Shipmasters Relief Association.
Among the various organizations in the city perhaps there is none more worthy of remark, as having more laudable objects in view, and carrying out its designs to such a degree, as the Shipmasters; Relief Association; and at this time a passing notice would be peculiarly fitting.-
The Institute was established in the year 1853, for the purpose of combining the Shipmasters residents of this city, in a system for the relief and material aid of the widows and orphans of deceased mariners, and like charitable objects and promoting the general interest of the profession. Since its existence, a liberal charity had ever been the particular characteristic of the Association, and its beneficial results have been wide and happily experienced wherever the hand of the needy has been extended.
Aside from the liberality which characterizes the members of this Association, one feature, and a leading source of revenue, is their Annual Charity Ball, which has been given every winters since the organization, invariably meeting with unbounded success netting a handsome surplus. The consciousness which our citizens feel of aiding in a praiseworthy project prompts a ready response and a liberal patronage of the occasion.
Since the organization, these annual festivals have contributed to the charity fund the round sum of $1,600 and during the same time the Association have disbursed entirely for charitable objects, $1,500, leaving at present a balance of $100 in the hands of the Treasurer. The net receipts of the charity balls thus far have averaged about $400 on each occasion which added to the expense incurred, would swell the gross receipts to a large amount.
The Association now comprises seventy four members, all of whom are Shipmasters sailing from this port. The list of officers at present is as follows:
President - Capt. Chas. Parker. Vice Presidents- Capt. John T. Van Alstine, J. L. D. Kimball, Wm. Williams, James Lockridge, Daniel King, Wm. Thompson, Wm. M. Sweatland, Albert Fitzgerald, Peter P. Wright, S. A. Williams, P. J. Goss, Robert Hayes, R. Stearns. Secretary J. M. OÂ'Leary. Since the founding of the Association four members have died. At the present time there are seventeen widows and sixty eight orphans dependent upon the Association for material aid, of whom five widows and sixty-eight orphans dependent upon the Association for material aid, of whom, five widows and 16 children have been rendered destiture by the disasters of the past fall. The Association meets once a week, during the Winter, at the Supreme Court Room in the City Hall, for the purpose of considering applications for relief. Their fifth Annual Charity Ball is announced on Friday evening of next week, the 29th inst.
We need not speak of the untiring care and particular pains which will be expended to render the affair pleasant to all, as the occasion is famous as a general one and the ne plus ultra of the party season. We shall hope for a long continuance of the union of the Shipmasters of Oswego, that they may prosper in their benevolence and experience the rich reward, dearer than all else to the heart of the true sailor - the consciousness of having lent a helping hand to a fellow voyager in distress; that their voyage of life may be o'er placid seas, ever leaving a ray of sunshine in their wake to light the cheerless hearths and gladden the hearts of the destitute.