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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 16, 1913, Image 27

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TELLS CURRAN COMMISSION HOW UNITED CHARITIES PROSECUTES
THOSE IT DOES NOT LIKE
Mrs. Evangeline Barron, of the
Bethel Home for Convalescent Wo
men and children, today told the Cur
ran commission a few stories of how
the United Charities persecutes those
whom it does not like.
Mrs. Barron herself is a victim of
the United Charities. Because that
"charity trust" refused to endorse
the Bethel Home, Mrs. Barron has
been forced to close it down.
Furthermore, Mrs". Barron's little
boy died a victim to the carelessness
of the United Charities chief ally, the
Juvenile Court.
A boy had been suffering from
diphtheria. He was said to have re
covered by the Juvenile Court, and
by the Juvenile Court placed in Mrs.
Barron's care.
The boy recovered, but her own
son caught diphtheria from him and
died in six days.
Mrs. Barron was unable to explain
why jhe United Charities refused to
endorse the Bethel Home, save by
saying that she understood the
United Charities did not think
enough "system" was used in its
management
But she did tell how one official
of the U. C. called on her and told her
she was too good a solicitor of money
to waste her time with the Bethel
Home, out of which she was getting
nothing, and that she should give the
home up and go to work .for the U. C.
Mrs. Barron also told how the
United Charities had sent the little
son of Mrs. Kasch to the Home for
the Friendless, how thevboy caught
diphtheria there, and was put in the
isolation ward and died.
She testified that conditions In this
ward in Che Home for the Friendless
are almost beyond belief. Children,
she said, are sent there oneVaf ter an
other, and the management of the
home doesn't seem to care whether
Mrs. Barron also told the pitiful
story of Mrs. May McCash.
Mrs. McCash was a stenographer.
She now is 50 years old. Five, years
ago, at a critical period in her life,
she was unable to work. When her
small savings were exhausted,, she
applied to the United Charities for
help.
The United Charities hustled- the
woman out to the Detention Home,
and there had her adjudged insane,
and sent to Kankakee Asylum, where
she was held for five years.
At the end of the five years, Mrs.
McCash was released as cured, and
is now suing the county for false
imprisonment
Another pitiful story was that of a
woman whose name Mrs. Barron did
not give.
Some years ago, this woman's
husband tried to cut his throat, and
was found insane and sent to Kan
kakee. The woman was left alone in the
world with three children. But she
had a wonderful voice and-a number
of society women became interested
in her.
These society women subscribed
enough money to send the woman to
Europe that her voice might be cul
tivated, and the woman was sent to
New York as for a preliminary course
of study.
While the women and her children
were there, the United Charities went
to the society women who were in
vesting their money in the prospects
of the woman's voice and told them
that they had looked up the woman's
record and that they advised that she
be dropped.
The woman, as a consequence, was
left stranded In New York with her
three children.
She applied to the United Charities
there for a ticket to Chicago. The
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