An editorial on charity and a couple of short articles.
THE MONROE COUNTY MAIL
Thursday, December 3, 1914
ORGANIZING CHARITY WORK.
It is generally felt that there will be more call for charity this winter. The business disturbances which the country has suffered has thrown many people out of work, and those able to give will need to ope both hearts and purses.
It is vitally necessary that all available charitable resources should be efficiently used. There are a great number of people who have clothing to give away that is perfectly good, it might not look wholly appropriate at a full dress ball, but it would keep a workingman comfortable for many months. Much of such clothing is distributed haphazard. People give it to the first drunken tramp that comes along. Meanwhile, hardworking people in the next street are shivering too self-respecting to ask for help.
It is always possible to raise money freely on a genuine appeal for destitution of deserving people. The hunger your neighbors, in your own home town, will bring larger gifts than any religious, philanthropic, educational, or missionary cause.
Churches and fraternal organizations are supposed to take car of needy members. This allows the general feeling to spread that every one is comfortably provided for. But there are a great many persons who have no ties of this kind.
Every town ought to have some central organization or committee that would take general charge of distributing funds and supplies. Where this is done, the workers acquire a certain expertness in sifting appeals. They are able to distinguish cases of deserving need from those that come from indolent or vicious people, who would better be left to the public authorities. Money spent systematically along these methods will go several time as far as haphazard and unorganized charity.
Arizona is to have a woman state senator as the result of the recent election. Miss Frances Mundza is the name of the lady, and savors of Spanish descent. She led the entire Democratic ticket, defeating her Republican opponent by 600 votes.
Uncle Sam is building a dirigible balloon 195 feet long and 40 feet ub diameter which will carry twelve men, machine guns, oxygen tank and air pumps. Two 100 horse power engines will prpel the ship.