OCR Interpretation

The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 10, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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training to the unskilled, and the rest
of it, we have-the sum of $173,328.15
in expenses, as against $123,805.72
which they state is for material re
lief, and includes food, fuel, rent,
medicine (there are free dispensaries
all over the city to which the poor ap
ply for medicine and which are not
supported by the TJ. C), clothing and
the like.
Further, the U. C. makes another
statement susceptible of two mean
ings. They claim in this same let
ter that one person in every 32 in
Chicago was ."befriended" by the TJ.
C. in 1912-13.
If we take this statement as im
plying that they gave actual material
assistance to one person in every 32
in Chicago, and, intentionally or un
intentionally, the TJ. C. implies this,
we are forced to conclude that either
Chicago is a city of which we should
be deeply ashamed, or that the United
Charities is the only organization
giving assistance to anyone and the
other charitable organizations are
frauds. For, otherwise, it would al
most mean that every person has
been the recipient of charity from
some organization when a compari
son is made of the reports of the Sal
vation Army, the Volunteers, the
County Agents' office and not less
than five hundred other ostensibly
charitable societies.
But the U. C. uses the word "be
friended," and that may mean so
many things far separated from ma
terial relief. It may only mean, and
probably does to a great extent, that
their investigators pestered the lives
out of the poor without giving them
any money. I know of cases of this
kind, one in particular where a wo
man claims that five investigators
called an,d she has not yet received
material assistance.
The United Charities says" ir this
letter "they will provide the brains if
you will provide the heart."
I havent a doubt of it, for it re
quired brains, and clever brains, to
turn out a report like this. But when ,
you "supply the heart" you would be
wise not to depend entirely upon the
'brains' furnished' by the TJ. C." but
use your own at least a little.
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