Items of Interest

John M. Burke of New York City has given $4,000,000 to establish a Relief Foundation for the benefit of convalescents in need of temporary assistance. It is expressly stated that the founder does not wish to provide for pensioners, and the fund is to be so used as not to increase, but to prevent, the growth of poverty, the chief purpose of the founder being to help those who give or have given evidence of being willing to help themselves. The founder says in effect: "I want to see to it that no worthy person shall need to worry or suffer for lack of care while gaining the necessary strength to take up life's burdens once more." Personal details relative to Mr. Burke reveal a modest, diligent, kindly bachelor; generous in the past to many needy folk, and a son whose love for his mother. long dead, has led him to name the trust after her.

The extensive buildings on Franklin Square, Boston, Mass., formerly occupied by the New England Conservatory of Music, have been converted into a Home Hotel for Self-Supporting Women, under the general supervision of Dr. Geo. I. Perin, one of Boston's most earnest and successful leaders in the movement to better the condition of the Working people. The conservatory, which was founded by Dr. Eben Tourjee, and which has achieved an international is to occupy a new plant in the vicinity of Symphony Hall, Huntington Avenue.

A Library of the Days of Abraham
July 24, 1902

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