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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 03, 1913, FINAL EDITION, Image 26

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charging him with contributing to
delinquency of minors.
Buffalo, N. Y. Officials of the
American Federation of Labor and
the United Trades and Labor Council
of Buafflo today officially-recognized
the strike of the department store
girls here. They will take charge, of
the situation.
The Curran committee dug deeper
into Chicago's baby-placing business
this morning, finding out something
about the business of the Illinois
Children's Home and Aid Society.
R. J. Bennett, the president of the
society, was on the grill, and didn't
appear to know much about its busi
ness. When asked about sending babies
out of the state, he said the society
hadn't done it for 10 years, but had
confined its operations to Illinois
although he was confronted with the
fact that 53 children had been sent
out of the state.
His attention was called to an ad-
vertisement of the society saying that
young colored children would be
found homes among families of their
own. race, while "larger colored chil
dren would be found homes with
white families where they can ren
der such services as are peculiar to
southern families."
Asked if that didn't mean slavery,
Bennett said: "No. Slavery was abol
ished in 1861."
Member Lloyd of the committee
said slavery shadn't been abolished
when colored children were turned
over to white families, which of
course wouldn't adopt them, but
where they would be slaves.
Then Chairman Curran went after
"You have been buffaloing the pub
lic so long," said 'Curran, "that you
think you are immune and nobody
can reach you. As president of that
organization" you don't appear to
know what it is doing. You feUowa
appear to control this child-finding
business, and you've been getting
away with it before different commit
tees and think you are immune be
fore the law. We'll have to take you
before the bar."
The president and directors ap
peared to know nothing about What
the society did except, that so many
children were placed, just like the
distribution of so much merchandise.
Mrs. Lillian Soper, 5912"Lafayette
street, said her daughter Pearl had
been taken by the society and sent
to Milwaukee, and that Mrs. Step
hens, the matron at Evanston, and
Mrs. Donaldsen, the assistant super
intendent, refused to ,give her her
daughter's address.
The Curran legislative commission
did not. get very far in its probe of
the Salvation "Army yesterday after
noon. Commander Thomas Estill, in
charge of the Army in the western
states, was summoned before the
commission, chiefly because the com
mission was curious about what was
done with the5 Army Christmas col
lections. Estill could not tell them much
about it, but he did make the rather
startling admission that $29,163 of
the money collected by the Salvation
Army in America last year had been
sent our of America.
The proportionate amount of this
can be gauged by Estill's sworn
Statement that the Army's collections
in the western states for the same
year only amounted to $28",967. On
that hasis, the Army apparently sends
about 50 per cent of the money it
collects qut of America.
Estill said his salary was $35 a
week, and that the salary of Sneeton,
financial secretary for the western
states, was only $27.50.
Mary Bartelme, judge of the girls
division of the Juvenile Court, was
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