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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 29, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 8

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She excused the absence, of the
man who could explain the books by
stating he was out "specialing" on
the road, which meant that he is so
liciting through small towns and
pocketing 50 per -cent of the money
he receives. " -
Hattie was also sure that the Slum
Army was a "charitable" organiza
tion, but had no reply ta make to the
statement of Chairman Curran that
an investigator of the commission
who had asked for a meal at one of
the Slum Army headquarters had
been told he could have a "bowl of
soup "when Arnolds sent over a soup
bone." -v
She told, after having her memory
refreshed by one of the "officers," of
$17 given to a man by the hame of
Bradley, but later admitted that
Bradley was one of the wagon: driv
ers for the army and. so the "charity,,
had not in that case been thrown
away on an outsider, but was kept
right in the family with the rest of it.
. Hattie introduced her charter from
the state of Illinois, procured last
September, giving them the right to
solicit from the public. Her answers
to certain questions relative to the
"board of directors" whose names
are attached to the. charter, and none
of whom are at present with the
"Army" except Hattie, may result in
the charter being revoked.
In addition to soliciting under the
guise of Christianity, the Slum Army
appeals by its implied purpose to care
for the man and woman, who has
gone farthest on the dpwn.ward road,
so that it has twoavenHes of, reach
ing the susceptible pubjic.
Elder Roswell Roles, colored, 5405
South Dearborn street, of the
"Church of God and Saints of Christ
Orphanage Home," admitted - that
they really haver no orphans to take
careof with the; funds they get in this
manner, but he added that the funds
were being used to build an orphan
age-.
The Teport of the investigator of
the commission showed that the An
na Ross "Sanitarium has placed three
babies with people who gave the ad
dresses that proved to be vacant
lots. Dr. W. P. Briney was unable to
explain this.
Dr. C. S. Woods of the Union Park
Maternity Hospital was recalled, but
could give no better explanation of '
why this hospital has placed eight
babies with families whose addresses
proved to be vacant lots.
The callous indifference of Woods
to the fate of babies brought into the
world by unmarried mothers shock
ed the commission. He has these
pothers sign a release form, which
states they "forever abandon", the
babies. And no one apparently
krows or cares what becomes of the '
babies once they are taken from
these" hospitals.
Dr. Tj. D. Rogers, who conducted
the National Emergency Hospital at
1426 Wells street, which was- closed
some months ago after the last in
vestigation by the Curran commis
sion had revealed the awful condi
tions existing there, appeared for the
second time yesterday before the
commission without his boqks. Mon
day he stated they were in storage;
yesterday he said they were lost. He
was ordered to return with them
Thursday or be fined by the com
mission. Further investigation of the
Juvenile Court will be made today.
TO PROBE DANCE HALLS AS
CONTRIBUTORS-TO VICE
Madison, Wis., April 29. The
dance hall has not escaped the eye
of Chairman Howard Teasdale of the
state vice commission. The "bunny
iug" and the "turkey trot," not to
mention the "kitchen sink" and
"broom sweep," are to be investigat
ed as contributors to the spread of
vice, he declared this morning. The
public dance hall, especially in Mil-,
waukee, will be looked into, but he
will not neglect even the smaller
town dances, where there is reason to
believe that they are conducive to
viciousness.
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