working man may strive to bring up his children in purity and wholesome living, and his landlord will cooperate with him.
If one manages the thing rightly, on business principles, the experiment will succeed.
But one must not forget that a model tenement is not a charitable institution, but rather an educational one, for the very class which most needs to learn the duties and obligations of life, and the inevitable consequences if these are shirked.
The house will fill with tenants, and it will pay five or six per cent net, or more, if one is his own rent collector.
One has beside, the joy of knowing that one little spot on God's earth is through this instrumentality kept sweet and pure against “that day,” when He will bring every work into judgment.
These things mentioned are indispensable to the model tenement, but there is something beyond, that may be added, if one would give “good measure pressed down and running over,” and hope to “receive the same again into your bosom.”
In a tenement-block of five houses, such as I have described, at the South End in Boston
, there were formerly five little backyards filled with sheds and ash and garbage barrels, and divided by high fences, shutting out light and air. It is obvious why fences are high, in one of the worst districts in Boston
The yards were surrounded by the unsightly backs of the old tenements adjoining, and their still more dilapidated fences, reaching to the second story.
Even a kitten would not have played in one of these dreary, sunless pens!
Last spring the generous, philanthropic owner of the block removed all the dividing fences and the sheds, made places for ashes and garbage in the well-ventilated cellars, and threw the whole space