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around his home on Lexington street
and was supported by his friends.
At least, that is what Wood's
friends say, and it is worthy of note
because under the rule of Sears, Roe
buck & Co.'s mutual benefit associa
tion he should have been paid $11.25
sick benefit every week.
Then, at the end of some five
weeks, Sears, Roebuck & Co.'s bene
fit association discovered that a
member was ailing, paid Wood $4.70
for part of one week's Bick benefit,
rushed Wood down to County Judge
John E. Owen's court, had him ad
judged insane and committed to Dun
There Wood was given some wierd
mixture of the cures for tuberculosis
and insanity and there, last Mon
day night, he died.
The body was shipped to Alderman
Thomas Ahern of the Thirteenth
Ward, who is an undertaker as well
as an alderman and who may be
judged prejudiced by whosoever feels,
that way about it.
The death of Wood, in time, came
to the ears of his friends. Yesterday,
one of them, who knew that Wood
was a member of Sears, Roebuck &
Co.'s mutual -benefit association and
entitled to a death benefit, called up
Sears, Roebuck & Co. and asked how
much money there was for the fun
eral. Someone at Sears, Roebuck &, Co.
replied, over the telephone, that there
Was $250 coming.
Last night, a messenger from
Sears, Roebuck & Co. called on Al-J
derman-Undertaker Ahern and told
him to give Wood a $50 funeral.
When Wood's friends heard of this
they were indignant, since you can
not have much of a funeral in Chi
cago for $50.
Wood's friends called up Sears,
Roeb.uck & Co. and asked what was
going to be done with the rest of the
$250, if only $50 was going to "be
spent for the funeral.
Someone at Sears, Roebuck & Co.
replied that there was only $125 com
ing in the way of a death benefit fop
Wood, and that after the'funerat was
paid for,, -the balance of the money
would be sent to Wood's relatives in.
These things being somewhat con
tradictory, two of Wood's friends
went to Sears, Roebuck & Co. today
to find out the truth about the mat
ter. They were referred to John Hig
gins, head of the auditing depart
ment of the company and one of the
nine directors of the mutual benefit
association. Higgins, who is a small
person with a bristly red moustache,
was inclined to be very haughty at
"What does It matter about the
funeral?" he demanded. "Funerals
are for the living and not for the
dead. This thing of expensive fun
erals is all bosh; just desire for pomp
and display. When I die, I want 'em
to bury me as cheaply as possible."
One of Wood's friends mildly sug
gested that, in this case, it was not
Higgina who had died, and was not
"All the same thing," said Higgins,
"I figure $69 will cover all the ex
pense of Wood's funeral hearse,
cemetery and grave everything."
"Sixty-nine dollars won't pay for
a decent funeral in this town," said
one of Wood's friends.
"I'm "hot going to let any get-rich-quick
undertaker get OUR money,"
said Higgins. "Of course, we know
how his friends feel about it, but no
bunch of money grabbers are going
to get OUR coin. We're running this
funeral. If you fellows want to give
Wood a good funeral, you want to
spend your money for flowers and
stuff. That's your business if you
want to do it."
Higgins reached lor the telephone
and called up the man Sears, Roe
buck & Co. sent to Undertaker Ahern
last night to tell him to "give Wood
a $50 funeral."
"What'd you say to Ahern?" Hig
gins demanded over the telephone.