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Page 12 of City of Louisville and a glimpse of Kentucky / Young Ewing Allison.

Other educational institutions are the Kentucky Institutions for the White and Colored Blind, among the noblest and most interesting establishments in the country. Attached to these is the government printing establishment for the blind. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, which was removed to Louisville in 1877, has flowered into a great school, with hundreds of students. In 1887 work has progressed far upon the new seminary building which will cost about 3oooo. The dormitories have been constructed and are in use temporarily as instruction halls, the students meanwhile occupying the fine Standiford Hotel property as dormitories. There is also a Colored Theological Seminary known as the State University, conducted by a faculty of competent teachers. The Law Department of the University of Louisville is recognized as a successful school. The Polytechnic School and Library is one of the largest and most invaluable educational establishments, and its methods and objects are so numerous and unique that the organization stands without a parallel among institutions of learning in the South. It maintains a library of more than 40,000 volumes, which number is constantly increasing by purchase and donation. The library is open, absolutely free to the public, thirteen hours every day except Sunday. The library room is x35 feet long and seventy-five in width. It is light, cheerful, beautifully furnished, thoroughly warmned and ventilated, and, being situated on the ground floor, is easy of access. Members of the society are privileged to take books to laboratory in their homes, and which practical o th er reputable demonstra t i o n s persons can se- of scientific sub- cure annual jects are made. membership by The Troost and the payment of Lawrence Smith small fees. A cabinets of nn- course of free sci- erals, and the Oc- entifc lectures is tavia A. Shreve provided annual- memorial cattaic- ly, and these net, containing have attained mineral and oth- wide celebrityre- er specimens of ports of the lect- g great value anfl ures having been beauty are in the secured for publi- keeping of tmha e cation in many society. Attaccess periodicals in is a free art gal- this country and lery of painting abroad. There is Another View of Broad cy, and sculpture by also an extensive American artists. including specimens by Joel Hart and Canova's Hebe." Besides these means of instructions, which are absolutely free, the society provides for the organization of clubs, or acade2ies. among its member-, for the cultivation of any branch of science, art, or useful knowledge which may especially interest any five or more members. Provision is also Nade for close instrnction in various branches of knowledge at a cost barely sufficient to insure regular attendance. The success of the Polytechnic Society since its formation has been phenomena. During the last seven years it has largely im proved its building, purchased several thousand volumes of books, maintained the several departments above enuierated, and paid off 6oCooo of its bonded debt. Its present bonded debt is but 4oooo. It has no floating debt. The church buildings of the city are 142 in number, and there are 135 organized parishes anrl congregations, istrib.o uted as follows: Baptist, 9; Christian, 7; Congregational, 2; Protestant Episcopal, wi; German Evangelical, 4; Ger- man Evangelical Reformed, 4; Jewish, 3; Lutheran, 4; Methodist Episcopal South, mim; Methodist Episcopal North, 6; Northern Presbyterian, 9; Southern Presbyterian, 7; Associate Reformed Presbyterian, 2; Unitarian, x; Spiritual, 2; Catholic, i8; Faith Cure, r; Gospel Missions, 3. Colored churches: Baptist, 15; Christian, t; Protestant Episcopal, 2; Methodist Episcopal North, x_3. Louisville is the seat of the Protestant Episcopal and the Roman Catholic dioceses. The Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption is one of the finest edifices in the West. The church buildings are unusuall y costly andbeautiful, anditn this respectLouisville isjustlycelebrated. The religious establishments con- prise seven convents and monasteries, a YoungMen's Christian Association, supplied with libraries, reading-rooms, and gymnasium, and two branches, one for German-speaking people, the other for railroad employa.s In public and religious charities Louisville surpasses any city in the country, in proportion to population. There are thirty-eight of these institutions, among which the unfortunate or the erring, from the cradle to the grave, of all religious sects, and all social conditions, may find refuge. The public Alms-house cost 21oooo, and persons who are unable to labor, or are helpless from age, are received there. The city also supports a public hospital, founded in o817, and which is one of the largest and finest buildings in Louisville. St. John's Eruptive Hospital is also under control of the Committee of Public Charities. The religious charities and hospitals are upon a very large and generous scale. The Church Home and Infirmary in the Highlands, above the city, is under the care of the Episcopal churches, and provides a home for aged and helpless and working women, and an infirmary for the sick of either sex. It was founded through the gift of ioo,ooo from John P. Morton. The John N. Norton Memorial Infirmary, for the nursing of the sick, is situated in the residence district on Third street, and is also under Episcopal management. These charities occupy magnificent buildings. Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital, for the nursing of sufferers by railway accident, St. Joseph's Infirmary, for nursing desperate cases and strangers, and the Home for the aged poor are three great charitable establishments under the care of the Catholic church. These and the United States Marine Hospital and a number of private establishments, beside four free public dispensaries, provide for the convenient care of all public sufferers. 12

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