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ing. -Gopiea of it were given to all
the newspapers before the meeting.
The committee which was appoint
ed to investigate the charges against
Judge Cooper was appointed before
the meeting. A list of the names of
those who "would be appointed at the
meeting" was given the newspapers
before the meeting.
And, finally, Mrs. Jones admitted,
when asked if there were not to be
an open discussion of the grave
charges which the meeting was "to
consider," but which were not even
presented to the meeting, that "that
as not the way we had planned it"
Mrs. Jones' husband rushed to the
platform soon after this and began
to guide the proceedings, presumably
to prevent Mrs. Jones talking about
.what "we had planned."
It did not take long for the meet
ing to resolve itself into a near-riot.
.Somewhere about half an hour
after the meeting was to have been
vailed to order, Mrs. Jones began
founding her gavel. When she se
cured attention, she said:
' "By reading history I have found
that my ancestors always were in the
front wlien the cause of righteous
ness was in danger. So I have no
apology to make for calling this
"We are here to consider certain
grave charges that have been made
against Judge William Fenimore
Cooper by certain newspapers. These
charges not onjy have been support
fid by, but promulgated by, our state's
attorney, the man who ever must
stand as the closest guardian of the
Mrs. Jones went on to say that the
charges against Judge Cooper, pub
lished "in certain newspapers," were
very terrible indeed. She did not
specify what the charges were. She
did not tell which "certain news
papers" published them, although, of
course, she meant the Hearst news
papers. "It seems strange to me," said
&Crs. Jones, "that no other news
papers have taken up these charges
against Judge Cooper."
"Maybe it's something like Postum,
and has a reason," murmured some
one in the rear.
"So we women of Cook county
have gathered here tonight," con
tinued Mrs. Jones, "to pass a reso
lution appointing a committee to in
vestigate Judge Cooper." .
This was news to most of the au
dience, who thought they had come
there to discuss the charges, the rea
son therefor and the truth or falsity
"Oughtn't we to have a chair
man?" asked a timid little woman.
"You have," said Mrs. Jones,
pleasantly. "I am your chairman."
"Oh," said the little 'woman.
"I shall now ask Mrs. Lena Roach
to read the resolution to the meet
ing," said Mrs. Jones.
Half a dozen women in different
parts of the hall jumped to their feet
"I move that this meeting be open
ed for discussion of the charges be
fore the resolution is read or acted
on," cried Harriette N. Dunn.
"I second that motion," said Mrs.
B. M. Stevenson, whose daughter
Judge Cooper once saved from the
tortures of the Park Ridge school.
"I don't think that is the way we
planned this meeting," said Mrs.
Jones, mildly. "Th& resolutions were
to come first"
Mrs. Jones' husband here organ
ized himself into a rescue committee
of one and catapulted himself on to
the platform to whisper in Mrs.
"I think you are out of order," said
Mrs. Jones, banging her gavel, when
the whispering was over.
"Put it to a vote," cried Mrs. Susan
"Question! Question! Question!"
cried a dozen women.
Mrs. Jones' husband whispered in
the ear of Mrs. Jones again, and that
delightful parliamentarian gavelled
for silence. When the noise had sub-
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