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ANNUAL REPORT ON THE ASYLUM FOR THE INSANE, NEW WESTMINSTER, FOR THE YEAR 1884 British Columbia. Legislative Assembly. 1885

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 Annual Report
on the
ASYLUM FOR   THE   INSANE,
NEW   WESTMINSTER,
P0R  THE
YEAR   1884
VICTORIA: Printed by Richard Wolfenden, Government Printer,
at the Government Printing Office, James* Bay.  48 Vic. Report on the Asylum for the Insane. 335
REPORT
ON  THE
ASYLUM   FOR   THE   INSANE,
FOR  THE   YEAR
1884.
To the Honourable Clement Erancis Cornwall,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour:
The undersigned respectfully submits, herewith, the Annual Report of the Superintendent
of the Asylum for the Insane for the year 1884.
JNO. ROBSON,
Provincial Secretary
Provincial Secretary's Office,
January 24th, 1885.  48 Vic. Report on the Asylum for the Insane. 337
Provincial Asylum for the Insane,
New Westminster, 31st December, 1884.
Sir:
I have the honour to transmit you the Annual Report of the Receipts and Disbursements
of the Asylum for the Insane, for the term of one year, commencing January 1st, 1884, and
ending December 31st 1884; also a Tabular Statement of the working of the Asylum, which
you will find correct; also the Doctor's report and his recommendations, of which I fully
approve.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient Servant,
To the Hon. John Robson, J. PHILLIPS,
Provincial Secretary. Superintendent,
REPORT.
MEDICAL OFFICER'S REPORT.
New Westminster,
31st December, 1884.
Sir,—I have the honour to submit the following Report on the British Columbia Asylum
for the Insane:
By reference to the Annual Statistical Tables, you will find a full report of the operations
of this Institution for the year ending on the 31st December, 1884.
The total number received during the year was eleven; the number discharged, seven;
and the number of deaths, two—one male and one female.
The great number of improvements which have been added to this Institution since my
report of the previous year, is very encouraging.
The new wing, although not inhabited at present, will no doubt be in a fit state for
occupation before long. This addition—which is of brick, with a good stone foundation, and
finished outside like the main building—is more adapted to the requirements of an institution
of this sort than the old building. The wards are roomy; the corridors are wide, and bright
and cheerful, and allow of a pleasant view of the mountains and river from the windows. The
hot and cold water taps are placed in the most advantageous positions for cleansing purposes
and in case of fire.
A fence has been built, which encloses the whole of the grounds of the Institution, and is
both useful and ornamental, and is all that is required.
A house has been built for the Resident Physician. It is well built and comfortable, and
is very convenient to the Institution.
The improvements to the old building are very satisfactory. The balconies, four in number, are very much appreciated by every inmate of the Institution, allowing them to have the
benefit of fresh air and recreation on days and at times when it would be impossible to be
outside.
The windows in the sitting-rooms have been let down to a proper height, which has
improved those rooms very much.
The new store-room that has been built is much larger than the old one, and allows of the
stores to be properly put away.
The new addition to the pantry is what has been long required, and is a great convenience.
With all these useful additions, I am of opinion that we may look forward to greater usefulness than heretofore in the management and relief of those committed to our care.
In closing this report, I wish to thank the Superintendent, Matron, and employes for
their kindness and attention to the wants of those committed to their care.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient Servant,
To the Hon. John Robson, R. I. BENTLEY, M.B.,
Provincial Secretary. Medical Officer, B. C. Asylum. 338
Report on the Asylum for the Insane.
1885
STATEMENT showing the number of patients admitted, discharged, and died from January
1st, 1884, to December 31st, 1884; also the number remaining in the Asylum on December
31st, 1884.
Number of patients January 1st, 1884	
Number admitted during the year	
Number under care and treatment	
Number discharged recovered	
Number discharged improved	
Number discharged on probation not returned	
Number discharged on probation returned	
Number died	
Number discharged and died	
Number of patients remaining December 31st, 1884
Males.
41
9
50
43
Females.
10
Total.
49
11
60
51
The following pages furnish a full statistical  account of the operations of   the Asylum in
tabular form, with explanatory headings to each table.
Table A.
Showing the place of residence from which eleven patients were admitted from January 1st
to December 31st, 1884.
Place   f Residence.
Males.
Females.
Total.
1
1
5
1
1
" 2"
1
3
5
1
1
9
2
11
Table B.
Showing the nativity of eleven patients admitted from January 1st to December 31st,  1884,
Nativity.
Males.
Females.
Total,
3
1
2
1
2
1
4
1
1
3
1
2
9
0
11 48 Vic.
Report on the Asylum for the Insane.
339
Table C.
Showing the age of eleven patients at the time of  their admission from January 1st to
December 31st, 1884.
Ages.
Between 20 and 25 years
Between 25 and 30 years
Between 30 and 35 years
Between 35 and 40 years
Between 40 and 50 years
Between 50 and 60 years
Males.
Females.
Total.
11
Tabli D.
Showing the supposed cause of insanity as stated in the commitments of eleven patients from
January 1st to December 31st, 1884.
Supposed Cause.
Males.
Females.
Total.
1
1
Child birth	
1
1
2
1
1
1
2
1
2
Ill health	
1
1
1
1
3
1
9
2
11
Table E.
Showing the class of insanity of eleven patients, at the time of their admission, from January
1st to December 31st, 1884.
Form o£ Disease.
Males.
Females.
Total,
3
1
1
4
3
1
1
2
6
9
2
11 340
Report on the Asylum for the Insane.
1885
Table F.
Showing the civil condition of eleven patients, at the time of their admission, from January
1st to 31st December, 1884.
Civil Condition.
Males.
Females.
Total.
9
9
2
2
9
2
11
Table G.
Showing the occupation of eleven patients admitted, from January 1st to December 31st, 1884,
Occupation.
Males.
Females.
Total.
1
1
2
2
4
1
1
1
1
4
1
1
1
1
9
2
11
Table H.
The following table exhibits the number of admissions, recoveries, discharges, deaths, escapes,
number resident at the close of each year, increase and decrease each year, number treated
each year, and in the aggregate; also the ratio of recoveries and deaths each year, from
October 12th, 1872, to December 31st, 1884.
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4 48 Vic. Report on the Asylum for the Insane. 341
Table I.
Account of articles purchased and consumed, and other expenses for the year, from the 1st of
January to 31st December, 1884,
Butter  $ 564 75
Sugar  225 40
Oatmeal  47 48
Tea  112 16
Sal Soda  11 00
Tobacco  108 96
Eggs   36 75
Coffee  19 55
Cheese  27 65
Sago  6 25
Ham  51 97
Apples  26 56
Matches  5 50
Coal Oil  77 25
Currants and Raisins  18 60
Worcester Sauce  15 00
Brooms and Brushes  8 37
Pepper and Salt  7 53
Soap  33 75
Rice  1 75
Flour  25 00
Mustard  12 00
Syrup  33 75
Corn Starch  2 00
Pearl Barley  1 80
Lime  8 00
Box Clay Pipes  4 00
Small Groceries  7 00
Vinegar  2 20
Lard .  2 60
Beans  3 62
Fish  80 50
Beef and Mutton  1,390 88
Potatoes and Vegetables  345 60
Bread  750 87
Milk  335 05
Fuel  605 65
Drugs  135 11
Clothing, Slippers, and Hats  357 87
Funeral expenses  15 00
Post Office Box and Stamps  15 00
Furniture, Bedding, and Lamps  Ill 25
Miscellaneous  53 00
Salaries  6,039 96
  11,743 94
Transport of Lunatics and Keepers         438 25
House Repairs:—■
Repairing water mains  43 37
T,aps for laundry, and valley of house  6 75
Repairing leak in sink, and cleaning waste pipe  1 00
Lights for windows  ,  1 50
  52 62
Patients are charged with all expenses except transport of lunatics and keepers, and house repairs.
Table J.
Showing the articles made in the Matron's Department from January 1st to December 31st,
1884.
Dresses  10
Jackets  2
Skirts  4
Chemises  6
Towels  .' \.'!!!!.'.! °....... 3 342
Report on the Asylum for the Insane.
1885
Table K.
Showing the amounts received from paying patients and other sources, from January 1st to
December 31st, 1884.
January  $ 9 60
November ,     88 75
98 35
Table L.
Showing the average number of patients per month, and the cost per day and per month, from
January 1st to December 31st, 1884.
Months,
Average number of Patients
daily.
Average daily
expenses.
Average cost
per capita
per day
Average cost
per capita
per month.
49
49
49
49
49   .
49
48
48
48
48
49
51
$33 18
33 67
31 69
31 38
31 21
30 80
30 26
28 43
33 10
31 69
33 97
35 73
cts.
67
68
65
64
63
63
63
59
68
66
70
70
$20 99
19 92
March	
20 22
April	
19 21
May	
19 76
June	
18 90
19 61
18 36
20 68
20 46
21 03
21 86
48 5-6ths
$32 09J
65J
20 08J
Table M.
Products of the Garden for the year ending 31st December,  1884.
lbs.
Potatoes    1,083
Turnips       500
Carrots       100
Lettuce        10
Radishes  8
Acknowledgments.
I most thankfully acknowledge the receipt of the following newspapers, regularly contributed by their respective proprietors—British Columbian and Mainland Guardian. No
gratuitous favours are so acceptably received by the inmates, or contribute so much to their
entertainment and benefit, as clo these regular supplies of this kind of reading.
J. PHILLIPS,
Superintendent B.C. Asylum for the Insane.
New Westminster, B.C.,
January 1st, 1885.

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