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HOBOES CONFERENCE TOBE AN
- IMPORTANT ONE
t The coming conference of the
United Brotherhood Welfare Associa
tion, the organization of the unem
ployed, to be held at Hull HQuse,
Wednesday evening, Nov. 12, will be
one of the strangest and yet most Im
portant meetings ever held in that
historic settlement house. '
The brotherhood is trying to ex
tend a helping hand to all the unem
ployed in the city, and -one of the pur
poses of this conference is to find
ways and means for the down-and-outs
to help themselves. If they can
solve this problem for themselves
they will have conferred a great
The organization has also shown
its importance to the unemployed by
obtaining a three-story building at
Congress and State streets. .This
building will be able to accommddate
But now they are up against the
problem of getting enough money to
runrthe place. Their dues of 10 cents
a month have never covered the ex
pense of keeping such a refuge. This
problem will be gone into at-the com
fHere is their own announcement
of the coming meeting: .
"Statesmen and philosophers have
been looked to when, our flaunted
prosperity was challenged by 5,000,
000 idle men, and-gravely-each would
set to work to appoint an- investigat
ing committee, compile statistics or
moralize upon the question, their re
sults being only a verification of the
existing misfortunes or a beautiful
outlook some thousand years hence
in a grand brotherhood of man.
. "Tired oPbeing the 'goat' for char
ity clearing houses, being fed upon
impalpable portions of sympathy and
awaiting the 'dawn of a flew day,' jthe
unemployed have set about to rem
edy their conditions.
''Apparently they have struck pay
dirt as far as logical theorizing goes,
and itnow rem'ains to be panned into'
the glittering reality.
"After taking a history of their
own case and observed their symp
toms, they diagnosed as follows:
TVo-thlrds of Chicago's Tvinter bums
and tramps have spent at least three
or four of the summer months at use
ful migratory work, either harvesting
or working in construction camps. In
the fall they start for the large' cities
whose 10-cent flops and 5-cent stews'
are commensurate with their hard
earned winter 'stake,' already squeez
ed traveling from the last Job.
"Arriving in Chicago- their scanty
horde becomes the coveted- swag of
the jack-roller and the barrel-house,
and the useful harvest hands and
construction workers of the summer
are transformed by this process Into"
the sot and the derelict who .loafs,
begs and steals, and, incidentally,
votes In the winter time. Realizing
the cause of their hunger and rags
and knowing their helplessness to re
move it they have advanced a practi
cal scheme for avoiding it.
"Banding themselves into "the In
ternational Brotherhood Welfare As
sociation, they have already secured
a downtown building for a winter
home and are arranging a big confer
ence to be held at Hull House, Nov.
12, where they hope-to have present
many of Chicago's prominent-' citi
zens and public officials, tyith whose
co-operation, they look for immediate
LONE BANDIT HOLDS UP TRAIN
Omaha, Neb., Nov. 7. A lone ban
dit, in approved Western style, un
masked, but heavily armed, held up
the crew and passengers in the ob
servation Pullman car on the through
Chicago-Denver train on the Burling
ton road, and relieved them of $300
In money and five valuable watches.
, Police say the work of the bandit
closely resembles that of Harry l&t
rosseT Omaha and Kansas City train
robber,, who is a fugitive from justice.