Excerpt from Fresh Air Charity in the United States One of the latest and riches fruits of modern philanthropy is that embraced under the comprehensive title, Fresh Air Charity. Inspired, in some few instances, by similar movements abroad, its genesis has been in the main a product of local conditions and enthusiasms. The rapid development of our cities had sacrificed light and air to the pressing demands of modern industrialism. The tenement and the slum had come to be accepted as the price of material growth. Meanwhile attempts to mitigate rather than destroy the ills of congested populations were making. Dispensaries ministering freely to the sick, the growth of organized charity, the development of the college settlement, and the institutional church, are witnesses to a desire to alleviate the life of the poor at their own doors. Contemporaneously with the massing of population in the cities has come, like the memory of a departed blessing, a hunger for the sea, the country and the mountains. The gospel of vacations and outdoor life has been proclaimed as the cure for the nervous exhaustion of urban conditions. Business, religion, education have adapted themselves to the demand for increased relaxation. Where time and money are boon companions it is an easy matter to take advantage of the leisure of the summer months. Happily those who regularly take themselves off to the country or the seashore have t been able entirely to forget the less fortunate denizens of the city who are left behind. Ather influence which has been at work in behalf of this philanthropy is the shifting of interest from the adult to the child. In religion, education, social reform, all questions of progress center about the child. The child is recognized as the salvable element in society. The kindergarten, the manual training school, young people's religious societies, the innumerable clubs for boys and for girls, all confirm what is a matter of common observation. The child is set in the midst to-day after the example of two thousand years ago. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.