1883: A House of Assignation

A prominent Naugatuck Valley lawyer has been investigating the State Industrial School in Middletown, Conn., and the result has caused no little scandal in that State. It is said that the institution is little better than a house of assignation. An investigation will be made, and a shocking state of affairs is expected to be disclosed. Of recent inmates, Katie Boughton has just given birth to an illegitimate child at the New York City Hospital. Mary Jessup, of Waldron, has an illegitimate child six months old. Fannie Tucker, aged seventeen, is about to be confined, and Mary Green, aged fourteen, was confined January 1. The last three are at the New Haven Home of the Friendless. It is alleged that these girls were all ruined at the school, or at places where the school put them out.

From the Bourbon News (Paris, Kentucky), Feb. 27, 1883.

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