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Table showiny cost of principal articles of subsistence.

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

30, 1878. ber 30, 1878.

ber 31, 1878.

Year ending December

31, 1878.

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Articles

Beef*..
Mutton and veal*
Pork, clear.
Mackerel
Butter
Cheese
Lard
Flourt.
Coffee
Sagar, granulated
Sagar, "C" coffee
Tea, Oolong
Number of rations issued.
Cost of a ration

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1, 255

$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, 3373
1, 314
1, 392

400
1, 843

130
351
805

$0 09.39

09. 50
13 87
8 45

19. 44
11. 25

08. 50
5 98

18. 97
09. 55
08. 04
36. 30

53, 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. 43
08. 84

08. 39
5 71

17. 52
09. 55
07. 79
35

40, 208 12, 075

28

21
7, 882
1, 632
1, 415

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
09.51
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

676
310

800
4, 746
5, 278

936

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* Delivered at the Home. Freight and cartage from Boston to Home, $6 per ton.

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE NORTHWESTERN BRANCH.

NATIONAL HOME 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, 224; 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. Average 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 iny report last year. In compiling former reports the same individual not unfrequently appeared in the aggregate 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 could 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 duly registered once and no more, showing that 3,579 individuals have actually been inmates of this branch, and 20 others who have never been inmates have received outside relief froin it.

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1878 1877 1876 1875 1874 1873 1872 1871 1870 1869 1868 * 1867

Total

152
156
140
117
124
105
109
110

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16
16
19
16
19

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Number of beneficiaries during the year who belonged to the regular Army, 40; 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.

46 Connecticut 14 Nebraska.

1 Dakota Territory

1
New Hampshire

5 Delaware... 6 New Jersey

23 District of Columbia 3 New York

286 Florida ... 1 Ohio

47 Illinois 235 Oregon.

1 Indiana 31 Pennsylvania.

103 Iowa 34 Rhode Island

5 Kansas 16 Tennessee

1 Kentucky 12 Utah Territory

2 Louisiana

8 Vermont Maine.

7 Washington Territory Maryland 11 Wisconsin

275 Massachusetts

35 Michigan

62
Total......

1, 299 Minnesota

16

NATIVITIES.

Poland ....

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

3 Canada.. 31 Russia...

1 Cuba...

1 Scotland.. Denmark

3 Sweden... England

57 Switzerland France

14 Wales .. Germany

384

Born at sea Ireland..

354 Mexico

1
Total..

931

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SOCIAL STATISTICS.

Ages of those who have been beneficiaries of this branch during the Sear: 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

Brickmakers.

2 Bakers 18 Butchers

24 Barbers and wigmakers

Carpenters

60 Blacksmiths. 24 Cabinet-makers.

11 Boilermakers

Carvers

1 Book binders

8 Carriage-makers. Brooinmakers.

Clockmakers

1 Brewers 10 Cigarmakers

9 H. Mis. 28

4

2

Clerks...

53 Painters... Cooks

7 Paperhangers. Coopers 23 Plasterers

4 Coppersmiths. 1 Printers

11 ('urriers

Potters.

1 Clothmakers.

Physicians and surgeons. Druggists 2 Photographers....

1 Dentists ..

1 Pipemakers.. Draughtsmen

1 Pianomakers. Dyers

1 Ropemakers Engineers 11 Saddlers...

4 Electroplaters

2 Sailmakers Farmers...

183 Seamen and boatmen. Fishermen.

1 School-teachers.. Florists

3 Shoemakers Gardeners

6 Shipwrights Glassblowers

4 Slaters Gunsmiths....

1 Soldiers Harness-makers.

14 Soapmakers Hatters ..

1 Stonecutters. Iron-rollers.

3 Steamfitters Laborers ...

479' Surveyors Lawyers.. Lithographers

4 Tanners. Locksmiths.. 3 Teamsters

13 Lumbermen

2 Telegraph operators Machinists. 9 Tinkers ...

12 Machine-makers 3 Tobacconists.

1 Masons and bricklayers 23 Upholsterers...

3 Millers .... 3 Veterinary surgeons.

3 Millwrights.

2 Watchmakers... Miners...

4 Weavers.... Molders

8 Wagonmakers Musicians

10 Woolcarders... Merchants and salesmen

9 Wheelwrights Marble polishers.. 4 Wiredrawers

1 Needle-makers......

1 Preachers

1

Total...... 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.

3 Tailors ......

1,299

CAUSES OF DISABILITY.

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

Wounds resulting in loss of both arms.
Wounds resulting in the loss of one arm.
Wounds resulting in the loss of one leg.
Other wounds received in the service.....
Sickness contracted in the service....

734

Total.......

1, 299

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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