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Interviewed by a reporter of The Day Book in regard to the ase of a
mother whose application for a pension will be denied unless she is willing
to send one of her children to an institution when she prefers to keep the
sick child at home and care for it, Hunter delivered himself of several bom
bastic statements calculated to show his importance, and which had the
effect of demonstrating with what absolute disregard for anything but per
sonal favor or prejudice the mothers' pension law is administered.
"I can laugh at criticism," Hunter declared. "Even the mayor's recom
mendation would pot influence me."
"You people have been knocking the United Charities. I approve of
the United Charities. Their investigation work is what- saves them from
helping people not worthy.'
"Why we .have a lot of investigators. And our investigation system is
even more intricate than the United Charities.
"In the first place, all pension applications must come before a com
mittee consisting of myself, Mrs.
Quinlan, who is a member of my staff,
and Meyer, the county agent.
"We reject or approve all applica
tions. Of the 891 applications re
ceived during the last fiscal year, only
235 reached the Juvenile Court, and
only 185 of these were granted pen
sions. "We pass on the application first
and some of our sixteen salaried in
vestigators investigate the case.
"If they do not find anything pre
judicial to the mother, the county
agent and his Investigators take up
the matter, and if they do not find
anything the Juvenile Court passes
upon it ,
"It is necessary thatwe handle
the thing that way. If we granted too
many mothers' pension, the people
would protest against the expense."
"What about the expense of the
investigators?" the reporter asked.
Hunter smiled in a crooked way
that was almost a sneer.
"The investigators are necessary;
they are part of the necessary ex
pense." "What salaries do they get?" the
Hunter hesitated, then he an
swered: "Oh, fifteen of them receive $90
a month and one gets $125. That is
only the salaries and, of course, does
not include their expenses, like car
the fact that 385 families, compris
ing 1,108 children, are receiving pen
sions. The average paid to each fam
ily is $27.61, and the average to-each
Since the. law grants $15 for the
first child and $10 for each additional
child, though Hunter is very careful
to say that this rests with Judge
Pihckney and cannot be enforced if
it is not the pleasure of the judge,
there is a discrepancy of $1.88 be
tween the average of $8.12 and the
lowest amount the law allows, $10,
and a discrepancy of $6.88 between
the average and the highest amount,
The reporter questioned Hunter
His explanation was rather vague,
very windy without conveying much
solid information, but it had to do
with "the expense of investigation
that was really part of the pension,
"Investigation is expensive," Hunt
er fairly gloated. "But I believe in it.
Charity should never be given with
out investigation. Think of the peo
ple who would impose. The investi
gating we do gives me absolute con
trol over the recipient of a pension
and her family.
"We don't stop the investigating
when the pension Is granted. We go
rieht on and see that the wnmnn
snends the monev as w thinlr ff
Further conversation brought out should be snent See. that she don't