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THE LIFE STORY OF THE CASSINO FAMILY A
"MADE IN CHICAGO" TRAGEDY
By Don MacGregor.
The, tragedy, of the Cassinos is
likely "to become the "tragedjoi-a
family starved out of existence" in
the. midst. qf plenty.
For God alonet knows, what is
going to become. 6f Mrs.'Cassino.
Perhaps, as -the .reports qf the
United Charities intimate, would
be a good thing; sjie will be sent
to wear out her life behind the
gray walls of some asylum for the
And if" her sickly, half-starved
children stow to manhood . and-
womanhood, it will be only be
cause society radically ' changes
its treatment of them.- V
Yesterday's Da Book told
how ,Mrs. Cassino's husband died,
leaving her, with three chihjren.tp
look after; how she appealed "to,
the county for relief ;. how she was
given only such food as made her
children still more sickly than
they naturally were; how she
asked the United Charities to get
her a job, and how thev United
Charities instead investigated
and forgot her.
The United 'Charities resent
the' publication of such stories.
Their officers say it hurts them
with the people who give them
money, and in their-labors.
The United Charities, has no
right "to say anything like this.
The-United Charities make al
most every othercharitable or
ganization nthe city report cases
to them and be guided by them in
the treatment of cases.
;So long as the'United Charities
does Jhis,. so long as the United
Charities monopolizes charity,
the U.nite'd Charities must stand
ready to accept such criticism as
may result from the publication
of the fact in any case they have
touched'on and fa;iled,in.
: But to returnto the Cassinos.
The tragedy of;their existence did
not begin with the-'death-of the
husband' and .'father. It besran
with his,- b'h-jtnan&with the birth
of his wife, and every last little
bit of the, tragedy was. "made in
'Chicago." - t '
' . Mrs.. Cassmo was born at 243
Twenty-fifth street: Shehas lived
in thatlieignborhopd all her thirty-seven
years., Fred Cassino
was born on the West Side. Both
are the children of German im
migrants.; They" were married
eleven years "ago.
The first' child, was -borrt in
1902. It was a girl. They named
her Clara. Clara is a sickly girl
today. Her blood' is bad; the
slightest scratch becomes wjth
her a painful sore. Once her
right handjDained her. Her father
took her to, the clinic qf the
Northwestern University. ' She
came back from there with a long
slit between her thumb and fore
finger. Mrs. Cassino does not
know why the operation was ne
cessary, nor what caused the pain
in her girl'shand. Sheneyer was
j-tekl But, anyway; the medics
had their tun cutting up the
hand " ' '
Lucille came two years after.
Clara. Lucille .also is "far from