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Vetoed The Resolution

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Parent Issue
Day
11
Month
February
Year
1898
Copyright
Public Domain
OCR Text

At the council meeting Monday evening a resolution was offered and carried that the names of all persons receiving aid from the poor fund of the city be published in the official report of the council meeting, together with the amount each one received. Mayor Hiscock, after duly considering the matter, vetoed the resolution, he being satisfied that it would be to no good end to publish the names. While there is no question but that there are always some people who hang on to the poor relief fund and obtain aid who do not deserve it, yet there is also no doubt but that the poor fund of Ann Arbor is as carefully administered as that of any city in Michigan. It is well known to anybody who has ever had anything to do with the distribution of the poor fund that pressure is at all times brouhgt to bear npon the authorities by well meaning ladies to give this or that poor person (who are always entirely destitute), aid from the poor fund, and if all their petitions and suggestions for such objects were received and acted upon favorably the amount expended each year would run up to close on to $10,000. To illustrate how easily they are imposed on, one instance may be related. Some years ago an application was filed with Poormaster Sipley by some of these charitalbe ladies for relief for a family who were "entirely destitute.' Food was what was wanted - flour, potatoes, and also wood. Mr. Sipley investigated the case and in the course of his tour thorugh the house saw a bed which presented a rather suspicious appearance. On turning down the clothes a bag of flour was disclosed to view. under the bed was found nearly a bushel of potatoes, and in the cellar was a quantity of wood. This is only one of the many cases of "entire destitution" in which no such state of affairs exists. As said before, there is no question but there are some cases where relief is rendered to people who cannot be said to actually deserve it. Take for instance, the case of the man who last month received over $12 from the poor fund and who is now serving a sentence in jail for drunkenness. But, even in such cases it is questionable whether any good would be derived from publishing the names of such people, for professional paupers like professional crooks are very callous as to whether their names are published in a newspaper or not. The best relief from the chronic hanger on to the poor fund will be found in a strict investigation of the list of those receiving aid and a liberal use of ink and pen in striking such names off the list.