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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 16, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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boy's maintenance, but she finds lie
is just about $12,000 "shy" ,each.
year!
This is not guesswork or hearsay.
It is embodied in formal reports
mode to the court by Mrs. Astor as
her son's guardian.
Col. Astor left $3,000,000 in trust
for the boy. The income from this is
$140,000, but the surrogate only al
lowed $20,000 for the baby. It is re
ported Mrs. Astor will soon ask for
an increased allowance for little John.
In showing what it cost to main
tain the baby, "befitting his station
in life, it is set forth that in addition
to such direct expenditures as cloth
ing, toys, fees for doctors and law
yets, etc., it is fair to charge up to
him at least one-third of such other
expenses as the taxes on the New
York mansion, which cost his mother
$63,000 for two years. Also, it is set
forth that the upkeep of this place,
including servants' hire, supplies,
etc., cost $90,000, of which baby John
ought to pay $30,000!
And the report very solemnly goes'
on to state that Mrs. Astor has, not
charged to her son'B account any rent
for the Bar liarbor home, nor the
cost of trips on which he has accom
panied her, ,nor for the upkeep of
automobiles, "from all of which," she
adds, "he has received substantial
benefit and with a reasonable portion
of which expense, as 1 am advised by
my counsel, the said infant might
properly be charged."
Do you think Mrs. Astor is right?
Or do you think the $20,000 the
court allowed him to be enough? Do
you think it right to spend that much
on a baby or even to charge that
much up to a baby?
Astor r who lost his life in the Titanic,
disaster, claims the court has not
made an allowance large enough for
the proper support of her three-year-old
son.
The baby ONLY gets $20,000 per
annum and she figures that he costs
AT LEAST $32,000 and even then she
does not put down ALL that she
might LEGALLY in the bill!
The editor of The Day Book would
like to know how much your baby
actually costs you. Also, what should
a baby cost? Figure it out and write
to The Day Book.
FOR
ASTOR BABY'S BUDGET
A YEAR
Taxes on New York mansion. $10,500
For upkeep of residence, em
ployes' salaries, service sup
plies 15,000
Physicians' fees 2,625
Lawyers' fees 1,250
Merchandise, including toys. . 2,500
Cost of mother's bond 125
Total for the year $32,000
COST OF MILLIONAIRE BABY
AND OF JUST ORDINARY BABY
Did you ever stop to think how
(much in dollars and cents your prat
tling three-year-old boy or ghi costs
you.?
Mrs. Madeline Force Astor, the
beautiful widow of CoL John Jagob. j
ORDINARY THREE - YEAR - OLD'S
BUDGET
Doctor bills $ 5 to $ 25
Toys 1 to 10
Food 25 to 50
Clothes 10to 25
Miscellaneous 4 to 15
Total per year $45 to $125
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HOUSEHOLD HELPS
To clean the lamp chimney that is
smoke stained, wash in warm suds
and while wet rub with dry salt and
polish with tissue paper. -"
Put pan of cold water in oven if
oven is too hot If baking a delicate
cake one should, use two pans, add
one as the other is removed and keep
the oven at the right heat.
If a rug is small enough to shake
with the hands, always hold the rug
by the middle at the sides and not at
the ends; the fringe and corners will,
not fray or pull off.
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