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167 sacrifice to vanity for which they did not want to pay. Several funds a lottery was organized, for which famous artists and months after the clinic had moved to the new premises the factories in the surrounding area donated works of art. The board decided to grant the physician-director an annual lottery raised fourteen thousand guilders and in the following allowance of 350 guilders and to waive the rent for the private year, town engineer G. Schoth designed a new building that rooms he used in the clinic. The reason for this was that the was to be built in the Prins Bisschopsingel. Because new physician paid for his own instruments and also used these for construction would only be possible if the town would make surgery on poor people. the required plot of land available free of charge and the board When everything was arranged, Dr Swart Abrahamsz doubted whether the town would be prepared to do so, the handed in his resignaton and left the region in the autumn board first consulted the Burgerlijk Armbestuur. Dr van der of1989. The board wanted to pay him fourteen hundred Meer was also of the opinion that it would be useful to be guilders in recompense of the investments he had made, but he connected with an existing health care institution like settled for a thousand guilders. Immediately after he had left, Calvariënberg and therefore thought it desirable to seek doctor J.P.G. van der Meer (died 1933) was appointed support from the Burgerlijk Armbestuur. Building a new physician-director. He had been trained by Professor Dr institution in the grounds of the Calvariënberg hospital offered M. Straub (1858 -1916) ophthalmologist in Amsterdam. Late in considerable advantages. The Burgerlijk Armbestuur, however, 1899, the board had to look for a different building again, judged the plan too adventurous and financially risky. It also because the house in the Sint Maartenslaan had come under thought that the Provincial Government would not give new ownership and would be used for a different purpose. permission to give financial support or land to the institution Construction of a new building was considered. However, this for eye sufferers. Consequently, the board decided to do things was too ambitious and it was decided to rent the building in the their own way. A study of the possibilities of converting the Onze Lieve Vrouweplein 18 at a rent of 650 guilders a year. coffee-roasting house of the firm of Hustinx in the Alexander The number of consultations, admissions and Battalaan to a clinic, failed to lead to concrete plans. operations increased steadily. It was indeed a blessing that the Three years later, the town council received a request nursing of patients had been taken over by the sisters 'under to make land available. This concerned two adjoining plots on the Arches'. The 'Association' paid an annual sum of four the corner of the Prins Bisschopsingel and the Prins Hessen hundred guilders and fifty guilders for clothing for four live-in Kasselstraat covering 2842 square meters of which only 600 sisters. At that time there were frequent reports at board square meters would be built on. Much space was needed for a meetings of gifts and legacies, of new members and benefactors garden to provide eye sufferers with the necessary rest, air and and of grants from a variety of municipalities and institutions. light. Eventually, the town council offered a piece of land of Clearly, the clinic was doing very well indeed. equal size a little further westwards in the Prins Bisschopsingel Accommodation remained a concern, however. The at a strongly reduced price and they were prepared to give a board preferably wanted a building of its own. In order to raise mortgage that would enable construction to start immediately.


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