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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 27, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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OIL IS NEEDED FOR UNITED " CHARITIES'
MACHINERY OIL OF HUMANITY
BY JANE WHITAKER
Do you want to see the -wheels, of
the ponderous machinery of the sta
tistical United Charities in motion?
This is an excellent example be
cause it embraces all of their pet hob
bies, inadequate relief, home -wrecking
and rehabilitation. Even also, a
little visualization.
Mrs. Katherine Sims lives in a
basement at 1049 W. Washington
boulevard. She has two little daugh
ters and a most beautiful 6aby, Mx
' months old. The most beautiful baby
has just had an operation on its head
and has to be taken to the dispen
sary for treatment every day-but it is
one of those "laughy" babies that sit
and coo and wrinkle up their eyes.
The father of the baby well,-he
Is somewhere out in the big world
hunting what he could not find in
Chicago work, and if he doesn't find
it somewhere else the most beauti
ful baby won't see its daddy again.
v "He tried so hard to get work,"
Mrs. Sims said.' "They say there is
work for anyone who wantsjt That
isn't true. He walked the streets
day after day. He even applied to
the Volunteers and to the churches
and everywhere it ,was the same:
'There is no work.' V
"We had no food in the house; and
we had no heat Some times my land
lady, who hasn't much herself, would
give lis a little of her fuel, or the two
men in the front of the house would
help us out, but we. were cold most of
the time, and we were all hungry.
"And -last Wednesday he couldn't
stand it any longer. He" said there
wasn't any use his hunting work
here; he co'uldn't" get it. And he said
there wasn!t any use of his sitting
around watching us starve to death.
He was going away 'to findvyprk
somewhere and if he found it he
would let me hear from .him; if he
didn't well, I guess I won't hear.
"I haven't much use for charity,
because when I was- in the hospital
and my husband was taking care, of
th two children, cooking for them
and dressing them for school, the on
ly kind of charity that people wanted
to give us was to break up our home
and take the children away. The
Juvenile people were coming around
trying to find an excuse to get the
children.
. "But I just couldn't sit here and
starve when my 'husband left, and I
was tola about the United Gharltiesj
so I went there last Friday fend asked
for temporary relief until I could get
work.
"I know those girls hr the office,
are sort of snippy and hard, but I
guess maybe they get that way lis
tening to so many people with trou-
bles. Ona of them gave me fifty
cents Friday night, and she told me
to come around Saturday, and Satur
day she gave me an order for gro
ceries seventy-five cents worth.
"Mr. Bright over at the West Side
branch said hat was all they could
do for me, but they would send my
baby to the County Hospital and
send me and my children to the
Home for the Friendless.
"I didn't want, to go there. And
I couldn't let my baby go to the Coun
ty Hospital. It is a nursing baby,
and, even if it werevwell, it would
break its heart away from me. But
she is sick. They said I could only
see her one hour a day, in the even
ing when-1 got through work and I
couldn't,, couldn't do that
"Mr. Bright said that was all he
would do. He wouldn't pay the rent
of this basement
"Then I applied to the county ton
fuel and groceries, and I 'got some
groceries and the fuel came .this:
-morning..
"Yesterday, though, I was desper-j
ate and I went to the Sisters at SU
Mary's. They couldn't take my baby

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