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" Another Incomprehensible thing about the newspaper article pertain-'
ing to the U. C. is that the U. C. bemoans the increase iri the number of
cases it has to handle, while, as a
matter of fact, it insists upon every
charitable institution ororganization
reporting to it any cases they handle,
and is a clearing houses wherein a
record'of all such cases, must be filed.
Take the .Visiting Nurses' Associa
tion of Chicago. Under previous
management, they refused to get this
information for the U, C. They had
no right to get it, since many of the
people who call in a visiting nurse are
not asking and do not want charity
merely a few moment's care for the
But times have changed, and the
Visiting Nurses' Association is now
a willing little carrier for the U. C.
The ingenuity "with which these
nurses get the information that they
would not dare ask direct is worthy
A woman calls for a visiting nurse,
or perhaps she doesn't call, but a
The nurse arrives. She must find
out before she goes many things and
everything for the U. C. So she be
gins as she bathes the woman:
"How many children have you,
Mrs. Smith? Three and the baby?
Isn't that nice. The baby is a boy,
isn't he? Named after his papa, I
"No, his name is Harry."
"Oh, of course, how stupid of me!
He is the youngest, the oldest would
naturally be named after papa,
"My oldest isn't," Mrs. Jones re
plies, tmsupectingly. "His name is
James and his father is named John."
"Oh, yes. Harry and James are
such manly names. What is the other
little boy called? You choose such
sensible names. Oh, Franklin. That
is pretty, too. I suppose your hus
band is at work today?"
"Yes ma'am. He's a stationary en
gineer." "That is fine. Pays a good wage,
doesn't it?" '
Pretty good, but .he
steady, though he
"How old is he? Older than you?"
And so, it goes. For the following
things must he' ascertained by the
visiting nurse who should have no
right to find out any of them:
The names of father and mother.
The names and ages of the children.
Nationality. The address. If they
rent the flat. If they take in room
ers? .How many? How do they pay?
If they are buying the property?
How much is paid and how much is
owing? How many rooms? Whether
they are light rooms ..and sanitary.
Condition of the street, the alley, the
yard, the cellar.
Aspect of the house. Cleanliness,
condition of repair, light and ventila
tion. Religion of the family. Name of
the church. How many of the fam
ily are living and how many dead, in
cluding children still born. Name of
the church .they attend. Insurance.
The funniest of all is that they
must-be sounded on whether they are
willing to "co-operate," which means
that if a U. C. investigator should cal
and decide they were spending too
much money for rent, would they be
willing to move into a cheaper flat,
The nurse surreptitiously jots
down on a magazine or anything she
has with her such things as she feels
she cannot remember while she is
worming all of this information out
of the woman, and that night she
writes it out on the cards.
Other societies carry out practical
ly the same plan.
But the point is why does the U.
C. insist upon this being done, if they
are already unable to -take care of
the people who' voluntarily' apply to
them? Do they use these record,lor