First Annual Report of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice
The first annual report of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice includes information about the Society’s incorporation, mission, and statistics about crime in New York in 1874.
"This Institution was forced into existence by the enormity and the insidiousness of the evil it is intended to counteract." (p.3)
Among the numerous statistics reported (p.5):
Number of arrests
Amounts of fines imposed
Books seized and destroyed
Bad pictures and photographs destroyed
Articles for immoral purposes
Indecent playing cards destroyed
Boxes of pills and powders used by abortionists, destroyed
Immoral circulars, catalogues, poems, and songs, destroyed
Officers for 1875
President: Charles E. Whitehead
Vice Presidents: D.H. Cochran, A.S. Barnes, Samuel Colgate
Secretary and General Agent: Anthony Comstock.
Treasurer: John Paton
Executive Committee: J. M. Stevenson, J. M. Cornell, J. F. Wyckoff, W. F. Lee, Henry R. Jones, E.M. Kingsley, H.F. Simmons
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