Living conditions at St. Joseph's were excellent. Discipline very strict, though. I remember that whippings by the nuns were given for wetting the bed. I had a great feeling when I could sleep all night without wetting the bed. I guess the whippings worked? The food was good, clothing was good, and recreation was excellent. The only abuse was the whippings most boys got for doing things they were not supposed to do and for using slang words like "heck." There was some homosexual activity between the boys and they were punished, whipped, for that if they were caught. When run-a-ways were caught they got a beating from Father Crean. He knocked me to the ground for leaving a hoe out on the circle driveway leading to the home. However, he treated me fine otherwise. We had sports: baseball, boxing, football, all played with very little equipment, but I remember that these activities were lots of fun. In hinesight, I believe my treatment was good and I deserved any punishment I received. I consider myself fortunate that I was there and my education was excellent. I ran away because I wanted to be with my family.