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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 10, 1913, Image 2

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''I would like to ask the lady if the economic evils are not the result of
the system of private employers. My idea is to give every man a job so that
he might have the privilege of supporting himself and those dependent upon
him. You. will find the biggest contributors to charity are the employers.
What about "
The Rev. Mr. Sell jumped to his feet. This was anarchy. The man-might-get
very bold and stamp Julius Rosenwald arid his crew as members
oT the class of child labor employers he was referring to. Miss Sears,
Hushed, was looking appealingly at the minister. Dr. Bell was rubbing his
hands nervously.
"Stop now. No speeches. Ask questions, but make no speeches," he
cautioned.
But he was unable to stem the outburst of indignation from his flock.
In. a small way their feelings resembled the feelings of people in the French
revolution. Only this churchfull of
citizens were making their fight, not
against the government, but against
what they believed a system of sham
and mockery.
A hundred voices urged the
speaker who had assailed the United
Charities to go on.
"Has the lady noticed any di
minishing of poverty?" asked an el
derly man, "since the institution of
the charities? Is it not a fact the
legislators make the laws only for
political pull, and do not provide that
they be carried out?"
By-this time, however, Miss Sears
had surrendered. She was beaten.
She had come down to the chair ex
pecting to put over the same kind of
talk that United Charities' represent
atives have been handing out at teas
and dinners since the creation of the
organization.
"I i won't answer any more," she
said.' "One would have to know
everything to be able to answer."
But the people demanded further
voice on the subject of "charity."
Speakers told of the real charity and
of the real Samaritans, who gave in
a helpful way and because they felt
the joy of giving. JDther speakers de
sired to point out some of the wrongs
of the United Charities, of the heavy
salary list, of the thousands of cases
where their aid had been delayed un
til it lost usefulness and cases where
their aid had been refused.
One speaker recited an unusual in
stance of what he termed "real char
ity." "I was walking down the street and
two men came up and robbed me of
every cent I had," he said. "Before I
had gone very many blocks further
they came after and gave it back be
cause they thought I needed it."
"If it wasn't for this organized
charity we'd have a reign of terror,"
cried another man. "It is an attempt
to stem the tide that is inevitable. The
local police, the state militia, and the
organized army is the machine which
carries out the orders of the organ
ized government to throttle the peo
ple." Several other speeches were made
and the intensity of them sent a thrill
through the usually peaceful congre
gation. "The John Worthy School, which
was founded by charity, is a good ex
ample of the charity now prevalent,"
shouted a man in the rear. "It is
turning out criminals every day. We
thought it was going to take way
ward boys and turn them out fine
men. It doesn't. The real solution is
self-reliance. Charities make people
helpless. People contribute to these
organized charities to exploit the
poor."
A benevolent-looking gentleman
got up and spoke with white-heated
fervor.
"The revolution is coming. Char
ity is a sop thrown to the downtrod
den to quiet the storin. If charity
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