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JUUUS ROSENWALD'S BENEFIT ASSOCIATION
WILL NOW GIVE WOOD A "LOVELY FUNERAL"
"Angus Wood will have a fine fu
neral, a lovely funeral, and a head
stone over his grave, and a perpetuity
fund to keep the grave covered with
flowers." R. P. Moffett, president of
Sears, Roebuck & Co.'s "Mutual
A reporter for The Day Book went
to Sears, Roebuck & Co. today to
find out if the officials of that com
pany's "mutual benefit association"
had changed their minds about the
kind of funeral Angus Wood should
Angus Wood, an employe of Sears,
Roebuck & Co., for seven years, and
a member of the company's "mutual
benefit association" for four years,
died last Monday.
According to the strict interpreta
tion of the company's "mutual bene
fit association's" by-laws, as done by
John Higgins, -secretary of the as
sociation, the association owed
WoQd's estate $236.25.
Yet Higgins told friends of Wood
that the "mutual benefit association"
that Julius Ros,enwald was so proud
of when on the grill before the
O'Hara welfare commission, would
only give Woodar $69 funeral, and
would not provide a carriage for pall
bearers nor flowers for respect of the
The friends of Wood then desired
to know what Mr. Higgns and the
"mutual benefit association" were
going to do with the balance of the
money that would be owing the Wood
estate after the $69 funeral was paid
Higgins was very vague about this.
He at first said he would credit to
Wood's relatives at the Easton Rec
tory, Manchester, England. It was
pointed out that these relatives had
failed to answer letters sent to them
at that address during Wood's illness.
Higgins then decided that the "mu
tual benefit association" would give
the balance of the money to the
Before Wood's friends left Higgins
promised to take up the matter of
the carriages for pallbearers and
flowers with the directors of the "mu
tual benefit association," which met
The directors met yesterday after
noon and decided that $69 was alto
gether too much to spend on Wood's
funeral and cut that amount to $50.
Then The Day Book, carrying the
full story of the decisions of the
"mutual benefit association" in the
case appeared on the street. So The
Day Book decided to make new in
The reporter first asked for Hig
gins, Higgins having been the person
who did all the talking to Wood's
friends. Higgins, .strange as it may
seem, was not in. Probably he was
out in the back lot playing ball.
The reporter then said that If Hig
gins were not there Julius Rosenwald
might do instead. The man guarding
the way into Rosenwald's den want
ed to know if the reporter had an
appointment. The reporter said no,
but that he was from The Day Book.
"Ah," said the Rosenwald guardian
angel, "possibly Mr. Rosenwald is not
in now that I come to think of It,
Mr. Rosenwald did not come in at all
The reporter then sought out P. P.
Moffett, president of the wonderful
"mutual benefit association." He re
ferred the reporter to Higgins and
the reporter said he was in a hurry.
"Surely you, as president of the
association, know what is going to
be done," said the reporter.
"Why, yes," said Moffett, brighten
ing up. "Why, yes, we're going to
give Wood a fine funeral, a lovely
funeral and we're going to have a
headstone put over his grave and
then we're going to give the rest of
the money to the perpetuity fund in
the cemetery. You know, the peri