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CONCERNING ONE LITTLE GAME THE UNITED
CHARITIES TAKES QUITE SERIOUSLY
BY JANE WHITAKER
The United Charities has a little game it takes very seriously. Two
pawns are needed-and the chess board is the victim of poverty, on which
the pawns are playecf
These pawns are the twins, "rehabilitation" and "visualization." How
flo they work?
Well; we will deal first with "rehabilitation." A woman lives in a flat
ror which she has been paying $14 a month rent. Her husband is ill or out
or work, and she appeals for aid to the -U. C.
Enter the twin "rehabilitation" in the shape of a U. C. investigator.
"You pay entirely too much rent here, Mrs. Jones. And the rooms are
not nearly light enough. You could get a perfectly lovely flat for $8. or $10
a month, with nice airy rooms and plenty of light. Wouldn't that be much
nicer? And you'd save so much money."
There is plenty more persuasion. The rehabilitation twin is a gabby
thing, but in the end she prevails, and Mrs. Jones moves. She gets further
into debtfor the moving expanses, and she finds she has been dumped into
a basement where it is dark and certainly very cheerless, and she is just
miserably unhappy, when, presto the twin "visualization" knocks at the
Now Visualization is the Queen "of things as they should be and not
of things as they are."
She looks about the cheap, dirty flat; she smells the heavy air; she
notices the lack of sanitation, and
then she visualizes.
Sometimes she visualizes alone.
Sometimes, if she is not too stingy,
she will initiate Mrs. Jones into the
"Just close your eyes, my dear,"
Miss "Visualization will say: "Can't
you imagine this flat a little Eden?
Let me see. Over there in that cor
ner (she still has her eyes closed
but points indefinitely into what may
be the center of the room) we will
have a writing desk. The walls will
be tinted a dainty green, perhaps a
grass green like the out-of-doors.
The curtain at the windows will be
dotted swiss or perhaps a green
Mrs. Jones will probably look at the
twin Visualization and wonder if she
is dangerously mad or just feeble
minded, but if the twin is sufficiently
persistent, she will in time affect Mrs.
Jones, for I must say in favor of the
U. C. plan that if one is around a per
son who is constantly "seeing things."
one gets the habit, also.
But the strangest part of it is that
this rehabilitation through visualiza
tion stops right with the "imagina
tion." The famijy of Mrs. Jones does
not find any furniture vans backing
up to the basement door with a writ
ing desk and the pretty furniture of
the "visualization dream." Neither
does polka dotted swiss for the win
dow curtains find its way to the doon
Nor does the landlord of the $10 flat
arrive with an artist to tint the walls.
The flat remains just a dark, dingy
hole; unhealthy, unbearable, unless
you see I want to be perfectly fair
unless Mrs. Jones happens to be a
woman whose imagination has lived
in spite of the murderous inclina
tions of poverty, and provided she has
sufficient spare time , between work
ing at the Mary Crane nursery, at
tending her sick husband, taking care
of her children and preparing meals,
to sit down and visualize.
Some times it happens that no
sooner has the family become settled
in this abode "under the stairs," wh.ei