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SOME LITTLE INSIGHTS INTO "THE UNITED
CHARITIES THAT BELONG TO THE.PUBLIC"
B'Y JANE WHITAKER
Since the United Charities, In a letter published in the press stated:
"The United Charities belongs to the public," It is only fair that the public
should know just how it runs.
Whisper! It wasn't at all easy to find this out. The "workings" are
as closely guarded as the secrets of an Egyptian mummy. But from time
to time I will let you "in" on the stories that have been told to me.
The following one is from "an investigator": u
"The'United Charities makes the boast that they do not pay salaries
to investigators," she declared. "Well, that is, like many other boasts, but
half true. They do pay salaries to a number of men and women who are
doing investigating work. '
"The unpaid investigators are what I was when I started in the work.
Social service students. Girls who are taking a course at, say, the School
of Civics, or any other place of the kind. This course embraces social ser
''The schools loan the pupils for a given time to the U. C.
"The girl wants the training either that she may later get one of the
many executive positions. inthe offices of the U. C, or that, she may become
affiliated with some other charity or institution.
"Hpw does it work? Well, for example: Miss Brown is a student
She has been sent to see Mrs. Jones, who has a family and is in dire need.
Miss Brown returns to the office and files a report. Nothing further is done
for the next two weeks, unless perhaps a letter or investigator has been
sent to some of the woman's relatives.
"Then Mrs. Jones calls the office again. She is desperate and a little
angry. I am Miss Johnson. I am told to call on Mrs. Jones after I have
looked over the records of the case.
"By the records I find Mrs. Jones has three children, husband out of
work', rent not paid, no food in house'. Also I may find she has an uncle in
Chicago who has been written to or
interviewed arid he wouldn't do any
thing and couldn't be made to. But
also I may find she has a brother
"Now I must find out the address
of the brother. I call on- Mrs. Jones.
She isn't charmed to see me, , but is
rather cross because nothing has
been done in two weeks.
" 'How do you do, Mrs. Jones?' I
I say. 'I am Miss Johnson, a friend
of Miss Brown.' Miss Brown could
not come Ijerself, so she asked mexto
call in her stead.'
" 'Well, why didn't somebody help
' " 'Why, I am sure they have been
doing what they could. How have
"She has managed by borrowing a
quarter here or there the rent is still
unpaid tie milk man hasn't shut off
the milk yet on account of the baby,
but he will this week.
"I listen idly. I have to find out
about the brother. He is uppermost
" 'Let me see. Miss Brown said
you had a brother out west. I am
interested because I have a brother
in Arizona. He is a cowboy, and I
miss him. so much. Is your brother
"Gradually, hy adroit sympathy
and questioning, I find out brother is
a miner in Butte, Montanar and has
a family and cannot help anybody,
but I go back to the office and make
my report Brother is written to and
told his sister is in dire need and he
must send money to assist her. Ani