The Elimination of the Tramp by the Introduction into America of the Labour Colony System Already Proved Effective in Holland, Belgium, and Switzerland, with the Modifications Thereof Necessary to Adapt This System to American Conditions

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CHAPTER IV
SWISS LABOUR COLONIES

THERE are a great many labour colonies in Switzerland, but attention will be directed only to one pair of them, which adjoin each other at Witzwyl and Tannenhof respectively, situated between Lake Neuchâtel and Lake de Bienne.

The colony of Witzwyl is a forced labour colony instituted by the canton of Berne. The colony at Tannenhof is a free colony started by individual philanthropists. These two colonies had separate directors until the increasing expense of Tannenhof and the diminishing expense of Witzwyl induced the board of directors of the Tannenhof institution to offer the directorship of the Tannenhof colony to Mr. Otto Kellerhals, who had succeeded in making the colony of Witzwyl self-supporting. They are now, therefore, both under the same direction. These colonies are both of them small. On the 31st of December,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Preface v
  • Preface vii
  • Preface xi
  • Author's Preface xv
  • Chapter I - The Problem 1
  • Chapter II - Classification of Tramps 9
  • Chapter III - Labour Colonies 18
  • Chapter IV - Swiss Labour Colonies 34
  • Chapter V - Application of the Continental System Of Labour Colonies to America 51
  • Appendix A - Institutional Farms in America 97
  • Appendix B 103
  • Appendix C - Form of Contract Used in Switzerland 108
  • Appendix D - Rules and Regulations of Nusshof Colony 110
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