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to Wood relatives or to use for a
gravestone after the $69 has been
paid for. Is that correct?"
"Yes," said Higgins, helplessly.
"All right," said Wood's friends, "is
this $69 funeral going to provide car
riages for the pall-bearers."
"Eh?" said Higgins. "No."
"Why not? It is usual, isn't it for
persons conducting a funeral to pro
vide carriages for the pall-bearers?"
"I don't know," said Higgins, who
was not nearly so haughty now. "I'll
I'll take it up at the meeting of the
board of directors of the Mutual
Benefit Association this afternoon.
Everything about Wood's funeral is
to be settled then?"
"Why didn't you tell us about that
meeting of the board of directors at
which 'everything about Wood's fun
eral is to be settled' before instead
of telling us that YOU had settled
r-crything?" demanded Wood's
"Are you sure about the rest of
the things you said? Ard you sure
that the balance of the money you
owe to Wood's .estate will be paid to
Wood's relatives or be used to put
up a gravestone?"
"Yes, we'll give it to the ceme
tery," was the surprising answer of
There was a long silence after this.
"You know," said Higgins, des
perately, after the lack of small talk
had become painful, "this mutual
benefit association is a wonderful
thing. It is called the Secoro Mutual
Benefit Association. Secoro comes
from Sears, Roebuck & Co., you see.
Now Wood only paid in 55 cents a
month, but look what he'B getting?"
"Yes," said Wood's friend, heavily,
"just look what he's getting a raw
deal after death.
That ended the interview this aft
ernoon. When Aid. Ahern was told what
had taken place he said that all mu
tual benefit associations for employes
is run by big corporations were ut- i
terly wrong and that they should be
under state supervision.
There are three more things in
the case worth noting:
The Dunning asylum, during the
three months that Wood was a pa
tient there, wrote several letters to
Sears, Roebuck & Co. reporting on
Wood's condition. They received no
When the Dunning asylum au
thorities heard that Wood's estate
had a death benefit coming from
pears, Roebuck & Co. they put in a
claim for $120 for caring for Wood
for three months, which is a strange
thing for a county institution to do.
When asked why Wood received
no sick benefits, Higgins of Sears,
Roebuck & Co. said:
"Well, you see we had him taken
to Judge Owen's court and he was
adjudged insane there and so we paid
him $4.70 for the part of that week
before he was found insane and of
course after that we could not pay
him anything. Quite impossible to
pay an insane man anything, you
BALDWIN DECIDES FOR COOPER
Judge William Penimore Cooper
won a. decided victory in the vote
probe controversy with Judge George
Kersten today when Judge Baldwin
in the circuit court decided that the
special grand jury appointed by
Judge Cooper for investigation of
the November election was entitled
to the use of the election records.
This decision gives full authority
to the Cooper jury and leaves the
jurors appointed by Kersten without
anything to do. Clyde L. Day, special
state's attorney appointed by Ker
sten, contested the decision.
Springfield, ill. Gov. Edward F.
Dunne Bigned the woman suffrage bill
at 9:54 this morning, and by that act
enfranchised one million six hundred
thousand women, more than double
the number of women entitled to vote
in the United States,