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an experiment the following plan: One week's vacation
will be given during the winter months, in addition to the
two weeks' summer vacation, but the allowance for sick-
leave will be reduced to one week. In other words, the
worker will exchange a week of sick-leave for an extra
week of vacation.

In order to provide an incentive to the workers to keep
well, there will be added to their two weeks' summer vaca-
tion as many extra days as the number of days of sick-leave
which they have not used during the preceding twelve
months. Therefore, if a worker went through a year
without using her sick-leave privilege, she would get four
weeks of vacation with pay, one in the winter and three
in the summer. If she had used but three days of her sick-
leave, she would get a vacation of two and one-half weeks.

The results of the plan will be watched with interest.
The Federation wishes to learn whether an extra vacation
in the winter time will prevent the frequent winter illnesses,
and whether an incentive to keep well will reduce absences
due to illness.

New Service for Executives

WITH this issue The Survey inaugurates a new serv-
ice for social work executives. The Administrator's
Guide (p. 345) will be a regular feature of the Midmonthly
numbers. The Survey, in its field, hopes to help bring about

a close liaison between the social work executive and the
manufacturer; to make the executive or purchasing board
market-conscious and to inform the manufacturer, on the
other hand, of the needs and purchasing power of social
work. The Administrator's Guide is the first step.
Here the executive will find, increasingly, a list of
manufacturers of office equipment, furniture, supplies,
paper, printing, publicity service all the hundreds of items
which make for an efficient and smoothly running agency.
This list is small, inadequate but it will become increasingly
effective, month by month. The Survey will appreciate
your suggestions for improving it.

A Letter That Pulled

CHARLES C. COOPER, director of that hospitable
social settlement, Kingsley House of Pittsburgh, says
the best kind of fund-raising letter is one which gives a
specific human incident. He cites his letter of Christmas
1926 which brought astonishingly good returns.

Here is the letter:

' 'Indiana Way' is unpaved, and does not run anywhere;
meandering, it stops here and there as a house gets in its
path. There is not much outlook. The ground drops off
suddenly into the valley across which the tall houses of
Highland Avenue loom in the sky-line. This is the world
to the children of Indiana Way.

"Tony lives on Indiana Way. He has just turned eight,
and after him come four sisters. It is hard enough for
Tony to live on Indiana Way; but harder still, he must
constantly 'tend' his four sisters. Tony pulls Teresa by
her hand, and Teresa holds on to Lenora, and Lenora drags
Angelina, and little lolanthe brings up the rear. One thinks
of his half-forgotten Caesar and the 'impedimenta.'

"Recently Tony found his way to the 'Big House on the
corner. Here were swimming, gym, and friends. Dragging
his train of little sisters after him Tony tried out the
House. He liked story-acting the best. 'Ah,' he said, 'I
like playing shows, and I like to be king. Kings have
anything they want.'

' 'The best thing about kings,' he added, glancing with
watchful eyes at his charges parked on nearby chairs, 'is
that kings don't have no children.'

"Poor little tinsel king! In the realm of make-believe,
however, little Tony lives a new life. And soon he will
have a Christmas at the Big House, a Christmas he never
dreamed of before, even in his make-believe.

"The Big House is the Kingsley House, where Pittsburgh
tries to share the fruits of life; and where you people in
privileged neighborhoods are doing much to brighten the
lives of Tony and his fellows.

"This is the burden of the story of Tony. I am not sure
I am putting it just right; often it seems my friends see
only 'the poor' where are really our kindred folk only
they live in the by-paths. Do you wish to widen the horizon
of many thousands of little ones and their fathers and
mothers? May we count on your Christmas contribution?"


ne 15, 1927



Over My Desk

A Monthly Talk with Executives

Director, Community Council of St. Louis

An Automatic Vacation Allowance

The following letter from John Sanderson, general
cretary of the Social Welfare League of Rochester, New
ork, is pertinent on the subject of vacation periods:
"I find your Over My Desk column in The Survey
most as fascinating as Dorothy Dix's. In a recent number
March 15, 1927, page 823) there is a paragraph on vaca-
on allowances, which leads me to suggest the plan which
e have had in effect for several years and which strikes
ic as even better than the one mentioned by you. We
low two and one-half days per month of service for the
isiting staff, making a total of thirty days for the year,
id of course add to this allowance any legal holidays which
iay come during the vacation period. This settles, once
id for all, the question as to how much vacation a staff
ember has, for it is understood that the two and one-half
ys allowance is granted whether or not the person has
ten with the organization a full year, or whether he
mains with the organization after his vacation allowance.

other words, we believe that a person coming to this

sci'ety from some other organization, needs a summer va-

tion, and if this were taken in July, an allowance of

wo and one-half days for six months, or fifteen days, would

granted with salary. Furthermore, anyone leaving us
r any reason, is granted his full vacation allowance for
le number of months in service since his last vacation."

Should Case Records Be Dictated ?

A. E. Howell, secretary of the Family Service Society of

anton, Ohio, recently wrote as follows:

"I can testify to the great value of The Survey's pages
administrative problems. The subjects presented are

Ipful and practical. I should like to have suggestions as
the best method of dictating case records whether to

stenographer, to the dictaphone or direct to the typist.

"We have been using the old method of dictating to a

snographer, who in turn transcribes to the case records.
Mr. Bixby, former general secretary of the Family Service
Society of Akron, told me that his most recent procedure
is to have the visitors dictate directly to the typist leaving
out the process of taking the material in shorthand.

"Some of our local people have suggested that we install
the dictaphone system and the director of the Welfare
Department in the Timken Roller Bearing Plant offers the
use of their machines in shaving down and renewing the
cylinders for re-use."

Our reply follows:

"Neither the method of dictating to a stenographer or
of dictating directly to the typist is entirely satisfactory.
Dictation to a stenographer is better than dictation direct
to a typist because it is faster and because it makes possible
correction in dictation which is difficult when the correction
has to be made in matter already typed.

"The installation of a dictaphone or ediphone would more

than pay for itself in a short time, both in the saving of the
f the stenographer who could do other work while

u and your staff members are dictating, and also through
making it possible for the executive and the case worker
to do their dictation at any time they wish, whether the
stenographer is in the office or not.

"The Community Council and Community Fund of St.
Louis use the ediphone while the St. Louis Provident Asso-
ciation uses the dictaphone. Both machines are found to
be satisfactory.

"When cylinders accumulate beyond the capacity of the
dictaphone operator in one of the Provident's ten district
offices, they are taken by the messenger to the central office
where the records on them are transcribed. Thus the work
can flow evenly and smoothly.

"I think that you would find it worth while to* try out
one or the other of these machines and figure for yourself
the saving in time and money."

Telephone Operator Is Publicity

Better Times, the welfare magazine of New York City,
has the following pertinent paragraph for application to all
social agencies: "If the newspaper is the first important
medium of publicity for the social agency then the second
in importance is the telephone operator and some people
put her first."

Useful Equipment

The use of the mimeograph and mimeoscope (a device by
which drawings may be made on mimeograph stencils), to
produce cheap effective enclosures to contributors or pros-
pects in place of expensive booklets and folders, is suggested
by Bernard C. Roloff, director of the Illinois Social Hygiene
League, 952 North Clark Street, Chicago.

Mr. Roloff gives very attractive samples of the way in
which he is carrying out this principle in actual practice.
He doubtless would be happy to send samples to those who
were minded to go and do likewise.

Facing the Day's Work

The erudite "Little Schoolmaster," whose helpful articles
appear in the rear section of Printers' Ink every week,
quotes the American Weekly as suggesting that on awaken-
ing every morning a salesman should hold a little interview
with himself, with special attention to those things which
tend to produce dissatisfaction at the end of the day.

Social workers might well follow the same process, adapt-
ing to their problems the following counsel given by joint
authority of the Little Schoolmaster and the American

"Temptations to loaf that add nothing to your will.

"People to pass up who bring no butter and eggs.

"Those to see who are important, things to find out that
are lastingly helpful.

"Traffic, climate, ill health, delays, appointments not kept
promptly, will waste enough time without your help; in
fact, it is becoming increasingly harder to get through a
modern day with profit. When you have gone over the
list in your mind, pick out the one most important thing
to do and let no one person or thing keep you from doing






and Things

Curtain !

IT is over the fifty-fourth meeting of
the National Conference of Social Work.
Mary Ross and T. ]. Edmonds tell of it
elsewhere in this issue. It was a conference
full of warmth and friendliness, made so
largely by the excellent organization of the
program and the arrangements.

The kindred groups were no longer step-
children dining at the side table, but
members of the family sharing the turkey
with the 'twelve natural offspring. Regis-
tration was begun on Tuesday so that
kindred groupers might peek into their
programs before the main tent opened on
Wednesday. The program was so printed
that, as one veteran said, "it was possible
for the first time in years to tell what
meeting I want to attend." No organized
recreation was provided for Saturday
afternoon and Sunday; the conscientious
social worker didn't have to be gay unless
she wanted to. There was dancing after
the evening meeting at the headquarters
hotel take it or leave it. There may have
been bridge, too; but after hearing of T. ].
Edmonds' adventure in Daily Bulletin
humor, we doubt it.



President Sherman C. Kingsley, Philadelphia
1st Vice-Pres. Porter R. Lee, New York
2nd Vice-Pres. Richard C. Cabot, M.D.,


3d Vice-Pres. Harriet Vittum, Chicago
Executive Committee (new members) Sopho-
nisba P. Breckinridge, Chicago; Eugene
Kinkle Jones, New York; Louise Cottrell,
Iowa City, Iowa; Gertrude Vaile. Ames,
Iowa; Philip Klein, New York


Not announced

Chairman George W. Kirchwey, New York
Vice-Chairman John A. Brown, Indianapolis
Secretary Hastings H. Hart, New York


Chairman Bleecker Marquette, Cincinnati
Vice-Chairman Dr. Roger G. Perkins, Cleve-
Secretary Edith Foster, Milwaukee


Chairman Dorothy Kahn, Baltimore
Secretary Francis H. McLean, New York


Chairman Dr. John A. Lapp, Chicago
Vice-Chairman Mrs. Florence Kelley, New

Secretary Eleanor Copenhaver, Chicago


Chairman Dr. Lawson G. Lowrey. New York
Vice-Chairman Dr. Frederick H. Allen, Phila-
Secretary Eleanor Clifton, Canaan, N. Y.


Chairman William Hodson, New York
Vice-Chairman C. M. Bookman, Cincinnati
Secretary Margaret F. Byington, Hartford


Chairman William J. Ellis, Trenton
Vice-Chairman Stuart A. Queen, Lawrence,

Secretary Louise Cottrell, Iowa City, Iowa


Chairman Cecelia Razovsky, New York
Vice-Chairman Mrs. Kenneth Rich. Chicago
Secretary Florence Cassidy, Bridgeport


Chairman F. Stuart Chapin, Minneapolis
Vice-Chairman Irene Liggett, Philadelphia
Secretary Earle E. Eubank, Cincinnati


Chairman Homer \V. Borst, Indianapolis

\ ice-Chairman Irene Farnham Conrad, New

Secretary Clare M. Tousley, New York

President Neva R. Deardorff, New York
1st Vice-Pres. David C. Adie, Buffalo
2d Vice-Pres. Linton B. Swift. New York
3d Vice-Pres. Mary Russell, Memphis
Secretary Dorothy Kahn Baltimore
Treasurer John A. Fitch, New York-
Executive Committee: Stanley P. Davies, New

York; Joanna C. Colcord, Minneapolis;

Harry Lurie, Chicago


President Dr. Charles Platt, Philadelphia (re-

Vice-Pres. Judge Mary M. Barthleme, Chi-
cago (re-elected)

Board of Directors: Dr. Charles Platt Phila-
delphia (re-elected); Dr. Miriam Van
Waters, Los Angeles (re-elected); Judge

G-r - - - -D \ - -w- *-*,*./ , J lHJ(,t

eorge C. Appell, Westchester County, N
Y.; Judge George L. Day, Hartford; Judge
L. V. Day, Omaha; Raymond Moley New
York; Joseph P. Murphy, Newark, N. J.



President Mrs. Constance Webb, Cleveland
1st Vice-Pres. Edith Baker, St. Louis
2nd Vice-Pres. Margaret Brogden, Baltimore
3rd Vice-Pres. Helen Myrick, Chicago
Secretary Dorothy Ketcham, Ann Arbor
Treasurer Janet Schoenfeld, Chicago
Executive Committee: Ida Cannon, Mabel

Wilson, Ruth Emerson. Ruth Wadman
Educational Secretary: Kate McMahon Boston
Executive Secretary: Helen Beckley, 18-20 E.

Division Street, Chicago


President Helen L. Myrick, Chicago
\ ice-Pres. Sarah Iviers, New York
Secretary Kathleen Ormsby, New York
Executive Committee: Grace F. Marcus, New
York; Mildred C. Scoville, New York;
Cornelia Hopkins, Chicago; Hester Crutcher,
New Haven; Marie L. Donohoe, Boston;
Mary C. Jarrett, Boston; Maida H. Solo-
mon, Boston



President Morris D. Waldman, Detroit
Vice-Pres. I. M. Rubinow, Brooklyn; Alex-
ander M. Dushkin, Chicago; Louis E. Kir-
stein, Boston

Secretary Samuel A. Goldsmith, New York
Treasurer Ferdinand S. Bach, St. Louis


President Rev. Charles N. Lathrop
1st Vice-Pres. Rev. R. Cary Montague
2nd Vice-Pres. Rev. Caleb B. K. Weed
Secretary Rev. LeRoy Burroughs



Chairman Edwin C. Jones, Chicago
Vice-Chairman John F. Hall, Omaha
Secretary Mary Swain Routzahn, New York

President Albert H. Stoneman, Detroit
Vice-Pres. Dr. A. T. Jamison, Greenwood,

Secretary Georgia G. Ralph, New York
Treasurer Alfred E. Whitman, Boston
Executive Committee: Caroline M. Crosby.
Minneapolis; Gertrude Dubinsky, Philadel-
phia; Cheney C. Jones, Boston; Katherine
Lenroot, Washington; Charles R. Peck,
Boston; Ruth Taylor, Westchester County,
N. Y.; C. V. Williams, Chicago.
President Mina C. Van Winkle
1st Vice-Pres. Eleonore L. Hutzel
2nd Vice-Pres. Dorothy D. Henry
Secy.-Treas. Agnes T. Ferriter
Directors Mary E. Driscoll, Jessie F. Bin-
ford, Eva Whiting White, Katharine Bement
Davis, Imra Buwalda

Regional Directors Region I Emily M. Skil-
ton. Lowell, Mass.; II Rhoda Milliken,
Washington, D. C.; Ill Mrs. J. C. Davis,
Atlanta; IV Louise Moyse. Cleveland; V
Bertha M. Harnagel. Des Moines; VI
Inah M. Peterson, Wichita; VII Martha
Randall. Portland, Ore.

June 15, 19

annual meeting, Indianapolis, May 23-2

President Dr. H. Longstreet Taylor, St. P
Honorary Vice-Pres. The Honorable Cal-

Coolidge; Dr. William H. Welch, Baltimi
Vice-Pres. Dr. Alfred Henry, Imlianapol

Dr. William Charles White. Washinston
Secretary Dr. Charles J. Hatfield, Philad

Treasurer Henry B. Platt, New York

Owen Lovejoy Comes Back

FRIENDS of Owen R. Lovejoy and wl
A isn't? will be delighted to know th
he is planning a lecture tour for the comit
season. His lectures cover subjects dealir
with the youth of today, the school
woman's place, children.

Mr. Lovejoy is a former president of tl
National Conference of Social Work an
for nineteen years was executive secretat
of the National Child Labor Committe
It was under his vigorous leadership th;
the fight for the Federal Child Labc
amendment was carried into every state i
the country. His thoroughgoing state;
manship, his humor, his ability as
speaker, have endeared him to Surve
readers the country over. There are fei
public speakers who, at the shank of th
evening, can take an audience, which ha
been highly emotionalized on the Leagu
of Nations, and keep the commuters ii
their seats without a thought of the trail

Winners at Des Moines

THERE WAS an abundance of comes
winners at the National Conference o
Social Work this year. At a dinner of thi
Committee of Publicity Methods in Socia
Work, Tuesday, May 17, announcemen
was made of the winners in the Shor
Story Contest conducted by the N. Y. Com
mittee. "Wild West," by Viola Paradise
New York, won first prize of $300. Thii
story has been accepted for publication b)
Pictorial Review. "The White Elephan
Wins," by Anne Roller, Berkeley, wot
second prize of $150. Miss Roller's ston
will appear in Survey Graphic for July
"Compensation," by Lucille K. Corbett
Cleveland, won third prize of $50. Honor-
able mention to "The Magic Basket," bv



ITIES Bulletins describing the Common-
wealth Fund child health demonstrations
two in small cities, two in rural counties.
No. 1, Program and Policies. No. 2, Marion
County, Ore. No. 3, Athens, Ga. No. 4.
Progress Report. Mailed free on application
to Director of Publications. Room 1648, 370
Seventh Avenue. New York.


LABOR by Raymond G. Fuller, published
by the National Child Labor Committee, 215
Fourth Avenue, New York City, price 35


CATIONS Child Labor Facts, 1927;
Selected Bibliography on Child Labor (1920-
1927); Children Working in Missouri, 1927.
Price 10 cents each. National Child Lakor
Committee, 215 Fourth Avenue New York


by Helen G. Estey, Gardner, Mass. 69
iges, $1.00 a copy. Obtained of author at

pages, $1





Ave., N. Y. C. Individually typewritten let-
ters. Enormous capacity. Low prices. Com-
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Completed letters returned by express for local


GILL ENGRAVING CO., Photo Engravers.
140 Fifth Ave., N. Y. C. Careful, expert,
artistic work. Twenty-four hour service. Ask
The Survey about us. We do all the engrav-
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WOODLAND MILLS, 103 Fifth Avenue.
N. Y. C. Envelopes for magazines, cata-
logues and booklets, printed or plain.

Office Equipment


Jamestown. N. Y. Makers of the most com-
plete line of steel office equipment for the
modern office. Filing cabinets, desks, safes,
shelving, wardrobes, cupboards and filing sup-
plies. Write for catalogue on the equipment
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Branches and dealers in all principal cities.


70 Bedford St., N. Y. C. Provides pure cold
drinking water at a nominal monthly charge.
Our apparatus is rented only, never sold.
Inspected, cleaned, maintained by us without
additional expense. Send for booklet.

THIS PAGE each month
will be listed the services
and literature of leading man-
ufacturers of office equipment,
printing and paper, mailing
systems, publicity and other
helps for the busy social work

Any publications listed here
may be had at prices stated
(or free if no price is given]
by writing direct to the adver-
tiser or by applying to

The Administrator's Guide,

The Survey, 112 E. 19 St.,

New York, N. Y.

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prices, write.

PURO FILTER SERVICE (formerly Centa-
drink), with "the Coil that Cools" a health
necessity. A wonderful Filter-Purifier, in-
stalled and maintained by experts. Send for
booklet or representative. Puro Filter Coro.
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land, Ohio. Experienced printers of posters,
booklets, etc., for social agencies. Write for
our house organ.


100 West 21st St.. N. Y. C. Appeals. Leaflets,
Annual Reports, Letterheads, Office Forms for
Leading social agencies have come from our
prompt presses in steadily growing volume for
five years. A printer it known by the customers
he keeps we have kept our social agency
customers. "Type Talks," a style book with
specimens of type including Goudy, Kennerly,
Garamond and other attractive faces, will help
you in planning your printing. Free on request.

Telephone Devices

HUSH-A-PHONE For Phone Privacy. Snaps

instantly on the mouthpiece of any phone.
70,000 in use. Booklet free. Hush-A-Phone
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Lillian R. Kraemer, Irvington, N. J. The
judges of the contest were: Margaret
Widdemer, Will Irwin, and Paul U.

Announcement of the winners of the
Harmon-Survey Fourth Quarterly Award
was made by President Lapp at the evening
meeting of the conference, May 17. De-
tails of the announcement, with the names
of winners, may be found en the back
cover of The Survey of May 15. Julia
Alsberg and Frances M. Potter, winners
of first and second awards, were honored
guests on the platform at the evening ses-
sion and received the awards in person.

Third in the contests was The Survey's
award for the best answers to ten ques-
tions relating to the National Conference.
The award of $25 in books was won by
George S. Wilson, director, Department of
Welfare, Washington, D. C.

A.A.C.O. Changes Name

THE American Association for Com-
munity Organization voted at the Des
Moines meeting to change its name to
Association of Community Chests and
Councils. The address remains the same,
Zi5 Fourth Avenue, New York City.

Travelers Aid Manual

THE FIRST SECTION of the Travelers
Aid Manual has recently been published,
marking a very definite step in Travelers
Aid development. Remaining chapters will

be printed in separate sections. The first
section is available at isc, postpaid, and
subsequent copies at toe each. All the
chapters will eventually be published in
one volume at $1.50.


of the Brooklyn Bureau of Charities, at
285 Schermerhorn Street, was dedicated on
May 12.

FERENCE of Social Work will take place
in Tacoma, August 15-17, during the
time of the annual congress of the Ameri-
can Prison Association. Child welfare is
the central theme of the conference pro-
gram due to the fact that the Federal
Children's Bureau, at the request of the
State Conference, began in March a study
of six representative counties in the state.
This study is about half completed, but the
preliminary findings will be made avail-

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