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" "For' the "Salvation Army reasoned
this way:' The United CharitiesTboasts
that" it is connected with almost every
cnantable .institution in the city, -and
with almost everyhospital and lying
in asylum. They recently have raised
a great deai of mdney'vby a "whirl
wind campaign" among business
men. Surelythey can look after these
s So Mrs. iGurtis and the deserted
wife walked all the way down town
from Warren avenue, because neither
of them could spare live cents for
carare. And every step of the way
was agony to them m their delicate
. But they thought it would be-all
x Tight when they reached the head
quarters of the United Charities.
' Mrs. Curtis told her story first to
the United Charities; then the desert
ed, wife told her wretched tale. The
officers of the United Charities were
very polite. But they were not in
terested! "We are sorry," they said. "But
we can do nothing for you.. You both
have husbands, and so dor not come
under our 'jurisdiction.? " " .
"But. we haven't.any nioney," Mrs.
Curtis pleaded. "We both are so hun
gry. And I'm so afraid of what
might happen to me in my condition.
" Couldn't you give us just an order
for a meal?"
"We shall do nothing for you; you
both have husbands," the "trained"
and extremely "scientific" officers of,
the United Charities told them.
When the two forlorn women
reached the street, Mrs. Curtis was
"What am I going to do?" she
cried, "Myhusband can't get word
to me. for se'yeral days, even ht h.e
knew where I am, which he does. not.
And I don't know what might happen
to him. What shall I do?"
" The deserted wife did not answer
at once. She was brooding over her
own trouble., .And she was' the more
helpless of the two.
"I once heard of a "Mother's Relief ,
Associatioti,"' she saidrkt last;. ''Let
us. go there. Perhaps they' will lielp
us. Perhaps" and his was said very
.bllerlyjrr."they are not organized."?
So the two women went to the of
fice ofFrances Armstrong Woods,
western .manager of the. Club Fellow
and a' moving' f actor in many 'duali
"The Mother's. Relief Association
is expressly for elderly women,'' Mrs.
Woods explained to the two bewil
dered women, so friendless and alone
in the" midst ot Chicago's, millions.
"But the Association of Commerce
has been collecting thousands for the
relief of the Dayton flood victims.
Probably they can help you. at least,
' Both .the women went to the Asso
ciation of Commerce) into the offices
of which the money of; the people of
Chicago has been pouring by the
thousands ever since ther.first awful
news, of .the cyclone and, flood disas
ters reached the publip.
Mrs. Curtis told her story there.
It was a very' simple story. It did not
take long to. tell. And it vfas a very
little thing that Mrs. Curtis asked.
Yet, incredible as it may seem, this
association of the leading business
men of Chicago, an association which
blared forth that it would,sencf $100,
000 to the Dayton sufferers the day
the news of the extent pf the Dayton
disaster became .public, and which
has . been collecting that ,$100,000
from the people ever since,, said to
"If you wait thirteen or-fourteen
days you will hear frorrr your hus
band, yourself. VVe can dry jiotK'ihg
for you'i'.' I
And this same great, rich associa
tion said to the other woman, the de
serted, suffering' wife:
"We cap co nothing at.aii tor you."
s A committee of society women,
headed by Frances Armstrong '
Woads;,took up the cases of the two
women. Mrs. Curtis has been sent
to join her husband, through this
committee's efforts. The other worn-"