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THE COOPER "JURY OF WOMEN" HOLDS A MASS
MEETING OF TWENTY-FIVE PEOPLE
and read on and on for what seemed
an endless time, while the women
fidgetted in their seats.
The Cooper "jury of women,
which changed its name to Women's
Civic Council as a matter of diplo
macy, held a meeting last night in the
south parlor of the Auditorium Hotel
and intermingled with the music of
the Chicago band playing across the
street something that purported to
be the "findings" of the jury, but
which was absolutely unintelligible,
and was read by the secretary, Mrs.
There were about twenty-five pres
ent and five were men, one being the
husband of Mrs. Minona S. Fitts
Jones, who sat meekly in the back
ground. Mrs. Kathryn Rutherford, who at
the last meeting hinted at knowledge
of terrible and dark secrets in the life
of Judge Coop.er, which if she should
tell decided to take up a collection.
No one knew just what the collec
tion might be for and so some of the
"mass meeting" hastily "beat it."
Perhaps they didn't figure they would
get the worth of their money, and
again, it was rather a shabby trick
to invite them there for a free show
and try to make them dig afterward.
However, nothing daunted, Mrs.
Rutherford passed the hat around
and one man weighed a penny
thoughtfully and then he grew
ashamed because there weren't any
other pennies in the hat, so he re
luctantly yielded up a nickel.
"The show will now begin," the
chairman, Dr. Lillian M. Thompson
seemed to be saying, though the
noise of the music made it difficult to
"How much money did we get?"
one of the women demanded. '
But the Women's Civic League
possesses some members with good
husky voices, so the lone lady's in
quiry was not heard in the attempt
of everybody to read something at
Mrs. Marie McKee got the floor
Finally Mrs. Jones' patience grew
exhausted and she just put an end
to Mrs. McKee's wail by getting up
and telling "How I Started the Judge
Cooper Investigation." And inter
mingled with the "I's" you could
catch such words as "Merriam com
mission," "Voting machine scandal,"
"Every judge on the bench in Chi
cago today," Mrs. Potter Palmer,"
"Mrs. Jane Addams," "All about suf
frage," until a cub reporter queried
"Will you tell me just how she did
start the Cooper jury ? '
"Nothing doing," the peevish one
he had asked replied. "It's bad
enough to have to listen to a bunch
of females talking on a hot night
without editing the conundrum col
umn. Find it out yourself."
Mrs. Mary McKee, the interrupted
one, who had been trying to tell of
the "findings," took courage as Mrs.
Jones sat down, and tried once more
to enlighten the mass meeting but
Mrs. Viola Green had started to
tell why she was interested in the in
vestigation, and the band outside
played "Silver Threads Among the
Gold" at the same time, so Mrs.
Green will have to publish her reason
for being interested if she wants to
enlighten the world in this respect.
And then Mrs. Rutherford, who is
quite indignant at any and all times
about our Illinois law only Mrs.
Rutherford always calls it "YOUR
Illinois law that hasn't been taken
off the statute books in 300 years"
Cot right up and revealed the "in
visible government" behind a "habeas
corpus," but since few of the ladies
knew whether a habeas corpus was a
novel or something to eat, they didn't
look as surprised as was expected.
OF COURSE, and once again, and