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December 29, 1894

THE SANITARY INQUIRY AS TO TENEMENT-HOUSES IN NEW YORK CITY.

JAMA. 1894;XXIII(26):991-992. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421310027011
Abstract

A Commission, appointed by the Governor of the State at the instance of the last Legislature, has been engaged on an investigation of the evils of the tenement-house system in New York City. Public hearings have been had, from time to time, for several months. At a recent meeting it was shown that money-taking—proved conclusively to have been the order of the day in other departments—was not foreign to certain Tammany-appointed officers of the Department of Health. It was stated that one officer, concerned in the inspection of tenement-houses, stooped to take blackmail from a little boy who wanted to keep a few pigeons at his place of residence. Another case, lately brought to light, showed the "tenderloin instincts;" it was that of a poor woman, who was keeping a cow under conditions contrary to the sanitary ordinances. Her testimony showed that she had thrice paid money to an alleged

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