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SUICIDE FOR 7 DOESN'T STIR ANY GENEROUS
EMOTIONS IN UNITED CHARITIES
A threat of the gas route for a fam
ily of seven doesn't worry the United
Charities. When thejr tell a mother
of five small children that her hus
band can go to "Oak Forest or the
County hospital or his relatives or
anywhere else," and she can go to
some home and they'll put her chil
dren into a home and store her fur
niture somewhere, and she exclaims
that sooner than divide her family
she will take them underground with
her, the U. C. says, calmly, with a
"rehabilitation" smile: "Oh, no, you
won't do that," and then sits down
and waits for the family to starve
itself into submission to the "reha
bilitation" plans of the U. C. or to
take the underground road if the wo
man turns out to be just that des
perate. Into The Day Book office there
came Mrs. Raymond Goethals, 2034
Ellston av., carrying a slip of paper.
It was an eviction slip under which
she'll be put out of her $7-a-month
four-room stove-heated home on the
ISth of this month. She said her
husband was in bed with lumbago,
she had been trying to get work and
hadn't been able to, she has five chil
dren ranging in ages from 7 years
down to the 1-year-old and she just
didn't know what to do.
The reporter tried to think of some
agency that might help her without
appealing to Day Book readers and
timidly and hopelessly suggested the
Mrs. Goethals gave the suggestion
the veto. "Oh, no," she said, "they
won't do anything. They have sent
an investigator quite a few times
this winter, and the last time he told
my husband he didn't look very sick
and my husband told them they
needn't visit us, since that was all
they seemed to come for. I know
they won't help. One winter they I
did give us $4 in two months, and the
winter my husband broke both of
his arms they gave us an occasional
dollar, but they won't do anything.
The county is good to us in giving us
groceries this time and half a ton of
coal a month." She grew apologetic.
"This kind of weather certainly
burns coal doesn't it, though we only
got one stove."
Mrs. Goethals sentimentally let the
tears flow down her cheek and look
ed away from the reporter.
"We've tried and tried. I go every
day trying to get work and my hus
band would do anything he could,
but it just seems we can't. Some
times I think it would be better if we.
were all dead, anyway."
The reporter interrupted and, has
tening to the telephone, called up
the Northwest branch of the U. C.
and Miss Maria McGuire was put on '
The reporter explained the plight
of the family and asked if in such an
emergency the U. C. would please do
something, so the family wouldn't be
evicted and perhaps some way the
mother or father would get work.
After ten minutes' conversation Miss
McGuire said they would go into con
sultation on the case. The U. S. ex
perts on rehabilitation would get the
county doctor's opinion and they
would "evolve some plan" and sub
mit it to The Day Book and Mrs. Goe
thals. Yesterday morning the reporter .
looked up to see Mrs. Goethals with
red eyes waiting. "They told me
they will put me in a home and my
children in a home if my husband'
will go to Oak Forest or the County"
hospital or his relatives or some
where, but they won't do anything
else. My husband " the tears start
ed over the red lower lids "he says
he was good enough for us when he
was healthy and could work and my
mother says a true woman doesn,'