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Hampton Negro Conference. Number III. July 1899.

1899VA-State-Hampton_Proceedings (37).pdf

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census officers endeavor to collect accurate statistics in regard to the colored race, and that they incorporate them in the Twelfth Census; (2) that they make comparisons with corresponding classes of whites, not only in our own but in foreign countries; (3) that the schedules of property be such as to make possible a report of the holdings of colored people; and (4) that these officials be asked to make a special interpolation of the statistics gathered by Dr. DuBois of Atlanta University. It was added that it might also be helpful to forward to the census bureau suggestions in regard to the appointment of a colored specialist or specialists for this work.

It was clearly the opinion of the conference that it was not to the interest of the race to evade or cover up facts, and that the whole truth must be sought after; for instance, in giving the valuation of property, the amount of encumbrance should always be added, in order that correct conclusions may be drawn.

Suggestions of the Committee on Domestic Science

MRS. VICTORIA EARLE MATTHEWS, CHAIRMAN

My personal contact with tenement house dwellers in New York leads me to urge upon the conference with all possible earnestness the actual need of the institution of some plan by which the very poor and ignorant may have free practical information and guidance concerning dietetics, hygiene, and the laws of health. If capable women could be sent out as missionaries with the above end in view, in all districts and localities crowded by our people, incalculable good could be accomplished. Neighborhood and nurses' settlements could also be made useful.

I would further urge the need of wholesome recreation, gymnasiums, and public baths, for our young people as a valuable aid towards the upbuilding of a pure home life, for as Herbert Spencer says, "Perhaps nothing will so much hastens the time when body and mind will be adequately cared for as a diffusion of the belief that the preservation of health is a duty."

RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE FOR 1899-1900.

MRS. ROSA D. BOWSER, CHAIRMAN

From observation and experience we know the necessity of home training, the lack of which is due to the following causes: (1) poverty and the necessity of the mother being away from

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