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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 04, 1913, Image 2',
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to two weeks' work, five days in the week, at $1.05 a day. For the Banio
work in any private home she would receive $1.50 at the least, but charity
invariably "scabs" on wages.
However, Mrs. Corrigan was happy to get the work, and when the
Charities gave her an order for groceries she thought the world was a good
place to live in.' "
But she reckoned without the investigators. The United Charities' in
vestigation work, in Its insolence and its exploitation, hasn't an equal.
The investigators took up the case. They looked William Corrigan
over ana aeciaea tnat ms severe com
was tuberculosis. They also decided
that William must be sent away.
'They also had the baby taken to
the Memorial Hospital for treatment
Just about this time, however,
William Corrigan was able to be
around once more and secured a job.
He claimed he wasn't ill and that he
wanted to work and support his fam
ily. He explained, with due humility,
that their distress had been tempor
ary and they could take care of
themselves now that he was able to
But the United Charities now had
the case, the individual no longer had
anything to say. They sent William
to the Rush Medical College, -where
he Was punched and prodded and
then informed he did have tubercu
losis and it would be necessary for
hiyn to go to Oak Forest
And, meanwhile, the investigators
Were quite busy with Mrs. Corrigan.
They had a beautiful future mapped
out for her. The furniture she had
had in the flat, before she came un
der the tender ministrations of the
United Charities, was stored. Once
William was out of the way, they
would rent a flat for her. Mrs. Cor
rigan promised to be a splendid case
William went to Oak Forest, was
refused, and sent to Dunning. Here
he claims that they wanted him to
shave off his mustache and he re
sented it and refused to comply, so he
did not stay there.
The United Chanties was horrified.
After all the trouble they had gone
to in an endeavor to have William
.placed in some institution, he un
gratefully refused to be their pawn.
He still insisted he was well, he in
dignantly charged that he had lost a
job that "would have enabled him to
take care of his family if the United
Charities had not interfered, and he
requested that he be let alone in the
Mrs. Corrigan was working at the
Mary Crane nursery. A woman, a
new investigator, told Mrs. Corrigan,
she says, that she would have to
take her bahy "right out of the
Mrs. Corrigan pleaded that she
could not do it that day on account
of working, but would the next morn
ing. T3ut the United Charities' repre
sentative was adamant. The baby
must be taken out that day.
Mrs. Corrigan worked through her
noon Tiour, finished at three o'clock
and went to the Memorial Hospital,
to find, that they were rather unwill
ing to let the baby leave the insti
tution and did not do so unto Bhe
told them the United Charities' inves
tigator had said she had to take the
Miss Bergen, another United Char
ities' investigator, was very grieved
over William's unwillingness to re
main at Dunning while he was able
to work for his family.
"It looks to me as if I will have
to swear out a warrant and have him
taken there by force," Mrs. Corrigan
says Miss Bergen told-her, but Mrs.
Corrigan treated It as aoke.
Last Monday -morning at five
o'clock, just as William Corrigan had
donned his overalls and: was eating
his breakfast preparing to start for
work on a job that would pay him