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to memorial hall and church 850 feet, and south to the governor's residence 1,000 feet, with 1,800 feet of return pipes, all in successful operation.

Six hundred feet steam-pipe, extending from hospital boiler-house to epileptic wards.

Three hundred feet each 2 and 4 inch pipe, put into the hospital to replace steam and water pipes put in there several years ago and which had become too small.

Three hundred feet 4-inch water-pipe from western main to hospital supplied with fire-hydrants; 2,000 feet 4-inch water-main from new water-works through the Campus Martus to the center of the camp supplied with fire-hydrants; 2,050 feet 2-inch pipe from new well to the center of the camp for the purpose of conveying spring-water for drinking and cooking purposes; 300 feet 4-inch main put into memorial hall with fire apparatus complete; 200 feet 3-inch pipe connecting eastern water-main with the conservatories; 11,000 feet additional iron pipe, assorted sizes, for steam, gas, and water and repairs have been used during the year; and 1,000 feet of stone drain-tile laid, requiring in all 18,875 feet of ditching at an average depth of four feet.

In the improvements of the grounds 16,824 livear feet of paved gutters have been constructed, 3,675 feet of gravel walks 7 feet wide, 1,500 forest-trees planted, 5,000 shrubs planted, 50,000 catalpa seedlings one year old transplanted, and 35 flower-beds laid out.

The new buildings erected and improvements of the old have increased the capacity of the Central Branch 300 beds.

What number can you care for at your branch having due reference to health and comfort ? - Answer. Three thousand five hundred.

What is the number actually present December 31, 1878 !-A. Three thousand four hundred and one.

Will the number in your opinion increase or diminish during the next three months ?-Answer. It will certainly increase; the net increase to numbers present has averaged three per day for some time past, and this is likely to continue for the next three months. I should not be surprised if we had 3,600 men present by April 1, next.

Can you properly care for all who will apply during the present winter 1-Answer. The two new brick barracks when completed will give us comfortable quarters for 3,500 men, and by occupying the amusement hall, Brown Guard armory, and continuing the use of the old hospital ward, which we have not yet been able to dispense with, we can care for 3,600.

Question No. 24e.

From your experience and knowledge of the subject, give your opin ion as to the number of disabled soldiers who will seek admission during the next ten years. Will they increase or diminish —Answer. In answer to this question I would give the same opinion expressed in my report for 1877, page 71, viz:

The numbers will increase for some time to come, but under the law dow governing aulmissions, requiring as a condition wounds received or disease contracted in the service, the numbers must decrease during the next decade, for most of those now living and suffering from wounds received and disease contracted in the service will havo passed away.

Question No. 25.

What influence, if any, have the improvements of the buildings, adornment of the grounds, and the several opportunities for labor, instruction,

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and amusements, &c., had upon the men? Is discipline made easier ? Are the men improved in character and morals? Are the men contented and happy ?-Answer. The continued improvements of the buildings and grounds, together with the facilities for employment afforded by the several shops and other departments of the Home, added to our excellent library, school, memorial hall, and various amusements, have a marked influence on the character and morals of the men, and undoubtedly tend to their contentment and happiness.

Our new music hall, which was completed and formally opened by the honorable Board of Managers and the President of the United States September 12, 1878, has all the appointments of a first-class theater, with a seating capacity of 1,500. We have already had twenty-six entertainments, and many of them of a high order of meri'. The National Dramatic Company, the National Minstrels, and German Veteran Association, composed of beneficiaries and a few kind ladies from the city, contributed largely to the entertainment of their comrades during the present winter, for which each and every member of these organizations deserve special mention if space would admit. The Shakspeare and Davenport Clubs, of Cincinnati, and the Dayton Reading Club merit our warmest thanks for favoring us with three excellent plays. Hon. E. T. Carson, of Cincinnati, for exhibition of dissolving views of Europe; Mrs. R. W. Richey and friends, of Cincinnati, who gave us the opera Admiral's Daughter. In addition to which we have had twelve entertainments from outside professional and amateur companies, all of which were well attended.

Our Home is still the center of attraction for the neighboring States and the objective point for many excursions from various localities.

During the past season 62 regular excursions arrived here by rail; 10 reunions of regiments and military organizations from Olio, Kentucky, and New York; 5 Masonic reunions; 1 Independent Order of Odd Fellows; 1 Knights of Pythias. 115,160 visitors admitted to the Home grounds during the year, and 26,354 vehicles containing visitors entered at the several gates of the Home during the year.

Question No. 26.

What has been the total current or running expenses of your branch during the year? What the average cost of ration? What the average cost of keeping each man in the Home per annum !-Answer. Total current or running expenses during the year ending December 31, 1978, including cost of all uniform-clothing and underclothing issued to the men, and excluding construction and repairs, $375,881.83. Average cost per capita, including clothing, $118.50. Total current or running expenses, deducting cost of clothing, $.305,123.10. Average cost per capita, deducting cost of clothing, $.6.1:9. Average cost of clothing per capita, $22.31. Average cost of ration for the year, 17.08 cents.

Below I submit statement showing how the tigures were obtained in determining the cost of keeping each man. This statement is taken from the ledger accounts of the varions abstract letters, and exhibits all the charges to each, including internal vouchers between the several departments of the Ilome.

Statement showing how the figures were obtained in determining the cost of keeping each man at Central Branch, National Ilome for Disabled Volunteer Sol

diers, for the year ending December 31, 1078.

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Subsistence ..

$51, 154 76 $19, 040 31 $46, 556 75

$51, 664 60 $198, 416 62 Construction and repairs

19, 161 23 29, 435 45 24, 856 80 42, 714 70 Stable

116, 168 24

$116, 168 24
16, 3448 76 1.5, 378 01 17, 298 73 18,772 03 67, 797 53
Personal property.

$75, 266 85

*7, 409 32
1, 965 12

538 27
922 77

391 14

3, 807 30 Current expenses 8, 133 92 8,707 69 1, 760 18 8, 974 77 35, 596 56

393 00 Incidental

35, 203 56 060 51 1, 366 98 1, 046 92 1, 098 53 4, 472 94

195 37 4, 277 57 G Transportation

4, 178 05

5, 133 00 55,521 49 4, 496 21 19, 328 75
H Clothing

14, 664 84 4, 671 91
13, 739 12 14,129 01 18, 623 44 23, 495 57 72, 007 14 1,248 41 70, 738 73
IIospital supplies.

3, 609 85 3,514 60 3, 913 91
3, 911 53 14, 979 89

14, 979 89
I Farm and garden
2, 018 80 3, 536 43 3, 093 95 2, 922 90 11, 572 08 14, 067 45

2, 495 37
L Household expenses
16, 209 48 19, 051 66 10, 968 15 15, 603 14 61,832 43 1, 492 05

60, 340 38
M Manufactures
20, 615 76 21, 236 28 18, 970 22 19, 400 74 80, 223 00 86, 824 44

6, 601 44
Total
160, 135 36 171, 057 89 161, 563 37 193, 445 86 686, 202 48

306, 400 28 16, 566 13
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NOTE. The above accounts are taken from ledger accounts in my office, with the exception of Abstracts A and II, which are from reports of steward and treasurer.

R. E. FLEMING, Secret ary.

Arerage cost of keeping each man per annum, including value of clothing issued for year end

ing December 31, 1878. Total expenditure for the four quarters ending December 31, 1878. $686202.48 Less credits shown on accompanying table

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Average cost of keeping each man per annum, deducting value of clothing issued for year end

ing December 31, 1878. Total expenditure for the four quarters ending December 31, 1878.. $686202.48 Less credits.....

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Summary of charges on account of transportation received at Central Branch, National

Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, during the year ending December 31, 1878.

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Total, 1878...

13, 788 59

3, 336 74

17, 125 33

Report showing quantity and value of clothing issued and sold for year ending December

31, 1875.

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4, 171 $8, 884 23 24

96 00 162 286 74 2, 174

4,500 18 23 14 20 2, 013 885 72 2, 279 12, 648 45 1, 214 6, 470 62 1, 161 1, 161 00 1, 614 1, 936 80 11

40 50 4,110

8, 631 00 88 385 00 12, 163 6, 621 50

40 100 00 2, 110 1, 050 00 1, 300 1, 000 00 14, 824 11, 312 00 22, 788 5, 697 00 12

9 00 200 150 00 67 107 20 20 20 00

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3 20 1 00

70, 830 17

1, 176 97

72, 007 14

NOTE. -Cash received by treasurer on account of clothing amounted to $1,248.41, or $71.44 more than the sales during the year.

Summary of the principal articles of subsistence purchased during the year.

Quantities.

Average price.

Apples, green Beef, fresh Beef, corned Beets Butter Cabbage Cheese Chickens Coffee Crackers Eggs Fish, fresh and salt Hour Fruit Ham Lard. Milk Mutton Molasses and sirup. Onions Potatoes Pork loins Prunes Rice Shoulders Sagar, brown Sugar, A.. Tea Tomatoes, canned Tobacco, chewing and smoking Turnips Vinegar.. Wheat, pearl

Total cost..

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Number of beef cattle purchased Namber of sheep (mutton) purchased

Total cost.

1, 968 493, 742 74, 071

500 177, 840 41, 614 30, 372

2, 783 85, 382 15, 065 28, 203 71, 010 4, 144

966 71, 131 22, 284 51, 492 82, 225 6, 539 2, 495 13, 193 54, 533

4, 017 15, 451 108, 613 104, 135 21, 621

8, 809 23, 911 16, 258 1, 170 3, 687 7,000

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54. 92
6. 95
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45. 63
18. 62
4. 02
9. 66
23. 87
17. 59

5. 91
12.02

5. 05 513.00

2.02 8.16 7.88 15.09

8. 06 40. 74 51. 54 55.24 4. 15 8.85 6. 74 5. 41 7. 71 9. 48 34. 34

3. 16 38. 83 37. 35 13. 27 3. 68

$1, 080 75 34, 333 73 3, 707 73

228 15 33, 128 83 1, 674 40 2, 932 91

663 19 15, 121 38

890 90 3, 391 48 3, 592 85 21, 261 33 1, 957 66 6, 517 00 1, 647 65 8, 874 70 6, 629 79 2, 664 60 1, 275 99 7, 288 96 2, 264 04

355 84 1, 043 79 5, 883 62 8, 035 37 2, 051 11 3, 024 17

757 15 6, 314 16

447 04 488 34 258 15

189, 786 76

828 1, 998

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