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CURRAN COMMITTEE TO CALL FOR COMPLETE
INVESTIGATION OF UNITED CHARITIES
The Curran legislative commis
sion, which has beenlnvestigating al
leged charitable institutions, ended
its work today.
The commission will hand its re
port to the house of representatives
within the next few days.
That report will make two import
ant recommendations: First, that a
joint committee from the house and
senate be appointed to investigate
the United Charities, and second that
a law providing for state supervision
of all alleged charitable institutions
and maternity homes be passed at
.The opinion of the Curran commis
sion that the name of the United
Charities ought to be changed to the
United Grafters was further con
firmed at the hearing held in the
Ranters' Hotel today.
The first witness was Anton Cer
mak, now bailiff of the municipal
court, but formerly an alderman.
Cermak is connected with the Bo
hemian Associated Charities.
"In the last two years," said Cer
mak, "the Bohemian Associated
Charities has spent $6,709 for actual
relief work and $1,824 for what the
United Charities calls administrative
"Then the percentage your people
spend for administrative work com
pares very favorably with the 53 per
cent that the United Charities spends
for administrative work?" suggested
"Yes," said Cermak, "and if you
want me to tell you a few things
about the United Charities I'll do so."
"Go ahead," said Curran, "every
member of this commission is real
curious about the United Charities
- "Well, what I know won't take
lorg in the telling," said Cermak.
"I was a member of the city coun-
-A committee which was sent to in
vestigate the Cherry mine disaster.
"Before our committee ever was
appointed, the United Charities andj
its ally, the American Red Cross So
ciety, was supposed to be in full
charge of the situation and to have
given relief to all the sufferers from
"But when we got there we found
that there was not one single ounce
of meat in Cherry the Red Cross
Society had had all kinds of canned
stuff and beans sent to Cherry, but
the majority of the foreigners surviv
ing the disaster did not know how to
use the canned goods and no attempt
was made to show them how to. '
"Through the efforts of Thomas P.
Scully, who then was an alderman,
but now is a municipal judge, we got
meat sent down to Cherry.
"When we got to Cherry, John
Mullenbach of the Red Cross Society
and also an assistant superintendent
of the United Charities was in charge
of the situation.
"One of the first places we went
to was Mullenbach's office. It was
quite a luxurious place. I remember
that the carpet on the floor was al
most knee deep. And the people of
Cherry were starving."
"Where is this Mullenbach now?"
"Oh, he was fired by the United'
Charities," explained Cermak. "I un
derstand that he offended a certain
wealthy manufacturer who Is high
in the councils of the United Chari
ties by taking the part of the gar
ment workers in the strike of two
"Outside of that, so "far as I can
make out, Mullenbach always was a
typical United Charities worker.
"I know of one case in Cherry. A "
woman's husband had deserted her
one month before the mine disaster.
She set out to make her own living
and to do so took in three miners as