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to have been a most harmless bill, that could not possibly have hurt anyone
and was evidently not intended to help anyone.
It may be, however, that since the bill said something in a vague way
about starting a state employment bureau System in this country similar
to that in Germany and other countries where conditions are just a little
worse than here, and the United Charities is opposed to the state controlling
anything that the UC. can possibly get its hands on, Prof. Henderson had
to oppose that inoffensive, friendless bill to make a proper showing with
the U. C.
Prof. Henderson, speaking for the "revived" committee, outlines the
same program which previously wasted a year's time, while men walked the
streets by the thousands, shelterless, jobless and -hungry.
"As soon as the committee can meet," said Prof. Henderson, "we will
at once take up the report of the committee on homeless men and set about
devising recommendations to the
mayor and city council for relief."
Right here it is necessary to pause
and reflect on the fact that Prof.
Henderson, in his capacity as presi
dent of the United Chanties, which is
taking up a collection of $350,000 for
the professed purpose of taking care
of the unemployed this winter, is
pledged to do this work through the
organized charity trust, therefore it is
rather peculiar that his committee
will "devise recommendations to the
mayor and city council for relief."
If the United Charities is honestly
collecting this money, the U. C. will
take care of the problem according
to their boast and their begging plea.
If the mayor and the city council are
to take care of the unemployed, why
is the United Chanties fleecing the
charitably inclined out of that $350,
000, and collecting some of it from
workers who are making $20 sal
aries? Prof. Henderson continues: "We
shall also attempt to get permanent
state legislation for the relief of cobt
ditions which every winter are found
It is evident that that legislative
relief will have to be something that
harmonizes with United Charity
plans, else the professor may travel
to India when the bill is in Spring
field, unchaperoned, as he did on the
Prof. Henderson believes that pub
licity should be given to the indus
trial situation here so that jobless
men would not come here expecting
to get work.
The professor is. a trifle inconsist
ent, if he is speaking as the acting
head of the United Charities, and not
merely a figurehead, as some people
have come to believe.
The United Charities does not con
fine its begging to Chicago nor tp the
state of Illinois. In one instance, it
exploited the misery of a woman to
ibeg funds from people in California.
If it is the policy of the United
Charities to gather its "little drops of
water and little grains of sand' from
all over the country by exploiting the
misery that comes to its notice in this
city, surely the men from the states
and cities from which contributions
have been sent to. the U. C. have a
nght to be helped by the U. C.
The professor goes on to make
quite an ardent plea in connection
with his position on the committee
appointed by the mayor, which c6m
mittee is going to "devise recom
mendations to the mayor and city
council for relief" thatthe people
of the city should contribute to the
United Charities now above all other
times, and throws the scare that this
winter threatens to be a repetition of
conditions which existed during the
years 1907 and 1908.
As a matter of fact, the unemploy
ed in Chicago last winter numbered
150,000. A whisper of protest against
such conditions aroused the mayor
and he appointed, a committee com-