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"The applicant comes to the of
fice. There is a short interview. If
itf appears that the family needs im
f mediate relief order would be sent to
grocery near that family. As soon as
possible thereafter a visit would be
made to that family, in order to un
derstand all new conditions there. To
know what further is needed. We
might find-complicated conditions. A
doctor might be needed or a nurse.
Or institutional care. Further con
tinuous relief might be necessary.
"We speak with the family. Pos
sibly secure information from other
reliable sources. The principle thing
is work. We ask the family to get
along if it can on its own resources
or secure aid from relatives able to
aid and all that sort of thing. Some
immediate relief may be given."
This is the statement that Eugene
T. Lies, the $5,000 a year general
superintendent of the United Chari
ties, made to the Curran Investigat
ing Commission on the method they
adopt in administering charity.
And as an example of the actual
working of this "relief" Helen R.
Friend, one of the district managers,
read from the records the follow
ing case of a woman, mother of a
child, and just bereaved of her hus
band: "The landlord called our attention
to the situation on Sept 8, 1913. The
woman was in distress. A-visitor call
ed on that day, but could not see the
woman as she was at her husband's
"Called on the 9th and gave, her 50
cents in cash with directions to se
cure help from the county agent's
"Two of our visitors went together
on September 12. Not given any
thing that day.
"Visited 15th. Learned she had
moved as we had asked her to as she
had very poor quarters. We paid $6
rent to landlord.
'On Sept 20 she was visited and
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given slip for county physician. He
asked that county agent supply her
with milk for infant.
"On the 27th we found she needed
food. We sent $1.25 groceries.
"On the 29th she asked for work.
Had been receiving county supplies
and milk. ' i
"Oct. 1 we gave her half a ton of
coal. She had applied to the Bohe
mian Society for the next month's
"Visited her on the 9th. At office
on the 11th. No relief."
The Teport for November showed
the U. C. had given throughout the
month the sum of $3.25.
In November $7. In December
Lies, recalled, explained their meth
od of dealing with homeless men who
applied to them. In some instances
they sent them to the Christian In
dustrial League, with whom they had
a contract to supply work and lodg
ing. The report of the investigator for
the Curran Commission showed that
on the 17th of December he applied
to the U. C. and was given a ticket
for a ten cent meal and sent to the
Industrial League for his lodging. The
record of the U. C. showed that he
was credited with two meal tickets
and the lodging.
Report of investigator that he vis
ited 940 W. Madison street office of
U. C. Waited around until after 5
o'clock and was referred to the
Homeless Men department Was not
Visited another branch of the U.
C, waited one and a half hours and
again referred to the department of
Homeless Men. Again refused car
fare. December 19th applied at 2804 S.
Michigan boulevard. Sent to depart
ment Homeless Men. Again refused
Called at branch 223 W. 63d street
Referred to department Homeless
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