32; transferred to the Government Insane Asylum during the year, none; died during the year, 47; deserted during the year, 16; dropped from temporary at post during the year, 30; total loss during the year, 413. Average number of beneficiaries present during the year, 691. Aver

, age number present and absent during the year, 857.

The following carefully-prepared tabular statement exhibits the total number of beneficiaries present and absent on the 31st of December of each year, and the average number present, the average number absent, the average number sick, the percentage of sick to average number present and absent, the whole number taken care of, and the total gain and the total loss, during each calendar year since the establishment of this branch of the Home, May 1, 1867 :

* The whole number of disabled soldiers and sailors cared for or aided at this branch since its establishment on May 1, 1867, is 274 less than was given in ny report last year. lo compiling former reports the same individual not unfrequently appeared in the achtegate several times, as he received outside aid, or was admitted, or readmitted ; and on account of defects and omissions in the register formerly kept in this branch, it was impossible to rectify the error until a new and more perfect register conld be prepared. During the year just closed a new register has been completed, in which every person who has been a beneficiary of this branch since its establishment is only registered once and no more, showing that 3,579 individuals have actually been inmates of this branch, and 20 others who have never been innates have received outside relief from it.

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Number of beneficiaries during the year who belonged to the regular Army, 10; number who belonged to the volunteer service, 1,255; number who belonged to the Navy, 4.

Number of beneficiaries during the year who were disabled during the war of the rebellion, 1,268; number who served in the war of 1812, 7; number who served in the Mexican war, 24.

Number of colored beneficiaries during the year, 2.

STATES FROM WHICH ENLISTED.

States from which those who have been beneficiaries of this branch during the year were enlisted in the service of the United States: California

5 Missouri Connecticut

14 Nebraska. Dakota Territory

1 New Hampshire Delaware....

6 New Jersey District of Columbia 3 i New York

286 Florida.

1 Ohio Illinois

235 Oregon. Indiana 31 Pennsylvania..

103 Iowa

34 Rhode Island Kansas

16 Tennessee Kentucky

12 Utah Territory Louisiana

8 Vermont .... Maine

Washington Territory. Maryland 11 Wisconsin.

275 Massachusetts

35 Michigan....

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NATIVITIES.

Number of beneficiaries during the year who were native-born, 368; foreign-born, 931. Nativity of foreign-born beneficiaries: Austria.. 8 Norway

14 Belgium..

5 Poland. Canada.

31 Russia. Cuba..

1

Scotland. Denmark

3 Sweden.. England.

57 Switzerland Franc

14 | Wales .... Germany

384 Born at sea Ireland.

354 Mexico

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931

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SOCIAL STATISTICS.

Ages of those who have been beneficiaries of this branch during the year: Under 30 years, 3; between 30 and 50 years, 620; between 50 and 70 years, 615; over 70 years, 61.

Number of beneficiaries during the year who have been married, and who have living wives or minor children, or both, 342.

Former occupations of those who have been beneficiaries during the year: Agents and peddlers ... 4 Brickmakers.

2 Bakers 18 Butchers

24 Barbers and wigmakers

('arpenters Blacksmiths. 24 Cabinet-makers

11 Boilermakers

Carvers Bookbinders

8, ('arriage-makers. Broommakers.

2 ('lockmakers Brewers

10 Cigarmakers II. Mis. 285

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Clerks..
Cooks
Coopers
Coppersmiths.
Curriers
Clothmakers.
Druggists
Dentists.
Draughtsmen
Dyers
Engineers
Electroplaters
Farmers..
Fishermen.
Florists
Gardeners
Glassblowers
Gunsmiths...
Harness-makers.
Hatters ...
Iron-rollers
Laborers
Lawyers.
Lithographers
Locksmiths.....
Lumbermen
Machinists.
Machine-makers
Masons and bricklayers
Millers ...
Millwrights..
Miners....
Molders
Musicians
Merchants and salesmen
Marble polishers.
Needle-makers......
Preachers

53 \ Painters...

7 Paperhangers. 23

Plasterers 1 Printers 2 Potters 1 Physicians and surgeons. 2 Photographers.... 1 Pipemakers... 1 Pianomakers.. 1 Ropemakers 11 Saddlers...

2 Sailmakers 183 Seamen and boatmen

School-teachers. 3 Shoemakers 6 Shipwrights 4 Slaters 1 Soldiers 14 Soapmakers 1 Stonecutters.

3 Steamfitters 479 Surveyors

3 Tailors. 4 Tanners. 3 Teamsters 2 Telegraph operators 9 Tinkers 3 Tobacconists ...... 23 Upholsterers.. 3 Veterinary surgeons. 2

Watchmakers..

Weavers...: 8 Wagonmakers 10 Woolcarders.

Wheelwrights
4

Wiredrawers
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1, 299

Number of beneficiaries during the year who could read and write, 1,074; number who could do neither, 225 (of which 39 were native and 186 were foreign-born). Percentage of native-born who could neither read nor write, 10.6; of foreign-born, 20.

CAUSES OF DISABILITY.

The disabilities of those who have been beneficiaries of the Home during the year were as follows:

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Number completely blind, 5; number partially blind, 33; total 38.

Number insane, totally or partially, 11. Number of insane who have been transferred to the Government Insane Asylum at Washington during the year, none.

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