December 7 1912
FREE SOAP DENIED SCHOLARS
Gotham Board of Education withdraws
Plan when Cost is Estimated at
$350,000 a Year
New York--The proposal to supply soap and towels to the children of the New York public schools, which received endorsement from many local societies a few weeks ago, has been cast aside by the board of education, which decided that, while such cleanliness was desirable, it was too expensive a luxury for adoption at the present time. The cost of supplying the towels and soap was estimated by a special commission at not less than $350,000 a year. Paper towels would cost $300,000 a year, it was found, and the mere laundry expense for cloth towels would exceed $300,000 annually.