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get rid of her man just because he's
sick. Oh, if I could just get the rent
money I could go out and work by
the day. I've scrubbed office build
ings on Sunday and I can do any
thing if I can just get 'work and he
can stay home and care for the chil
dren until he gets better and can go
to work himself. Will you ask the
county doctor if he needs to go to a
hospital? The United Charities wo
man saidl ought to go to a dispen
sary and see if there isn't something
the matter with me as well as my
husband. I told her we'll all go un
derground before we'll break up our
home. They had my uncle's family.
They sent him to Oak Forest when he
was sick and his oldest boy to a hos
pital, and the boy died there and my
uncle came home after a year worse
than when he went away, and in the
meantime they gave my aunt 50
cents now and then and she was in
bed with a baby. I won't break up
my home. " I won't, I won't"
"What did they say when you told
them you would take the 'under-,
ground' road? asked the reporter
"She just looked at me and said:
You wouldn't do that I' "
The reporter went to the telephone
and called Miss McGuire of the U. C.
to the other end of it In a twenty
minute conversation the reporter dis
covered: "The U. C. had not found out from
the county doctor what ailed Ray
mond Goethals, notwithstanding the
only thing they would do was to put
Raymond in a hospital or convales
cent home and his family in a home
or homes none of which charity
would cost them a red cent; but they
would take the credit anyway."
The U. C, would put the husband
in any of the above-mentioned places
and would rent a couple of rooms for
Mrs. Goethals near a day nursery and
she could go to work in order to
support what was left of the family
and, of course, pay for 'the care of
her children and buy their food, but
the U. C. would pay the rent of the
two rooms on condition the family
was wrecked not otherwise.
"You won't pay the rent where
she is?" asked the reporter. "Oh, my,
no," said Miss McGuire. "We could
not do that. We would have to pay
the two months' back rent and the
court costs In addition. We would
let them be evicted, as we say, and
then put the wife and children into
An idle thought about the policy of
the U. C. toward landlords crossed
the persistent reporter's brain, but
the charity of the United Charities is
past comprehension, so the point
"Unfortunately," said the reporter
in a last vain attempt to get help for
Mrs. Goethals, "unfortunately Mrs.
Goethals .cannot see your rehabilita
tion plan at all. I explained it to her
for thirty minutes and she isn't
afraid of me as she is of you, but I
only ended by having her hysterical.
Since you cannot make her see how
wise it is to scatter her loved ones to
the three corners of the globe, will
you do anything reasonable at all?"
That was 40 minutes. The U. C.
attitude remained unchanged. Mrs.
Goethals can split up her family or
take the underground road, but she
cannot l)udge the U. C.
She will owe three months rent on
the 28th of thisjnonth and will be
put out by the 18th. All she asks is
that rent and a job for herself or her
Dr. F. H. Harms, county doctor,
consulted by the reporter, says Goe
thals has lumbago and at the most
wouldn't need more than a day at the
County hospital to have a salt or al
cohol injection. He can work as
teamster if there Isn't heavy lifting.
Mrs. Goethals has scrubbed build
ings and she will do anything.
We qualify that She will do any
thing but split up her family even
to taking the "underground route."
Butvthat doesn't interest the United
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