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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 04, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 8',
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charity organization it could be con
ducted very successfully as a detec
f tive agency.
Notwithstanding Lies' admission of
the enormous amount- -ot money
spent in rehabilitating families, -he
was forced to admit that the U. C.
is constantly receiving an increased
.number of appeals, which led Repr
'Curran to question the efficiency of
this "rehabilitation" process.
Cases read from theTecords of the
U. C. showed that an aid woman of
70 had appealed to them for aid, had
been given a little coal but no other
relief, which the U. C. excused by
saying that the old woman drank.
They had, however, thoroughly in
vestigated both the women and her
husband who was in a soldiers' home.
A mother of three young children
had been given a couple of dollars re
lief and two weeks in the. country
while the U. C. investigated her. Then
the case was dropped, as, according
to Miss Bjrd, the district superintend
ent, "they did not believe the hus
band had really deserted h$r, but that
he would eventually return, and they
did not intend to fix up a home for
him." Miss Bird, asked to read to
the commission a letter from the So
cial Service Bureau, in regard to this
family, inserted the words "for him"
in the reading after the statement
that it was not thought advisable to
fix up a home. Attorney Mooney call
ed her attention to the fact that she
had added the words which did not
appear in the letter.
Another woman who was very ill,
was branded "unreliable" by the XL
' C. investigators. "We did not lead
her to believe we would support her,"
Miss Bird said, "but we offered to
get her work." Iffer"
Attorney Mooney brought" ojit the
fact that the woman was toowck to
f Another family who appealed to
the U. C. was referred to the county
agent, who offered to send them
back where they came from so they
J WQUld not be a charge on this com
munity. Upon their refusal to leave
the City the U. C. washed their hands
of the case. When the wife again
presented herself to their office and
told them stie had no food, they re
ferred the case to her relatives.
Mrs. Eva Roth wasn't specific
enough as to the death of her hus
band, according to U. C. records. She
was donated $1 for food and some,
fuel and sent to the county doctor
for medical attention. That was all.
In another case where the children
of a family desperately needed cloth
ing on January 21, they were left wait
until February 5, and then the U. C.
gave them clothing to the value of
a very small amount
That tha United Charity, as de-.
clared by The Day Book sometime"'
ago, furnishes little of the relief , but
refers the cases to other charity
agencies and thfin takes the credit it
self, was-shown-by the' number, of
cases they turned over to the county
agent and other institutions, the
while their records showed "supervi
sion and relief."
Also, in accord with ther-statement
of The Day Book some time ago, the
U. Q. spent in the last fiscal year the
sum Of $172,854.12 in salaries;. and
expenses to disp'ense relief amount
ing to $123,805.35, making their sal
aries and expenses amount to $13 for
every $10 they gave away.
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