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ANOTHER RARE OPPORTUNITY
THROWN OVER BY U. C.
Mrs. Nellie Martin, 1018 Sedgwick
street, furnished a splendid illustra
tion of why it costs.. the United Char
ities so much money to dispense the
charity it occasionally bestows in the
interest of a record..
In the case of Mrs. Martin no char
ity has been dispensed, but she has
been investigated, and probably in the
records of the TJ. C she is marked
"Not worthy." For the U. C. makes
that its excuse whenever it fails to
A year ago Mrs. Martin's husband
had a stroke of paralysis, and in order
that his wife might not have the bur
den of his support while he was dying
he went to the home of his sister in
Fort Vincent, la.
Mrs. Martin then took up the work
of caring for herself and her two lit
tle children, Edna, 3, and Edward,
born after the husband went away.
She took in washing, she scrubbed
floors and sometimes she sold some
of her furniture when she hadn't
enough money to pay the Tent or to
Then she moved over on the North
Side because much of her work was
there and she rented a little base
ment, a place under the stairs, paying
a $2.50 deposit on the $5 rental.
That week the tide turned, and she
could get no work to pay moving ex
penses or the other half olLthe rent
and she appealed, to the U. C.
This should have been a splendid
case for the U. C. to handle. It would
have made quite a showing in their
records one woman and two chil
dren fighting the battle of life alone
until aided by theTJ. C.
But they lost their golden oppor
tunity in the labyrinth of investiga
tion. "Get back your deposit of $2.50,"
they told her. "Then pack up your
clothes and we will send you to the
Home of the Friendless."
But Mrs. Martin rebelled. She even
had the- temerity to inform them that
all she asked was a little assistance
for the moment, perhaps the moving
expenses into the cheaper flat and the
balance of the rent
She got neither. The county aided
her for a while and then even .that as
sistance ceased without any plausible
reason, and Mrs. Martin is firmly con
vinced the United Charities, whose
investigators had brightened her
hours of worry by calling and asking
how she was "getting along," were
responsible for the fact that the
county relief ceased.
Mrs. Martin, worn out by worry,
became ill. There was neither coal
nor food in the house for the children..
She dragged her weary way to the.
U. C. branch and again pleaded for
"They told me, 'Go home and leave
us alone,' " she claims, and then she
took her children in her arms and
went to the Chicago avenue police
The Chicago avenue police are not
an organized charity, consequently
they did not investigate a bit, but
took up a collection and sent Mrs.
Martin and the children home, and
the next morning telephoned to the
county agent and supplies and fuel
were sent to Mrs. Martin.
The U. C. would not get a goo"d
recommendation if they should refer
to Mrs. Martin.
"There have been not less than six
investigators to see ine," she said.
"Some of them'are real impudent, all
of them ask a lot of questions, but
they never help. I guess they just
come to see what misery is like. I
don't believe they ever do anything
In the greater number of 37 coun
ties in Northern California a canvass
shows that 90 per cent of the women"
take advantage of their right to vote.
o o . . .
Wife I am a bundle of nerves!
Sympathetic Husband Well, so lone
as the string doesn't break, you will
be all right, my dear! Judge.