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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 19, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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istry I am quite incapable of telling
the caloric value of potatoes, yet
Joel Hunter, czar of the mothers'
pension fund, admits paying the T. D.
a salary of $90 a'month to put Mrs.
Jones through these calisthenics.
And the U. C. special housekeeper.
Well, she shows the poor how to run
their houses. That is, she is supposed
to do so, and is down on the payroll
for that purpose, but I never like to
make a positive statement about the
U. C.
A certain nurse doesn't think the
supervising housekeeper always does
as she should, but, in the instance
cited, the housekeeper had an ex-,
cuse, so perhaps
"If ever there was a case when a
trained housekeeper or any woman
with a little diplomacy -and common
sense could have helped, it was this
one," the nurse said to me.
"I was called in when the woman
was having her baby. It wasn't a
case of poverty. Theiusband made
$25 a week. But the woman simply
did not know how to spend the
"She would give the oldest boy a
quarter to get some bologna and a
pie. She would give the daughter fif
teen cents to get boiled ham and a
loaf of bread. Then she would give
the youngest boy money for ice
cream, and the children would bring
back their purchases and each eat
on a separate chair.
"I remembered the housekeeper
employed by the U. C. for just the
purpose of teaching women how to
judiciously spend money, so I called
the U. C. on the telephone.
"I was very careful to make them
understand that it wasn't a case of
charity. The woman had enough
money and if she could be shown, in
a sweet way that -she would not re
sent in her present condition, just
how to get the most out of iti it
would be a real servicer
The MothersPension Board and
the United Charities have one great
little game in common.
You know the mothers' pension is
a thing with a tag on it, an elastic
tag that stretches so far until a moth
er almost thinks this is a good, kind,
beneficient state in 'providing for her
children, when, presto, somebody lets
the rubber snap back and the mother
finds that "well, one mother told me
if she could be sure she would have
health enough to work until her chil
dren were grown she would not take
the pension, but would feel iike a free
"woman again.
This little game is a "supervising
housekeeper." The mothers', pension
is a little fancier than the U; C. They
iave a "trained dietician." "
Now a trained dietician is a person
to be looked upon with awe. She can
enter your flat when you have rice
for Mabel, who will not eat anything
else potatoes for Jimmy, who takes
after his father's people, and just
"bread for yourself, or maybe a little
cake as a special treat for the chil
dren, and the T. D. will lift up her
hands in horror and exclaim:
"Why, Mrs. Jones. This will never
do!i Potatoes, rice; bread and cake!
All of them starchy foods! Do you
want to ruin the children's stom
achs?" Of course, Mrs. Jones may be still
sufficiently human to protest that
she was raised- on a similar -fare and
lived to usher her children into the
world, and she may also be undiplo
matic enough to add that she ate
sour pickles in addition to the starchy
food, but she will soon be subdued
by the T. D.
"We must begin at once to teach
you food values. You must learn the
caloric values of food. Now pota
toes "
I have to hasten on right here., for
never Having taken a course in chem-

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