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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 10, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 13',
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and last December I remembered a
woman who had beejAgood to us
when we were in trouble three or
four years ago, so I wrote and told
her our circumstances and asked if
she could let -us have a Christmas
"She sent $25 to one of the investi
gators of the United Charities to be
given to us, and while Miss Doyle
was with the United Charities she
bought us $5 worth of groceries
three times out of this $25, and once
she gave me $3.25 of the money.
"Then she left the United Charl
tieB and she told methey made her
turn the balance of the money over
to them, which was $6.75.
"I had received a five-day notice
from the landlord, so I wrote to the
United Charities and asked them if
they would send this $6.75 left of the
money the lady in question had given
them to my landlord.
"There was no answer to my let
ter, but one day a new investigator
called, looked around, asked - some
questions, and said the $6.75 would
be seit us.
"It did not come. We had no coal
in the house and that was the worst
part. I went to the county agent and
he told me I had strong men in the
house, and the county couldn't take
care tf families like ours, but he did
let us have a little coal.
"The men could not get work. The
investigator of the United Charities
said she would try to get George a
job, but she could not do it.
"Then I called at the office of the
United Charities and they sent a man
investigator here. He looked around
and asked some questions and went
away promising to send the $6.75,
hut it did not come.
"I waited a while again, paying
what I could manage to scrape to the
landlord until I got another five-day
notice, then I sent George to the of-,
fice of the United Charities, and two
weeks ago the $6.75 was sent to the
landlord,, though the United Chari
ties had it since Christmas."
"Then the United -Charities never;
really gave you one cent of assist
ance. They simnly handled the S25
given you .by another woman."
"That is all," Mrs. Rose answered,
"but I do not want charity. If George
could only get work now I am sure
we would get along all right, because
I work as many days as I can."
And then the oldest boy came
home for 'Bis supper, so I reluctantly
But somehow all the way home I
forgot to think about the contempti
ble manner in which the United Char
ities held on to money that did not
belong to them while a woman went
out and worked and worried over un
paid rent and children were going
hungry, and I just thought of the
happy laughter, and the bright "faces, ',
and the love of them all and I
I SHOULD SAY SO
Trotter Well, and what news of
our friend Forbes? Has he come to
the froAt yet?
Snooks Come to the front yet? I
should jolly well think he has!
Trotter Ah! I knew he would.
But, tell me, where is he now Z
Snooks When you were with us,
you'll remember he was playing the
back legs of the elephant in the
panto. But that was ten years ago.
Now he's been promoted to the front