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receiving less-thau $900)."
We don't doubt this is perfectly
true. We've heard of United Chan
ties workers who were paid starva
tion wages, but so far as the ques
tion of salaries are concerned it is
the, salaries of the higher-ups the
people are interested In.
"It is well to point out here that
the United Charities is putting at the
disposal of the community the ser
vices of 750 volunteers, In many dif
ferent capacities, in addition to its
Evidently the United Charities
thinks it has a lien on those who
volunteer to help the poor, the way
it talks of "putting them at the dis
posal of the community."
"As to the story that it cost $5,000
to investigate a certain case before
relief was granted, the fact is that
it cost less than $2, while the total
cost of service of the United Charities
wojkers In handling the case, after
detailed estimate, is found to be
Now this unquestionably refers to
the sad case of Mrs. Maggie Ustich.
And It was never said "by The Day
Book, which exposed the way the
United Charities treated Mrs. Ustich,
that it cost $5,000 to investigate the
case before relief was granted.
What was said, .and what was
taken from the United Charities own
Tecords, was that the estimated cost
to the United Charities of looking
after Mrs. Ustich during a certain
period must have been approximately
$5,000; that during this period the
United Charities (noj any other
charitable Institution nor person ap
plied to on behalf of Mrs. Ustich by
the United Charities, but the Chari
ties alone) only gave Mrs. Ustich
$261 worth of cash, food, clothing,
rent or other actual relief; and that
the United Charities took three days
to. Investigate after she first applied
tothem before they gave her one
penny of relief in any form.
"Insteadof giving only $261 in aid,
as published, $734.63 was granted, of
which $643.63 was for food, rent,
etc., and the remainder paid In cash
(wages at $1 a day) for moderate
work at the nursery." !
Novwhat the United Charities has ,
given Mrs. Ustich up to date we have
no mean of knowing.
But on their own figures, as above,
it was only $100 in cash and $634.63 x
in "food or cast-off clothes. Which
Isn't much if you consider that Mrs.
Ustich and four children were sup
posedly urfder the care of the United
Charities for one year and a half, and ,
Mrs. Ustich and the two children yfho
have not survived it, were under the
care of the United Charities for six
But outside of that, up to the first
of the year, one year and one half '
after the United Charities began1
"handling" Mrs. Ustich, they gnly
gave her $261 worth of relief, accord-'
ing to their own records.-
During that time, of course, the
United Chanties got rid of some 'of
Mrs. Ustich's children by putting
them in the Home for the Friendless,
a thing they did not mention in their
denial of the charges.
Possibly the United Charities has
"included" the cost of the board of
the children at the Home for the
Friendless in their estimate of food
supplied Mrs. Ustich.
If so, it Is a peculiar thing to do,
since at the end of one year, the
United Charities ordered Mrs. Ustich0
to get her children out of the Home '
for the Friendless because the Home
for the Friendless refused to keep
Altogether the general denial of the
directors of the Charities does not
impress us highly.
It gives a lot of pretty statistics
that will not bear analysis and gives
no facts as to what the United Chari-
ties ever has done for the poor
which is the thing the people want
Furthermore, the expert account-.
ant audited books of the United Char
ities may may look as beautiful as a -
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