The Jervis McEntee Diaries - November 14, 1888

Diary Entry:

Wednesday, Nov 14, 1888 Down town this morning and saw Sam about Mike Murray. Said he could be sent down on the City of Kingston but had no faith he would go, said he was utterly demoralized but thought if he would go it would be the best thing. I went to look for the Captain of the boat but could not find him, then I looked for Mike but could not find him and finally went home hoping he might possibly come there. After lunch as he did not come I went down town to look for him again and had the good luck to find him with some boys on the steps of a house opposite the "Long house". I asked him to go up home with me, but he refused as I rather expected he would. I gently urged him trying to show him that I could try to get him a home with kind people etc. but all to no purpose. I finally told him that if he did not he would have to do something far more unpleasant and went on down town. I saw Josiah Dubois the Justice of the peace and he advised me to go and see the Recorder and have him commit him. I got into a car and went up to City Hall. Hussey knew all about the boy, said the law compelled him to send him to some Institution managed by those of the same religious faith as his parents, that he had been sent to a Catholic Institution at Peekskill but as there was no legal provision to pay for him he had been sent back. That if I could get the consent of the Catholic clergyman here he would commit him and then we could send him to the Childrens Aid. So I went down and saw the priest, Mr Prendergast, who was just going out to ride but who received me politely, expressed interest and said he would make inquiries and communicate with me tomorrow. I told him if he would sent him to some Catholic Institution where he would be properly looked after, that so far as I was concerned, it would be perfectly satisfactory. Now to see what will come of it. The carpenters have shingled all day and had a fine day, but tonight there are indications of a storm. Sara and I went up and called on the Clearwaters. Mrs. C was at home but he was away. Solomon Brown was buried today. I sent my semi annual dues to the Century today.

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