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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 11, 1913, Image 4

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But it was also true that Mrs. Clark
was expecting a visit from the stork;
that she had four little children; was
absolutely helpless and penniless and
unable to pay the rent.
It may have been-an excuse for re
fusing to grant a pension, but was
no reason for refusing to aid a help
less family.
The United Charities realized that
the family was worthy and in need
of assistance, but tried to dodge the
responsibility and shift the burden
upon some one else's shoulders.
Mrs. Clark's brothers were picked
out as "goats."
One of themwho is partially blind,
and seldom has enough to eat, was
told to pay his sister $1.50 a week
or go to jail. Another brother is sick
ly and scarcely earns his living; the
third, a carpenter, is out of work.
These three unfortunate, helpless
men, unable to aid themselves, were
forced to contribute $4 a week.
"My blind brother almost went
crazy," said Mrs. dark. "He didn't
know where to get the money and
was afraid he'd go to jail."
Of course, they often failed to con
tribute and Mrs. Clark and her chil
dren suffered.
Unable to stand this condition any
longer she went to the county agent.
A Mr. Driscoll handled her case.
"We can do nothing for you," he
said. "You have an estate coming."
"That may be true," sobbed Mrs.
Clark, "but at present I have no
money. My children ar$ hungry and
I must pay the rent. Won't you please
give me something for them to eat."
He left her weeping. "She went
home as she came empty handed.
She went to the United Charities.
They gave her an order on the county
agent.
They refused to honor 'the order
and told her to go to woftc. She
showed a medical certificate, stating
that she needed medical attention
and nourishing food, that she was
pregnant and unable to work.
"Oh!" "some one remarked, "why
don't she live on potatoes?"
"I would, if I had them," she sob
bed. "Won't you please give some to
me?"
Everywhere she went she received
the same answer. "If you don't get
the property, we will give you a
mother's pension. If you don't get
the property, we will pay your rent.
If you don't get the property, we will
give you supplies."
Meanwhile, her little children were
starving and the landlord threatening
to throw her into the street.
Three months' rent was due. The
landlord, insisted upon a payment.
She went to the United Charities and
they paid for December. $36 for
three months' rent is, still due and
theVe is nothing in the house to eat.
The county agent refused to fur
nish supplies. "We will help you if
you don't get the property."
The United Charities shrug their
shoulders and say: "Let her brothers
help," forgetting that they are help-
less, jobless men.
Mrs. Clark sits in a corner hud
dling her three-week babe to her
breast.
BUTTER AND EGG BOARD CASE
Arguments on the master in chan
cery's report, upholding the conten
tion of the government that the Chi
cago Butter and Egg Board and the
Elgin Butter Board are violating the
Sherman act, will begin before Judge
Landis tomorrow. District Att'y Wil
kerson will ask the dissolution of the
two butter boards and a permanent
Injunction, restraining their members
from meeting ior the purpose of fix- ,
ing butter and egg prices.
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DECREASES WAR TAX
Mexico City, Dec. 11. On demand
of Charge Nelson O'Shaughnessy
and Senor Caligan, the Spanish min
ister, the Mexican government agreed
to reduce by one-half the 5 per cent
war tax on the property of residents
of Mazatlani including Americans and
Spaniards.
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