Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sorrowful Sight Seen At Eloise

The Detroit Free Press, June 7, 1909
Oh, the woe seen by the estimators at the County House! Yet, nary a thing was done in most cases to alleviate the human suffering of the truly afflicted at the institution. The Free Press would periodically run this sort of story of the depressed state at the house intermixed with a few character sketches of nameless inmates along with an over-reaching deed done by an employee's wife who gave charity without salary or accolades. Except that it seemed to often find its way into the paper.

In this case it was Mrs. Prenslauer, wife of the Secretary of the Poor Commission, who always carried out a bag of fresh fruit large enough to feed a whole ward. What bags you had Mrs. Prenslauer! The nameless two were an elderly woman who was a sort of treasured queen in her ward living out the final years of life in the relative bliss of charity. And what about the old Mason who recognized one of the estimators as a brother-in-arms? The frail old man talked rationally about how the fraternity allowed him to remain in custody despite his wishes to the contrary. This was only a moment of sanity, of course, because the Masons would never allow an outrage of the sort among their minions. Surely the man was insane.

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