For the first two years of its existence the Home
was supported entirely by voluntary contributions and such funds as the board could beg. Then the State
came to the relief of the institution, and up to February 12, 1892, the board had received from that source $60,000.
In March last the Legislature passed a bill, the conditions of which were that the State
would appropriate to the Home
$150 a year for each inmate for a period not exceeding twenty-two years, no annual appropriation to exceed $30,000, and that at the end of the twenty-two years the State
was to take possession of the property under a deed from Lee Camp.
This arrangement afforded greatly-needed financial relief, and enabled the Home
to increase the number of its inmates.
Yet, as above stated, there is still a wider field before it if the hands of the board are upheld by further substantial aid.
The labor of those who have managed its affairs has been truly a labor of love and of patriotism, in which, in season and out of season, they have made sacrifices of time and money.
Owing to a mistake in the bill above referred to the Home
was entirely without revenue for three months and had to incur a debt of $4,000.