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tinc"'nature of their investigation-. .
It is recorded that after this scene,
Mrs. Ustich was given 50 cents and
left much sweeter and with a better
attitude than she,had had all along.
Three weeks later, on the urging of
a doctor, the United Charities tried
to get the woman into a hospital.
Every hospital- applied to shut its
doors against her, and unable to bear
up 'under her troubles, Mrs. Ustich
took drugs to produce a miscarriage.
She was" not successful, but she did
become violently ill.
She was sent to a home. The last
one of her four children was taken
from her arid sent to another home.
As the days of her confinement ap
proached, Mrs. Ustich became more
and more hysterical, more and more
afraid of the future. She could not
stay in the convalescent hospital in
which she was put, because the little
work she did there was not enough
to keep her from worrying. She was
"sullen and hysterical".by turns. The
United Charities acknowledged that
they were "entirely 'at a loss to know,
what to for the woman."
After weary days of searching, .Mrs.
, Ustich at last found work in a Madi
son street restaurant at $3 a week.
She was discharged there when her
condition became apparent.
The baby was born and turned out
to be a fretful, sickly child. This add
ed to the mother's difficulties. She
could not keep a room for herself
because of the child.
Months went by, and then g. United
Charities letter addressed to .Mrs.
Ustich was received at the United
Charities office. It was opened and
found to be from a man.
This horrible state of affairs led.
to another "scientific" investigation,"
which showed that Mrs. Ustich pnce
had a man caller. She was question
, ed about this and denied that, she had
" ever had a male visitor. This .denial
, led to the conclusion by thq United
Charitiesr that Mrs. Ustich was '"fal
sifying and was selfish and jnercen
-July 4, 1912; Mrs. JJstich's, threes
children, who had been in the Home
for the Friendless for over a year',
were restored to her, and it is noted
that she-"was very happy because of
the children's forthcoming and very
Soon after this the United Charities
made an appeal to a wealthy woman
who before had contributed $50 tor
ward.the upkeep of the Ustich family,
for more money. The woman wrote
back suggesting that a Mothers'en
sion be secured for Mrs. Ustich.
The crowning calamity in Mrs.
Ustich's life occurred December 12,
1912. On that day,- while she was .
washing' clothes in a nearby base
ment, twa, of her children and a
neighbor's child, were "suffocated by
gas in her home in the rear of 828
Ewing street. )
Mrs. Ustich then was sent to rela
tives in ,St. Louis, where it was hoped
that distance and new scenes would
dull the pain of her sorrow.
She is now back in Chicago, living
at the qld address on Ewing street.
The tjnited Charities is paying her
rent or has made arrangements
that she live free.
Mrs. Ustich works now about four
days a wek. She gets 75 cents a
day. And somehow she- is managing
to struggle along on this, despite the
fact that United Charities' doctors
suspect she is suffering from either
pleural or kidney trouble they don't
seem sure which. "
But she is a nervous wreck, a
woman who fears idleness more than
she fears hunger, for when she is
idle her thoughts "turn always to the
children she burie'diast December.
If this were merely an" isolated in
stanceof the misfortunes of a yvoman
and her children it might not be of
such great importance.
But it is more than that. It is not
the only case of the sort in Chicago;
and what makes it of supreme im
portance is this:
IfMVIrs. Ustich had been granted a
mothers' pension, to which.she was