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Table showing the number of men under medical treatment, the number of cases
treated, and the number of days and average time lost on account of sickness during the year."
Classification of diseases.-Abscess, asthma, bilious fever, bronchitis, boils, bubo, colds, convulsions, chills, cholera-morbus, consumption, diarrhea, diphtheria, dysentery, deafness, derangement of the liver, stomach and bowels, erysipelas, gastric fever, hemorrhage of the lungs, bowels and bladder, indigestion, intermittent fever, injuries received on duty, inflammation of the eyes, face, glands, throat, hands and feet, irritation of the spine, neuralgia, nervous prostration, pneumonia, piles, pleurisy, paralysis, rheumatism and ulcerations.
In the first surgical district no deaths have occurred during the year. In the second surgical district there has been one death ; cause, consumption. In the third surgical district no deaths have occurred since the organization of the force.
· The result of treatment has been successful, every patient (with the exception named above) having been restored to his usual health.
The station-houses in the first surgical district are visited from two to three times a week, and generally found neat and clean.
The following repairs and additions are suggested, viz : In the third precinct, a new porch and stairway to the lodgers' room, and the cells, water-closets, benches, floor, and side door to prison repaired.
In the fourth precinct, attention is called to the east side wall of the buildings it is in bad condition, and admits the rain through the wall. The water-closet, also need repairs. Also, would recommend that a flue be built in this prison to allow the egress of smoke, instead of the pipes being exposed to the weather.
In the fifth precinct, the furnaces should be attended to; last winter they consumed a great quantity of coal and produced but little heat. It is understood that the cupola on this building is not well secured to the roof, causing it to leak badly, &c.
The following is the report of the station-houses in the second medical distriet :
The station-house in the second precinct is a one-story frame building on Seventh street west, between S and T streets north, which is not only too small, but is wet and unhealthy, and entirely unfit in every respect for the purposes for which it is used. The central guard-house, Louisiana avenue, between Ninth and Tenth streets west, is used for the fifth and sixth precinct stations. It is large and commodious, and with the following repairs would be well adapted for the purposes of a station-house. The roof over the sleeping room leaks badly, so that the beds are often wet. A door should be hung at the entrance of the sleeping room, so that the noise of the prisoners, and foul air from the cells, could be kept from this room. The men state that they are often kept
awake by the noise of the prisoners, and the air late at night becomes very offensive, which is owing to defective ventilation in the sleeping room and from the want of a door to keep out the air from the cells. This station is kept in a clean and as healthy condition as possible.
The seventh precinct station-house, corner of First street west and F street north, is very well adapted for the purposes of a station, and is kept in a very clean and healthy condition. We have no suggestions to make of any alterations or repairs at this station.
There are two station-houses in the third medical district, one being located in the eighth precinct, and belongs to the corporation of Washington. This building was erected specially for a station, and if in good repair would answer the purpose tolerably well. It is in need of a new roof; the old one, being cov. ered with gravel, now leaks badly. The cells are much in need of repair, and new night-stools; the old ones were never suitable for the place and the character of the persons who were to use them. They are frequently torn from their positions by malicious or drunken persons who are confined in the cells.
The statior. house in the tenth precinct is private property, erected for a store and dwelling, but it is rented by the corporation of Washington, and fitted up for the purpose for which it is used. It is as well suited for the purposes of a station as any improvised building can well be. But to carry out the plans and · objects of the Metropolitan Police, buildings should be crected specially for the use of the force, where every modern improvement can be brought into use, and strict attention paid to the health and comfort of the men, and the cells so arranged that the life and health of prisoners shall not be jeoparded, and some attention paid to their comfort. Respectfully submitted :
W. G. H. NEWMAN, M. D., 1st Medical District.
RECAPITULATION. The following is a recapitulation of the work done by the police force during the year ending September 30, 1867, a more extended exhibit of which will be gathered from the annexed tables :
The whole number of arrests during the year has been 20,075, of which 16,292 were males, 3,783 females ; 7,908 were married, 12,167 were single; 12,702 could read and write, 7,373 could not read or write.
The offences may be classified as follows :
Of the cases reported the following disposition has been made : 971 have been committed to jail ; 334 have given bail for court; 200 have been turned over to the military ; 6,330 have been dismissed ; 1,967 have been committed to the workhouse; 576 have given security to keep the peace, and in 569 cases various light punishments have been inflicted, and they have been classed upon the records under the head of miscellaneous.
Fines have been imposed in 9,128 cases, amounting in all to $38,098 45, as follows: In•Washington city, including a part of the county.
$33, 845 97 In Georgetown, including a part of the county..
4, 172 48 For selling liquor to soldiers, imposed under act of Congress.
38, 098 45
The number of destitute persons furnished with lodgings has been, during the year....
3,473 Lost children restored to parents.
184 Sick or disabled persons assisted or taken to hospital
131 Horses or cattle found estray..
65 Doors left open and secured by the police.
103 Fires occurring in the District ....
93 Horses and vehicles found estray restored to owners.
18 Friendless persons buried...
30 The number of nuisances reported at central office during the year has been 10,347 ; number abated, 10,296 ; number unabated, 51; number abated by written order of the department, 3,374; number abated on verbal notice by officers, 6,922.
Number of slaughter-houses in the District, 101 ; number in good condition, 88; number in bad condition, 13; number of live stock slaughtered during the year, 87,867.
Number of bone and fat boiling establishments, and hide and tallow warehouses in the District, 9; number in good condition, 8;, number in bad condition, 1.
Dead horses and cows reported and removed, 861 ; dead hogs, dogs, cats, &c., reported and removed, 786. Amount of property received by the property clerk...
$12, 899 85 Amount of property delivered by the property clerk..
13, 240 80 Property and money delivered at the police stations to others than the property clerk.....
227, 878 35 Thirty-five bawdy houses have been closed during the year by order of the major and superintendent of police.
The police officers have reported'the receipt of $1,210 46 as rewards received from citizens for special services. I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
CHARLES H. NICHOLS, President. . Hon. 0. H. BROWNING,
Secretary of the Interior.
THE ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL EXTENSION.
ARCHITECT's Office, United States CAPITOL,
Washington, D. C., November 1, 1867. Sir: I have the honor to submit the following, relative to the public works in your department wbich are under my supervision, and showing the operations of this office since October 31, 1866:
CAPITOL EXTENSION. The marble work of the southern and western porticos of the south wing has been set in place, thus completing all the porticos. The cheek blockings of the eastern front of the north wing have also been set. It is expected that all the marble work of the wings will
be put in place this season. Much is to be done in cleaning, pointing, and trimming the marble work.
The chimneys are yet to be properly topped out, and the iron gutters, which are difficult to keep water-tight, should be covered by copper gutters. Some changes should also be made in the skylights over the halls, as, owing to the large size of the glass, the expansion and contraction, from the change of temperature of the season, causes many of them to crack and leak.' Lights similar to the new one recently placed over the Supreme Court-room would be less liable to be affected by the difference of the seasons. This change will not only remedy the defect in the present light, but will be a large annual saving in the item of repairs.
The ceiling of the post office room of the Senate has been painted, the principal picture in fresco. Some measures should be taken to finish the decoration of the other rooms and passages already begun, particularly the ceiling and spandrels of the walls of the Senate reception-room. All the exterior wood work should be repainted. The granite steps to the arcades should all be reset, Marble pedestals have been ordered, to support the statues in the niches, and bronze railing to protect the same.
Many rooms, both in the wings and the old portion of the building, needed for committees, are now used for packing and storing documents. As the walls and floors of these rooms, and those of the passages, are being injured by such use, and as the rooms are required for different purposes, other accommodations should, in my opinion, be found outside of the Capitol for these warehouses.
In extending the grounds, triangles at the south and northwest of the public grounds will be cut off by the quadrant leading from Pennsylvania avenue to Capitol Hill, which would be convenient sites for these buildings.
I had the honor to propose, in my last report, a plan for cooling, in summer, the air of the halls, by means of taking the air from the basins of fountains in the eastern grounds, and thence along subterranean ducts to the halls. If this improvement is to be made, it should be done next season, before the terraces are finished.
The Crawford bronze doors, for the principal entrance to the north wing,
which have been cast and are now being finished at the factory of James T. Ames, esq., Chicopee, Massachusetts, are nearly done, and will, in all probability, be put in place next season.
A large water main is now being laid for the better supply of water to the Capitol.
I again beg leave to refer to the necessity of extending the central portico; the necessity of this improvement has been set forth in the former report from this office.
Amount expended from October 31, 1866, to October 31, 1867. Amount paid for marble cutting, dressing, and setting .... $109, 622 04 Amount paid for marble from the quarries at Lee, Massachusetts. 43, 637 58 Amount paid for monolithic columns from the Maryland quarries 2, 800 00 Amount paid for painting in fresco
3, 000 00 Amount paid for painting, paint, and glass. .
3, 337 62 Amount paid for materials, casting, and fitting, on account of bronze doors .....
15, 366 24 Amount paid on rolls of mechanics, laborers, &c.
59, 061 12 Amount paid for miscellaneous bills, such as bricks, lime, sand, cement, hardware, lumber, iron work, &c.
19, 705 22
255, 529 82
Cash account of the Capitol extension.
$80, 410 83
706 15 300, 000 00
Expended from October 31, 1866, to October 31, 1867
381, 116 98 255, 529 82
Leaving, on the 31st of October, 1867, an unexpended balance of 125, 587 16
An appropriation of $125,000 is required for the next fiscal year, for the continuance of this work.
ANNUAL REPAIRS OF THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL. By the act approved March 30, 1867, the repairs and improvements of the Capitol were placed under the directions of this office, and in conformity to a provision in the item for casual repairs, water-closets have been placed in the reporters' gallery of the House of Representatives, and also in connection with the House committee-rooms of the judiciary, commerce, foreign and military affairs. The old and defective hot-air furnace under the room of the Court of Claims has been taken away, and steam radiators supplied ; also six bays of radiators placed in the lower passages of the old portion of the building; all of which are supplied by steam from the boilers of the Senate and House wings.
As the passages and stairways between the rotundo and the Senate wing will be kept comfortably warm by the steam heating apparatus of the Supreme Court, I recommend that the rotundo and the old ball of representatives may also be heated in the like manner. At present the rotundo and the passages of the central portion, are cold in winter, and often damp from the condensation of the moisture of the atmosphere on the cold walls. Persons often cross from one end of the building to the other from the heated halls or committee-rooms without the precaution of their overcoats, or even hats, much to their discomfort and