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|Transcription||Brownson House, 711 Jackson St. Los Angeles, Feb. 27, 1910. Rt. Rev. Thos. J. Contay, #114 East Second Street, Los Angeles, Cal. Rt. Rev. and dear Bishop Conaty: The Executive and Nursery Committees of Brownson House Association desire respectfully to submit the following report to your Lordship as a result of their investigation since the meeting at your office last November. At that meeting the Catholic Day Nursery was declared to be a necessity in Los Angeles. We then first consider the extreme difficulty of financing the Brownson House Day Nursery; we secondly considered the fact that a new location uptown was necessary; and thirdly, the practicability of creating a Nursery board of representative Catholic women. At the time of the Conference, we were Five Hundred ($500) Dollars in debt, having been obliged to borrow this amount from the Bank at seven percent (7%) interest on our individual note, in order to carry us through the summer. On October 1st, we sent out letters of appeal and received a little over Five Hundred ($500) Dollars as a result. Then Christmas came and the donations amounted to Seven Hundred three ($703) Dollars. Out of this, we have paid the Bank the Five Hundred ($500) Dollars with accrued interest, leaving us short of Seven Hundred ($700) Dollars to carry on the work from January 1st. As our expenses are Two Hundred ($200) Dollars or over per month for Brownson House and the Nursery together, about Seventy-five ($75) Dollars for Brownson House and One Hundred Twenty-five ($125) Dollars for the Nursery, by Easter our Treasury will again empty. Thus we are face to face with another crisis. We are confident from our experience, especially of last year, that it is folly for us to expect the general Catholic or other public to support us in a large entertainment. We are class-ed by the Protestants as a distinctly Catholic charity, no matter how much we do for children of all races and creeds, and the Catholic public, even the clergy, do not rally to our support in sufficient numbers. Thus we are limited to those who know us personally, and who aid us all the time. The list of our Christmas donors, subscribers etc., from year to year reveals the same names with few additions. For this reason, large entertainments and their accompanying outlay are entirely out of the question for us. Small entertainments netting only a few hundred dollars, will do us no good, as we -1-|