RELIEF: Surplus Sal

Most people think of Rochester, N. Y. as a rich, solid city where Kodaks are made and music, subsidized by Eastman millions, flourishes. Rochester is also a sick city whose thousands of immigrant, unskilled unemployed compound the effects of Depression II. Dependent on Relief is one in five of Rochester's 330,000 citizens.

A Rochester Reliefer is Miss Mabel McFiggins. "I used to work in a button factory," said middle-aged Miss McFiggins, "but that was a long time ago. My arthritis, y'know." Along with others on local relief in Rochester, Miss McFiggins last...

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