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commissioner, Ruth Taylor, "praised her
to the sky, but in plaintive voices," and.
in their determination to cut the county
welfare budget, saw neither an alterna-
tive nor the actualities involved.



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Mrs. West left the hearing with a re-
newed conviction of the need for in-
formed public opinion, and proceeded to
mobilize a group to that end. Her com-
mittee members, reports one of them to
Survey Midmonthly, include more than
a dozen representative citizens educa-
tors, representatives of other professions,
housewives, a civic official or two, all
chosen for "education and intelligence,
curiosity, standing (not prominence) in
the community, youthfulness and county-
wide representation." This group has
taken on the tough nut of relief and its
administration and is bent on cracking it
with understanding. The members hope
that their comparative study of how,
why, what and how much will start rip-
ples of informed "talk" which may event-
ually reach out as far as "the overlords
of the public welfare," and the "holders
of the purse." For, they say, "If these
citizens know for what they want their
tax money spent, perhaps they can per-
suade their local or county officials to
buy it for the people of the county."
(Further information from Amelia Rey-
nolds, committee secretary, 7 Heathcote
Road, Scarsdale, N. Y.)

Half a Million Summarizing com-
munity activities during the last fiscal
year of 145 locals affiliated with the As-
sociation of Junior Leagues of America,
the Junior League Magazine for April
reports more than a half million dollars
spent by the leagues in their respective
localities. Of the total, nearly $125,000
went for adult health work; nearly $50,-
000 for work with children and approxi-
mately $228,000 for children's health;
$35,000 for community planning organi-
zations; $30,000 for leisure time activi-
ties; $23,000 to the family field; about
$7000 for relief and the balance to minor
activities.

Professional

A SUBCOMMITTEE to study pri-
^* vate retirement plans for social
agencies has been appointed by the divi-
sion on employment practices of the
American Association of Social Workers.
Long a subject of interest and study by
the division, retirement or group annuity
planning, especially for the smaller agen-
cy, will be the committee's particular
concern. Helen I. Fiske is chairman.
Members are Ralph Blanchard, Elinor
Blackman, Sybil Foster, Stuart Stimmel
and Margaret Wead, all of New York.

Prize Publicity The Social Work
Publicity Council has sent out its annual
call for "outstanding items of (written)
interpretation" to be considered in its
fifteenth yearly citations for exceptional
merit in this field. The council urges
that undue modesty be discarded in sub-
mitting the best examples of such work

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which an agency or individual has pro-
duced. Those who are very prompt in
reading the Survey Midmonthly for Ap-
ril may still make the deadline, April 15.
Material must have "reached the public"
between April 1, 1937 and March 31,
1938. Send entries to the council, 130
East 22 Street, New York.

Job Study The steadily mounting in-
terest of social and health workers in in-
terpretation is recognized in a study
which the department of social work in-
terpretation of the Russell Sage Founda-
tion has undertaken at the request of the
Social Work Publicity Council. Current
positions in interpretation and public re-
lations in social and health agencies, both
public and private, will be studied.

The study will attempt to ascertain
the number of such positions, their dis-
tribution geographically and by fields of
work, the responsibilities and duties of
workers, and the preparation required
and salaries paid.

The first step, a census of positions, al-
ready is under way by means of a simple
questionnaire distributed through a group
of national agencies whose affiliated mem-
bership includes 10,000 local organiza-
tions. An examination of the findings of
this preliminary inquiry will form the
second section of the study, to include an
intensive analysis of training and expe-
rience in relation to salary range, agency
program and other factors affecting the
status of the individual worker in a par-
ticular job.

The study will include an appraisal of
community needs for interpretation and
public relations services, and an evalua-
tion of available training opportunities.
Available courses for training in these
fields in the schools of social work and
public health and other professional
schools will be listed. The study as a
whole will continue throughout 1938 but
it is hoped that a preliminary report of
the census of positions can be presented
at the annual business meeting of the So-
cial Work Publicity Council at Seattle
in connection with the National Confer-
ence of Social Work.

Wisconsin Apprentices The plan
for "public service scholarships," estab-
lished by the Wisconsin legislature in its
last regular session, is being put into ef-
fect by the state university and the state
director of personnel. Under the plan,
the university may make loans not to ex-
ceed $400 to selected seniors who agree
to spend two years in public service fol-
lowing graduation, the loans to be repaid
from salaries earned during that period.
The apprentice will not have civil service
status. If he wishes to remain in public
service, he must take the usual examina-
tions at the end of the two years. It is
believed his training period will give him
an advantage in the examinations. If he






wants to go into other fields without
completing his apprenticeship, "he may
at any rime be released from his obliga-
tion upon payment in full of the loan,
with interest." The selection of candi-
dates recommended by the 'university
will be made by the director of personnel
and the state department concerned. The
aim of the plan is to bring highly quali-
fied young men and women intopublicser-
vice. Further, it is believed that the schol-
ars who do not elect to remain perma-
nently in the service "will have through
their apprenticeship a sound appreciation
of the problems of state service, and will
take to their communities a realistic
sense of the complications and possibili-
ties of modern government."

Summer Seminars As a part of its
summer program, the New York School
of Social Work this year will offer a
group of five summer seminars, each run-
ning from August 1-12. They will in-
clude : public welfare administration, Rob-
ert E. Lansdale, leader; labor problems,
John A. Fitch; group work, Clara A.
Kaiser; social case work, Gordon Ham-
ilton; philosophy of supervision, Fern
Lowry.. Enrollment will be limited and
applications should be in not later than \
July 15. Dates of the regular summer
terms are: June 20 to July 26 and (sec-
ond term) July 27-August 31. Catalog
with full information from the school,
122 East 22 Street, New York.

Summer Tours The third public-
housing survey tour will be held under
the auspices of the National Public
Housing Conference and conducted by
Helen Alfred, director of the confer-
ence. Sailing from New York June 29,
the party will make an intensive study
of housing projects in British cities. It I
is scheduled to land back in New York
on August 2. Full information from the
conference, 112 East 19 Street, New
York.

The Federal Council of Churches has
announced plans for two conference
tours to foreign countries this summer
under auspices of the committee on the
church and cooperatives. The first tour,
leaving New York early in July, in-
cludes Great Britain, France, Sweden
and Switzerland. Led by the Rev. James
Myers, the party will study cooperatives
in action and forces and people working
for world peace. A second tour, in Aug-
ust, to Nova Scotia, will be under the
auspices of the Cooperative League of
the United States together with the St. ,
Francis Xavier University of Nova
Scotia.



On Retirement The Boy Scouts of
America recently adopted a retirement
plan for some 1500 employes of its na-
tional and local councils. The cost of ben-
efits for past service from the age of
forty to February 1, 1938 will be

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borne by the council*, while the cost of
benefits based on future service will be
defrayed by both councils and employes.
On retirement at sixty-five an employe
will receive a life income equal to \Yi
percent of his salary as of February 1,
1938, multiplied by years of service from
age forty to that date, plus about I).-
percent of his entire salary subsequent to
that date.

Memorial Lectures The Salmon
Committee on Psychiatry and Mental
Hygiene has announced that Dr. David
Kennedy Henderson of the Royal Edin-
burgh Hospital for Mental Disorders,
Scotland, will deliver the Salmon Me-
morial Lectures' for 1938 on April 18,
19 and 20 at the New York Academy of
Medicine. He will speak on The Psycho-
pathic States.

Religion and Health A new com-
mittee of the Federal Council of
Churches, the committee on religion and
health, will have as its secretary the Rev.
Seward Hiltner from the Council for the
Clinical Training of Theological Stu-
dents. The committee has been estab-
lished primarily for the purpose of help-
ing ministers to more effective pastoral
contacts with individuals. The chairman
is Howard Chandler Robbins of the Gen-
eral Theological Seminary. Cooperation
of ministers and religious workers with
physicians and psychologists will be em-
phasized.

Coming Events The national bien-
nial convention of Young Women's Chris-
tian Associations will be held April 22-28
in Columbus, Ohio. . . . The Biennial
Convention of the American Nurses' As-
sociation, National League of Nursing
Education and the National Organization
for Public Health Nursing will be held
April 25-29 in Kansas City, Mo.; the
central theme: The Individual Nurse's
Responsibility for Professional Progress.
Information from the ANA, 50 West 50
Street, New York. . . . The National
Boys and Girls Week Committee has an-
nounced that its 1938 observance will be
April 30-May 7 inclusive, "to focus the
attention of the community upon boys
and girls, their problems, activities and
training." A manual of suggestions is
available on request from the committee,
35 East Wacker Drive, Chicago. . . .
With the cooperation of the U.S. Chil-
dren's Bureau and sponsorship of Par-
ents' Magazine, a new "week" Better
Parenthood Week will be observed
May 1-8. The observance is described by-
its sponsors as "an intensified drive to
impress parents forcibly with their duties
to their children." . . . The American So-
ciety for the Hard of Hearing will hold
its national biennial conference May 24-
28 in Cleveland, Ohio. . . . The School of
Applied Sciences ot Western Reserve

APRIL 1938



University, Cleveland, Ohio, will hold
its second institute in group work May
31-June 17 at the university. Enrollment
will be limited to college graduates who
have had at least two years' experience
in a group work agency. Information
from the registrar of the school. . . . The
National Federation of Settlements will
hold its twenty-sixth conference June 1-5
;it Uniontown, Pa. . . . The annual joint
conference of the American Planning
and Civic Association, the American So-
ciety of Planning Officials and the Amer-
ican City Planning Institute will be held
June 20-22 in Minneapolis. Information
from Walter Blucher, 850 East 58 Street,
Chicago. . . . The sixty-fifth meeting of
the National Conference of Social Work
will be held June 26-July 2 in Seattle,
Washington. [See Survey Midmonthly,
March 1938, page 90.] ... The Inter-
national Federation for Housing and
Town Planning will meet August 13-20
in Mexico City. Mexican representative,
Carlos Contreras, Ramos Arizpe 1,
Mexico, D.F.

People and Things

' I *HE New York Association for Im-
proving the Condition of the Poor
(according to its bulletin) has sensed an
unmet need of the social worker himself.
The bulletin plans "hopefully," it says,
to start a new reader service "to supply
at moderate cost a selection of the fol-
lowing commodities and services":

Fingers for putting on points.

Clocks for viewing with alarm.

Facilities for wondering. (Available to
case work group only.)

Stuffing for shirts. (Wholesale rate,
best quality.)

Complete pressing, mending and al-
teration service for alibis.

Transportation service (local and ex-
press) for bucks.

Gadgets for thinking through.

Randoms for talking at (free).

Pigeonhole space for surveys and other
material consigned to future con-
sideration.

Honors The first award of the new
William Freeman Snow medal for distin-
guished service in the field of social hy-
giene was given to Dr. Edward L. Keyes,
urologist, at the recent annual meeting
of the American Social Hygiene Associa-
tion. . . . Waldemar Kaempffert, science
editor of the New York Times, was giv-
en a fellowship by the American Insti-
tute for "his scholarly interpretations of
scientific advances, his editorial wisdom
. . . and for his leadership in enforcing
their social responsibilities upon scien-
tists." . . . J. Stewart Baker, elected last
June to succeed President Roosevelt
when he resigned as president of the Boy
Scout Foundation of Greater New York,



was honored with a dinner on his recent
"accession" to the office. On that occa-
sion, the Silver Beaver Award "for dis-
tinguished service to boyhood through
Scouting" was given to De Lancey
Kountze and William H. Pouch, New
York business men, for recent service to
the organization. . . . Mary A. Frasca,
recently appointed to the New York City
Parole Commission by Mayor F. H. La
Guardia, was honored with a dinner at
the Women's City Club, where the may-
or and Commissioner of Correction Aus-
tin MacCormick paid tribute to her
ability. . . . G. Lyle Belsley, executive
director of the Civil Service Assembly of
the U.S. and Canada, recently received
the 1937 distinguished service award of
the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce,
given annually to the man under thirty-
six years old "who has made the most
outstanding contribution to this country."
. . . The Protestant co-chairmanship of
the National Conference of Jews and
Christians has been accepted by Arthur
H. Compton, 1937 Nobel prize winner
and professor of physics at the Univer-
sity of Chicago. The Catholic co-chair-
man is Carlton J. H. Hayes of Colum-
bia University; the Jewish, Roger W.
Straus, New York industrialist.

Medalists- During a recent "senti-
mental journey" through the scenes of his
wartime relief service to Belgium, Her-
bert Hoover received from King Leopold
of the Belgians the Vermeil medal of
honor, which is possessed by no other liv-
ing person except King Leopold. . . .
Dr. Bela Schick, discoverer of the Schick
test for determining susceptibility to
diphtheria and world-famous pediatri-
cian-in-chief of Mount Sinai Hospital,
New York, received the Gold Medal of
the New York Academy of Medicine on
the recent twenty-fifth anniversary of the
publication of his work describing the
famous test. . . . The American Foun-
dation for the Blind will make its first
presentation of the newly established an-
nual gold medal for outstanding service
to the blind to William Nelson Crom-
well, New York attorney. Mr. Cromwell
is a trustee of the foundation and
founder and president of the American
Braille Press for War and Civilian
Blind. . . . Robert Moses, New York's
commissioner of parks, received the medal
of honor of the Fairmount Park Art As-
sociation of Philadelphia for "distin-
guished and conspicuous achievement in
the art of city planning," and was made
an honorary perpetual member of the
association. . . . The Buchanan Medal
of the Royal Society of London, "in rec-
ognition of world-wide service in the de-
velopment of public health," has been
given to Dr. Frederick F. Russell, presi-
dent of the American Society for the
Control of Cancer. . . . The crusade
against venereal disease conducted by

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Surgeon General Thomas Parran shared
with "The Singing Lady" radio hour of
Ireene Wicker this year's awards of
honor from the Parent's Magazine, rec-
ognizing outstanding service to children.

Mrs. James Roosevelt, mother of the
President, recently received the Albert
Einstein Medal for Humanitarianism,
"in appreciation of a lifetime of devoted
service to every communal cause." The
presentation was made at a concert ar-
ranged in her honor by a tribute com-
mittee of which the Hon. James W.
Gerard was chairman.

The Philadelphia Award, established
by Edward W. Bok and presented annu-
ally to a resident of that city "who, dur-
ing the preceding calendar year shall
have performed or brought to culmina-
tion an act or contributed a service cal-
culated to advance the best and largest
interests of the community," this year
was given to Dr. Alfred N. Richards.
He was cited as "one who has made pos-
sible more accurate diagnosis and suc-
cessful treatment of some of the most
serious diseases of mankind." The award
includes with its scroll and medallion a
check for $10,000.

Service Stripes After forty-five
years' service to the hospitals and nurs-
ing stations of Labrador, Sir Wilfred 1 .
Grenfell celebrated his recent seventy-
third birthday on St. Simon's Island, off
the Georgia coast, where his health now
demands that he remain. . . . Riis House,
New York, this spring has its fiftieth
birthday. The celebration will focus on
advances in housing. . . . Public Charities
Association of Pennsylvania recently cel-
ebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary with
a dinner. . . . Henry Fleischman, direc-
tor of the Educational Alliance of New
York, who for more than thirty years
has given valuable service to New York's
"lower East Side," has retired with the
title of director emeritus.

New Jobs The first woman to hold a
position as regional counsel for the Pub-
lic Works Administration is Louise F.
McCarthy, for Region I, with offices in
New York City. Her district comprises
eleven North and Central Atlantic states.
She has been on the legal staff of PWA
since 1933. . . . John J. Corson, who has
been assistant executive director of the
Social Security Board since its organiza-
tion, has been designated acting director
of the Bureau of Old Age Insurance,
succeeding LeRoy Hodges, who has re-
signed to become controller for the state
of Virginia. . . . Robert C. Weaver, for
the past four years adviser on Negro af-
fairs in the Department of the Interior,
recently was appointed special assistant
to Nathan Straus, administrator of the
U.S. Housing Authority. He will serve
as adviser on Negro relations in the de-
velopment of the federal government's
new housing program.



Edwin S. Burdell, dean of humanities
at Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
has been appointed director of Cooper
Union, famous New York institution of
free adult education and community ser-
vice, founded in 1859. . . . H. Richard
Niebuhr, associate professor at the Yale
Divinity School has been named professor
of Christian ethics.

Mary Dublin, formerly teacher of
economics at Sarah Lawrence College,
has been appointed general secretary of
the National Consumers League, to suc-
ceed Lucy Randolph Mason. [See Sur-
vey Midmonthly, December 1937, page
392.] Miss Dublin has been active in
workers' education, health and welfare
fields.

Chest Changes Bent Taylor, lately
with the Welfare Federation of Yonkers,
N. Y. and before that with the Welfare
Federation of the Oranges, N. J., is now
editorial director of Community Chests
and Councils, Inc., succeeding Florence
Seder (Mrs. Allen T. Burns). Miss Se-
der, while retiring from the full time
job, will continue to edit occasional
CCC, Inc. bulletins and do other free
lancing.

New executive of the Lansing, Mich.,
Community Welfare Fund is Joseph D.
Gibbon, formerly with the Minneapolis
Council of Social Agencies. . . . Cla-
rence H. Dawson, assistant director of
the Harrisburg, Pa. Welfare Federa-
tion, has been named as director of the
newly organized chest in Woonsocket,
R. I. . . . J. Theodore Johnson, since
last June acting director of the Harris-
burg federation, now enjoys the title as
well as the duties of director.

Slip By a slip of its highly vulnerable
gray matter it really knew better this
department gave the Social Security
Board credit for having enjoyed the ser-
vices of Loula Dunn, prior to her ap-
pointment as commissioner of the Ala-
bama Department of Public Welfare.
[See Survey Midmonthly, February
1938, page 57.] Miss Dunn went to Ala-
bama from the Works Progress Admin-
istration with which she served as re-
gional director of employment.

M.D.'s and R.N.'s Dora Barnes, for
some years a field representative for Sur-
vey Associates, now is supervisor of
nurses in the Davidson County Health
Department at Nashville, Tenn. For two
years Davidson County was a "ranking
county" in the American Public Health
Association-U.S. Chamber of Commerce
contests for excellence of local perform-
ance.

Dr. Allen Kane, medical superinten-
dent of the municipal sanatorium at
Otisville, N. Y., has been appointed di-
rector of the recently created division of
tuberculosis in the New York City De-
partment of Hospitals. . . . Leah M.



Blaisdell, R.N. has resigned from her
position as educational supervisor in pub-
lic health nursing with the New York
State Department of Health to become
educational director with the Henry
Street Visiting Nurse Service of New
York City. ... A newly-established coun-
ty Department of Health for the large
area of Nassau County, N. Y. will have
as commissioner Dr. Earle G. Brown
lately health officer of Arlington County,
Va. Dr. William H. Runcie from Free-
port, N. Y. is first deputy commissioner.

Deaths

I^ATE HOLLADAY CLAGHORN,
suddenly in late March, at her home
in Greenwich, Conn. Miss Claghorn
had a Bryn Mawr degree, a Ph.D. from
Yale and a dozen years of professional
research work behind her when, in 1912,
she cast her lot with the pioneers in
education for social work. In that year
she joined the faculty of the New York
School of Philanthropy, now the New
York School of Social Work, where
she remained until her retirement from
active teaching in 1932. Her vital philos-
ophy, her vigorous mind and rich per-
sonality exerted an incalculable influence
on the whole development of social work
and of its practice by trained and edu-
cated persons. Perhaps her students
profited most from her gifts as a human
being, but those gifts carried her far I
beyond her profession and enriched a ,
wide circle of friendships.

PAUL M. PEARSON, first civil governor
of the Virgin Islands, whose progressive
program of social and economic rehabili-
tation raised a storm of political dissen-
sion. Since his resignation in 1935 public
housing has engaged his efforts, as a J
member of the Public Housing Commit-
tee, as assistant director of the PWA
housing program and as a member of the
staff of the U.S. Housing Authority.

JAMES H. POST, New York philanthro-
pist and civic leader; chairman of the
boards of trustees of the Brooklyn Young
Women's and Young Men's Christian
Associations; a generous supporter of
many social, religious and educational in-
stitutions.

GEORGE F. PEABODY of New York, phil-
anthropist, patron of the arts and educa-
tion; chairman of the New York State
Reservation Commission which was re- 1
sponsible for the development of Sara-
toga Springs as a state reservation ; asso-
ciated with President Roosevelt in
fostering the Warm Springs Foundation.

MEYER BLOOMFIELD, New York attor-
ney and adviser on labor relations, whose
especial interest was given to the voca-
tional guidance field in which he was a
recognized expert and writer.



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Readers Write



Unique Anomalous Law

To THE EDITOR: Once more the legis-
lature of the Commonwealth of Kentucky
has declined to repeal its unique, anomal-
ous law which permits the payment of
pensions to its "pauper idiots." Not only
did the legislature refuse to remove this
law from its statute hooks, hut it appro-
priated the sum of $60,000 for each of
the next two years for these pensions
this at a time when a program of economy
and a meritorious budget, as well as a
broad plan for the care and treatment ot
the state's mentally defective in their in-
stitutions, were being proclaimed in re-
sounding terms.

This legislative prodigy has hcen writ-
ten into the law of Kentucky for a half



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