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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 19, 1913, Image 7',
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"AH of the three miners were killed
in the disaster and the woman was
left penniless and helpless. She ap
plied for relief to Mullenbach."
"And what did she get?" asked
"She was told that the funds in
Mullenbach's Jiands were only for
the relief of relatives and so she
starved," said Cennak.
"Did she. die?" asked Curran. ,
"No," said Cermak, "we, the coun
cil committee, got there in time and
we helped her out."
"Who was in charge of the United
Charities-Red Cross relief work at
Cherry?" asked Curran.
"Orson Smith of the Merchants'
Loan and Trust Co. was chairman of
the relief committee," said Cermak.
"Ill tell you some -more," Cermak
volunteered. "Since I've been chief
bailiff of the municipal court I've
bumped into quite a few cases show
ing the charity of the United Chari
ties. "One of them in particular comes
to my mind. In this case the. United
Charities separated a man and wife
and had their children put m an or
"What is the purpose of the Bo
hemian Associated Charities?" asked
"Chiefly the United Charities," said
Cermak shortly' "Two years ago
the Bohemians of Chicago discovered
that their countrymen were being
discriminated against by the United
Charities and so the Bohemian Asso
ciated Charities was organized."
'Felix Von W Wysow, of the Ger
man Aid Society, was the next wit
W Wysow explained that he got a
salary of $100 a month. Chairman
remarked that from what he had
heard W Wysow was worth quite as
much as Eugene T. Lies of the Unit
ed Charities, who gets $5,000 a year.
"I think that the name of air. Lies
is peculiar anyhow," said Curran. "I
understand that he pronounces it
lees,' but most people pronounce the
word spelled the way his name is
spelled 'lies.' "
W Wysow told something of the
work done by the German Aid So
ciety. "All I want to know," said Cur
ran, "is this: Do you do as the Unit
ed Charities does and give advice in
stead of food?"
"No," said W Wysow, "we give
the food first and then the advice,
and administrative work only costs
us 13 per cent of our total expendi
tures." The attention of Mr. Curran was
called to the attacks on the Curran
committee on behalf of the United
Charities which have been published
in the trust newspapers. Curran
"Say, son," he said to the reporter.
"I'll tell you something. Whenever
you hit a man on a sore spot he's
mighty liable to holler. When you
hit him on a well spot, you never
hear a word from him. I guess this
committee hit the United Charities
on a mighty sore spot
"Superintendent Lies seems to
think that I had some pergonal aim
in my exposure of the United Charit
ies. That is not so. If the United
Charities is crooked I want to show
them up; if the United Charities is
not crooked, why don't they bring
their books in here? There's no law
against their doing so.
"This committee will make its re
port to the house within the next
few days. That report will recom
mend the appointment of a joint com
mittee of the house and senate to
investigate, not charitable instituions
In general, but the United Charities
in particular. It also will recommend
state supervision of all charitable
institutions and maternity homes.
"So far as I can make out 70 per
cent of the money donated by the
people for the relief of the poor never
reaches the poor at alL Instead it
serves as a rake-off for fat-salaried
professional charity workers. I sup-