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UNITED CHARITIES' FIGURES
The extent of the charity game and
the pressure of poverty in Chicago
homes is touched Tran a printed
statement of the United Charities for
About half the families of Chicago
are registered on the books of the big
charity combine, if its own statement
of the extent of poverty in Chicago
Under the head of "Seven Reasons
for the Existence of the United Char
ities" and subhead No. 5, which
claims that the United Charities
"avoids duplication in Chicago char
ity," it is stated:
"The United Charities conducts a
central bureau where 100 charities
and public departments register their
"Over 300,000 families are here
"This bureau serves you, as a citi
zen." On the basis of five persons to a
family, it is generally estimated that
Chicago has about 500,000 families.
If the United Charities statement
is true, then the central office of the
big charity combine has the names
of more than one-half of all the fam
ilies of Chicago and all have been
"investigated," tabbed and classified
A footnote in bold-face type reads:
"84,147 persons helped in last nine
months. More than the number of
enlisted men in our regular army."
The circular is aimed at people who
want to give money to charity, but
are afraid it won't be spent wisely.
"Our careful, friendly investiga
tions are your protection and a check
upon sloth and unnecessary depend
ence" is the guarantee offered any
body afraid some bum broken on the
12-hour a day schedule of the Illinois
Steel Co. might get a nickel and buy
a package of Spearmint or a glass of
beer instead of beans and oatmeal.
Besides feeding the poor and nurs
ing the sick, the United Charities
claims it has time to "initiate and
co-operate in poverty prevention."
"This is done on the basis of find
ings of causes of poverty in the
everyday work and takes form in
efforts against such evils as unem
ployment, tuberculosis, infant mor
tality, bad housing, etc."
There are the two most sweeping
claims set forth:
"Wherever necessary, relief is
granted immediately and investigat
ing done afterward.
"The important thing in charity is
to help and not to injure. A definite
plan is evolved for each family. The
final aim is to make the family self
GERMAN OFFICERS GET INSIDE
TIP ON END OF WAR
Washington, Feb. 25. Officers in
command of German ships interned
at different ports have received word
from home that European war will
be over by April 15. Their instruc
tions are to prepare their ships for
sailing on that day, it is learned here.
Germany's victories on western
and near-eastern fronts are described
as forerunners of peace.
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SHIPS COLLIDE PASSENGERS
Baltimore, Md., Feb. 25. Mer
chants and Miners Steamship Cro'tan
was in head-on collision with un
known schooner off Diamond Shoals
during night Bull Insular liner Do
rothy responded to wireless call early
today and took of all passengers.
Several of crew stuck to ship.
Houston, Tex. Brig. Gen. Cecil A.
Lyon, Texas national guard, an
nounced Gen. Punston arranged to
hold citizens' training camp in South
Texas, providing 600 volunteers can
be raised before June.
Harvard now has a "perfect man"
Does that fit him for a ribbon clerk
or a truck driver!
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