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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 25, 1913, Image 2

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she had been feeding her six-nionths-aldbaby
on bread and water for three
days and how "she was so troubled
she did not knowwhich way to turn."
This last fact is carefully noted in
the records of the United Charities.
That is part of the "scientific" meth
od. The reader of the United Chari
ties report gathers the .impression
that it was suspected that , Mrs.
Ustrich!s mind was giving way under
her troubles. ,
So the United Charities had a phy
sician examine Mrs. Ustich. He re
ported her "run down and'aenemic
from lack of nourishment and worry;
mind not yet affected."
Apparently, the physician had little
doubt but that Mrs.- Ustrich's mind
SOON would be affected unless she
obtained nourishment and was ,re
lieved of worry. - '
The United Charities-set to work
to relieve, the another's mind from
worry. They took three of her chil
dren from her and- put them in the
Home for the Friendless.
Shortly after. this, a woman told
the United Charities how she had
seen Mrs. Ustich sitting on the steps
of her home crying, .her baby in her
arms', and how Mrs. Ustich had'tola"
her she had had no. money,nor food
for three or four days. -
The next day the" United Charities
got around to "investigating" this,
and found Mrs. Ustich complaining
of dizziness, and her baby fretful and
sick.
Shortly after,' the United Charities
gave Mrs. Ustich work tin their "own
institution,.the Mary Crane nursery
at $1 a- day. When it was found, she
could not get along on this she was
given a United Charities pension of
$1.60 a week, $6. a month.
Then a pitiful scene occurred. Mrs.
Usticfr called at the United Charities'
office, and said she was not getting
along on the money-she. was getting.'
In the. words of the United Charities' ,,
report she "became defiant." .
She was-then "reminded of what
the United Charities had done for
her" and "broke down and cried, ex
plaining that she was soon to be a
mother and that some days she would
become so faint she could hardly do
her wjprk."
This was the first time the United
Charities, knew that Mrs. Ustich was
to be a mother, despite the "scien-v
REMARKABLE SCIENTIFIC MANNER IN WHICH UNITED CHARITIES
HANDLED USTICH CASE AtiD H'SCIENTlFIC" RESULT "
Charitable organizations called in the case 16
, Courts called in the case...;..- 2 -
Individuals called in,the case - : 82
Physicians called in the case . - 11
Nurses called in the case ' 3
Pulmotors .used ; 2
Letters written and received.. -,.... i 27
Visits, phone conversations. and interviews. ' 105
Visits to office by woman or someone on her behalf. ... .41-
Committee meeting considering the case 2
Cash naid by United Charities STfi.oo "
Estimated cost of time and labor spent by all organiza? "
tions, corporations and individuals called in the "case,-
by the United Charities .-. . j. ........ . .$5,000.00 -
It can easily be seen how "scientific" was the handling of the case of"
Mrs. Ustich. '
The net results of this "scientific" treatment is that two of Mrs, Ustich's
children have been killed, and lhat she is barely able to take care of the
three" still alive if someone pays her rent.
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