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SOME UNITED CHARITY FIGURES ARE MIGHTY
QUEER OTHERS ON THE BLINK
Comes now the United Charities
with a general denial to "criticisms
and insinuations" launched against
Also with the announcement that
the United Charities has acquired a
new head in the person of Prof.
Charles R. Henderson of the Univer
sity of Chicago, in place, of Julius
The general denial of the directors
takes the form of Mark Twain's de
nial of his death when he told news
papermen that the report was greatly
"First," says the denial, "as to
money matters: It -cost the United
Charities last year less than 2 per
cent to collect $271,000."
So far as we can make out, this
only proves "how easythe people are.
'.'The books of the organization are
audited by chartered accountants
every three weeks and annually."
That's real nice. We are glad the
Charities keeps their books so wen.
But that isn't helping the poor.
"A summary of the divisions of our
expenditures for the year is as fol
lows: Seventy-six per cent for direct
assistantancc, 10 per cent for admin
istration salaries, 14 per cent for pro
vision of relief centers and equipment
plus $1,000 payment on land at Al
gonquin." Now that's a nice summary and
makes it look real good for the Unit
But, as has been mentioned before,
it all depends on the way you look
at an elephant what kind "of an ani
mal you thjnk it is.
And the "United Charities has been
found before this to have peculiar
ideas as to just what "direct assist
For instance, take the next para
graph of the report:
"Of the 76 per cent for direct as
sistance in the various departments,
cash, groceries, etc. This does not in
clude approximately $20,000 worth
of such aid which it is estimated our -visitors
secured from relatives,?
friends, etc., and which does not
show on our books. The remainder
of the expenditures for relief was for j
such personal services (to mention.!
only a few) as led to the securing oft
employment, to the reconciliation.,
with relatives, to the keeping of fami
lies together, to the saving of lives.,
through instructions in the care of.
babies and procuring of expert med-:
ical and nursing aid, to the develop
ing of competency, ambition and a
sense of responsibility in people who
showed tendencies toward pauperism
Maybe, at this rate, some of the re
maining 62 per cent for more direct
"direct assistance" than 'the first 76
per cent for "direct assistance" was
spent for the United Charities' fa
vorite hobby investigation. Or for
buying coal for Supt. Eugene T. Lies
office for that matter.
Here is another interesting para
graph: "We have included under 'admin
istration' also the salaries of the gen-,
eral superintendent, the general dis
trict secretary and nine district su-
perintendents persons of the high
est qualifications and of long practi-'
cal experience, who train and direct
the daily work of many younger
agents, labor constanly to secure J
prompt and harmonious charitable
action throughout the city, and who'
encourage and guide the benevolent"
impulses of hundreds of kind volun-,
You see, when you consider a
United Charities report, you must al
ways make allowances for what the
United Charities may have been
pleased to include under some giVen)
"The averaee salary of" our work
2 jrer cent went: fOrirateriaraig In
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