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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 25, 1913, Image 21',
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CALLS MISS VON KETTLER'S WORK "JUST TH&
INTEREST OF (ONE HUMAN BEING IN OTHERS '
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y By Jane Whitaker. j
Because the efforts of Miss Adelaide Von Kettler. on behalf of the em-l
ployes of the Boston Store interested me, I have devoted some time to a
studjrof her, work, and I am forced to admit that, as she carriesit out, it is I
just the interest of one human being in others, and cannot.be regarded aSj.
charity. - .
It is hard for me to admit that. I loathe charity so much that I amt
forever peeping beneath the layers of philanthropy to drag it from its lair.
But I am Willing to be fair when I am CONVINCED.
It is the welfare of the employes that Miss Von Kettler is striving after.)
She takes a personal interest in them all studies their. temperaments, begs,
them to confide in her when they are in difficulty sees that "they, getf
proper medical attention without cost, so that it is not a ..matter of coh-j
suiting a cheap physician and bfeing given careless, "if not harmful, advice
he told me she. wanted the girls to have a piano, and she did nowant"
to ask" Mrs. Netcher for it so she wrote to the various manufacturers ex-"1
plaining the purpose for which she
desired to use the instrument and
promising the best care if thay would
let her have a piano to use. She re
ceived several offers and took the
There, are many other. things she
has done things that "the average
welfare worker would ,not think of
and in each case she strives to ac
complish with little' or no expense' to
the Boston Stores without obligation
to the girls or boys she helps and
with, only the gratification to herself
that she has added a little happiness
to someone's life.
There is one girl with an excep
tional musical talent. JFor her Miss
VoA Kettler secured a free scholar
ship in one of the best schools. And
she feels well repaid in the knowledge
'that the girl will be. a great musician
"Miss Von Kettler has secured free
lectures for the employes, and I
must, tell you of the metho3'she used
in one particular instance.
Bhe had, with some friends, at
tended, a lecture at the. Auditorium,
delivered by MiHarry N. Tolles, of
national reputation. This was on the
subject, "Making opportunities;, a
Studv in Business Success," and was
accompanied by stereoptican- views.
When the audience were dispersing
Miss Von Kettler-lingered until she
could speak "to the lecturer. Then
she frankly asked him if he would re
peat the evening's entertainment,
without finst. tn thfi Rnatnn fitnr atti-
Pployes. And on the .evening of Feb- '
ruary 13 , Mr. Tolles made good his
promise.' ' , .
Miss Von Kettier;.alsowrote to Lil
lian Russell, asking" 'her .if.sbe would
talk to the girls, Miss Russell
graciously replied tliat "she regretted
being unable to -arrange it this time
owing to: the Uftenessrof he request,
but that she would return to the city
shortly and would be very glad.of the
opportunity, as she was deeply inter-
ested in working girls.
It is the spirit behlnd the work that0 .
interests ;the different" attitude from'
the regular philanthropist " the1
smug, complacent individual who be
lieves that humanity should forever
bless his name. 1
Miss Von Ketler is venAbitter that
her work should be called charity.
"My girls and boys are proud," she
said. "They would not accept char
ity. They know that t want to .help
them, that I want them to come to'
me for advice, and that I worry i