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got the money somehow, until
' The rest is the old old story.
Poverty, sickness and- sorrow,
the wretched trinity of the poor,
combined with the devil on "un
employment." Annie found a
few good friends. One of them
was a doctor at the Chicago av-
eiiue dispensary, who treated her
helpless sickly children.
Her payments to the Guarantee
Loan Lo. were due the 20th of
each month. Yesterday her last
money went for fent. She was
unable to pay her grocery bill.
There was no money for the
"sharks." Then a friend told her
to ask help of the Legal Aid So
ciety. This she did this morning.
"I haven't any money," she
told Miss Mabel Dalby, an inves
tigator for the society. "My pay
ment is due today. What shall I
do? My babies are sick. All
day my little Dorothy sits in a
chair. Fred's hands are strapped
to his sides to prevent him injur
ing himself by scratching at the
pain in his head. Dorothy is go
ing blind. She only opens her
eyes when the doctor puts medi
cine in them. We have no money.
Can't you help me?"
The plea of the woman was
pitiful. In her arms was the lit
tle three-year-old daughter, a
child of blindness. Her tight-shut
lids barred out the light from her
eyes. Her mother was taking her
to the doctor, who would"give her
temporary relief. She wanted
help. But it was sfll for her babies.
The Legal Aid Society will help
her. It will force the shark to
surrender the notes, and stop' its
vulture-like feeding on these un
fortunates. It protects the poor
and ignorant from such "sharks"
But already Annie has paid $9
over the interest that should be
due. The company was entitled
to $53.50. It has collected $62.50.
And it wanted $12.50 more. '
If Annie had not sought the aid
of the society she wou'Ui have"
been forced to pay $12.50 more
to free her from the incubus of
debt. Seventy-five dollars for a
loan of $50!
And this Guarantee Loan. Co.,
says Miss Dalby, was a compara
tively honorable loan shark, for it
did not threaten or have Annie's
husband dismissed from his posi
tions for non-payment.
It did not threaten. But if one
could feel and know the suffering,
the privations, the heartaches,
that it caused Annie heart
breaks because of her children
then one might believe that there
are no "comparatively honorable"
loan sharks. i
A vulture is a vulture.
A loan shark is a loan shark.
Love is long suffering, but poor
coffee in the morning has been
known to be its finish.
Eyes are the windows of the
soul. Don't sit in the draft,
You can generally trust a man
who can wear a derb)' hat without
tilting it to one side.
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