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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 01, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 6

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hoteL" They do give away as high'
as 50 charity beds in comparison with
3,633 beds that they sell at this hotel.
And this is just one cf their hotels.
The little pikers don't know how to
cover up their trails. In the report
of the disbursements" of the S. A. of
one 'department under the head
"Missing friends and investigations,"
their expenses totalled $1,000.79. The
sum of $7,091.72 for the Fresh Air
Camp shows expensesjamounting to
$2,053.37 apart from provisions and
groceries, general expenses and ex
pressage and rent of the camp and
the transportation expense and ice
supply.
Out of the sum of $13,113.04 for
"general relief, including Christmas
dinners," for actual re'ir' there is
' $5,085.72, including the ling item
before mentioned, and i oalance is
expenses.
Under the "new charity bureau"
everything is lumped, the sum being
small, so that it includes expenses,
office rent, light, 'phone, salaries and
cash relief, and amounts to $591.81.
Also the reports credits the dis
bursements with $420.25 for beds in
hotels, and then the S. A. depreciates
its profits on the hotels by deducting
this same sum that it loses on char
ity beds.
Whatever may be the conclusion
of the Curran commission regarding
the Salvation Army there can be no
doubt in the minds of the people who
are now enlightened regarding why
the Salvation Army corps stand on
the corner begging alms, that the
Christianity which the Christ offer
ed .free is considered by the S. A. as
a thing for which enormous sums f
money must be spent while trifles are
given in providing the material neces
sities of life for the down-ami-outs.
And only investors in Christianity
will feel justified in continuing
former generous contributions to this
"trust," which openly states it "does
not aim to give charity," but only to
uiapeuse reugiuu miu give a man a I
chance by putting him to work at a 1
wage that only the desperate man
will accept. - x
The Christian Industrial League,
12 E. 12th street, represented by Geo.
A. Kilby, superintendent, was before
the commission, but the Christian In
dustrial League is merely a piker""
compared with the S. A., though it is
in a great degree an imitator, as were
the other pikers.
The only startling thing brought to
light about this "charity" organiza
tion, where work is also provided the
down-and-out in return for a .meal
and a night's lodging, is that hitherto
it has been generally believed to be
a branch of the United Charities, an
other gigantic trust, but testimony
before tie commission showed that
the U. C. merely has an arrangement
with this league to give men beds for $'
10 cents a night.
The investigator for the Curran
Commission reported that he Had
been given a free bed and offered
food by the Volunteers of America,
so no further details came to light re
garding this twin-brother to the S. A.
organization.
Mrs. Annie Williams, colored, 718
W. Harrison street, testified that she
has been boarding white children for
some years bast at the same time
that she boarded colored children.
It was also revealed that she had car
ried insurance on some of these
children.
She stated that one of the children,
a little Italian girl named Rosie, had
been placed with .her by Mrs. Ger
trude Howe Britton and another one
by Miss Harriet Fulmer of the Visit-.
ing Nurses' Association.
Unable to read or write, she has
no records of the children she has
boarded. Evidence showed that a
woman of questionable reputation
lived near her.
Gertrude Howe Britton, manager,
of the Juvenile Protective Associa
tion, appeared before the commis
sion, as did also T. von W. Wyson of
tne German Aid Society, who explain
ed that while the Society collected
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