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CURRAN COMMISSION BITTERLY SCORES
ACTIONS OF UNITED CHARITIES
Springfield, III., June 3. The Cur
Tan legislative committee, appointed
to investigate organized charity and
foundlings homes, made its report to
the legislature today.
The committee bitterly scored the
United Charities of Chicago for as
suming to control all Chicago chari
ties and for spending so much money
investigating cases of the needy be
fore helping them and for the sal
aries of administrative officers.
The committee recommended that
a law requiring that only 25 pe"r cent
of money collected by any so-called
charitable institution should be spent
for administrative work and that 75
per cent be spent for actual relief.
The committee also recommended
a rigid state supervision of maternity
homes to put an end to the baby bar
ter that so long has been a disgrace
The committee censured the
Juvenile Court of Chicago for the
manner in which it dealt with the
cases of young children, and scored
the system by which illegitimate
children or foundlings are "farmed
One blow that will touch the
United Charities is contained in the
-"The officers of a society should
not be final judges of the fitness of
the parents when the parent in
quires for a child, that has been
placed out, but a state officer should
be the judge, and in his discretion in
form the parent as to the where
abouts of the child."
The United Charities has. made a
practice of owning any family it
helped after investigation and of
telling courts and police what to do
with the members of the family.
"It is to be regretted," says another
part of the report, "that a woman
who has. been wronged by a man
should have-to bear the burden of her
illegitimate baby before taunting
world. And that very reason is the
one that makes it so difficult for a
woman to take her illegitimate child
and go out and face the jibes of those
who know no better than to ridicule
the helpless. True, it is shameful for
a woman to lose her chastity, but
nevertheless if she wants to take her
child and live a decent life (and most
ohthem do) she should not be a so
The committee suggests that it be
made a criminal offense for any wo
man to come to Illinois to give birth
to- an illegitimate child, on the ground
that it is not fair to Illinois to have
to support the child if the mother
should not happen to do so or no
baby farmer should happen to get a
hold of it and sell it
Rep. Thomas Curran, chairman of
the committee, will offer a resolution
to the House that the" life of the com
mittee be continued for two years
and that it be instructed to report to
the Forty-ninth General Assembly.'
He also will move that the commit
tee be made a joint one by the adop
tion of members from the Senate.
Sibley, III. Yeggmen blew post
office safe. Got $300 in stamps.
Altoona, Pa. Seven injured, two
probably fatally when auto turned
turtle. Car landed on occupants.
Winnipeg, Man. Four laborers
employed in building extension of
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in
Rocky Mountains drowned.
Paris. 0. F. Boddington, attorney
to Mrs. Barnes, the widow who shot
Walter de Mumm, stated she had no
intention of killing herself.
San Francisco Mrs. Agnes Spald
ing, society woman, divorced wife of
Dr. Otis B. Spalding, took 20 bi
chloride of mercury tablets -when she
heard ex-husband would .marry
again. Will die.
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