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KICKS FROM CHARITY TRUST, ETC., RESULT
IN WIDOWS' TAG DAY BEING SIDETRACKED
The tremendous influence of the
charity trust was felt last night in
the city council whena motion to re
consider and place on file a permit
granting dependent widows a tag day
The debate opened when the mayor
shoved a choice bunch of correspond
ence to the reading clerk. Here's
what some Chicagoans wrote to the
"An absurd action." Jas. B. For
gan, president of the First Nat'l bank.
"I condemn vigorously this vicious
order." James Simpson, gen mgr. of
"A nuisance and a disgrace."
Mitchell Follansbee, att'y.
"Vicious and outrageous piece of
legislation." F. H. Rawson, presi
dent Union Trust Co.
Even the Legal Aid society and the
Chicago Woman's club urged the
mayor to veto the permit
"I don't think that many of the al
dermen knew what was being passed
when this order went over," said Aid.
Nance, who made the motion to re
consider., "Chicago is being over
tagged. It cheapens the proposition."
The reading clerk went through a
long letter from the Chicago Central
Council of Social Agencies. The coun
cil "deplored" the permit. They, told
how many widows were being taken
care of by different Chicago charities
and suggested the department of pub
lic welfare as the proper body to is
sue tag day permits hereafter.
Aid. Lynch cited the record. He
showed how Aid. Nance had consent
ed to the passage of the permit. He
also replied to Aid. Nance's insinua
tion against a "fly-by-night" organi
zation by showing up the United
Charities in reading part of the Cur
ran report. He read the part in
which Lies testified to receiving
$5,000 a year for his services.
When the clerk called the roll for
the reconsideration of the ordinance
Aid. Coughlin arose.
"I have seen the smile of the maiden
When I tendered by modest mite,
And now I would see the widow's
For the widow's always right
"I vote no."
Then he sat down perfectly se
rious. Aldermen snickered. The
mayor looked at Coughlin with sur
prise. It was the first time he hadn't
voted with "the bunch."
"We have the United Charities tp
thank for the defeat of this order,"
said Aid. Thomas J. Lynch, its spon
sor. "No attack has been made on
any other tag day. Who says the de
pendent widows are not entitled to
receive aid without certain amounts
being deducted for expenses?"
Corporation Counsel Ettelson de
fined rule eight of council which pro
hibits any one but reporters, alder
men and city officials from being on
the floor and forbids lobbying. Also
said City Attorney Francis and City
Prosecutor Miller are city officials.
Opinions referred to judiciary com
mittee. JFor the first time in many months
the city council has undertaken to
lay down some work for the different
city departments. An order intro
duced by Aid. Buck calls on the com
missioner of buildings, health, gas
and electricity, the boiler inspector,
the chief of tie fire prevention bu
reau, the smoke inspector's office and
the general sup't of police to make
rigid inspections of the plants of all
garment manufacturers affected by
the strike to see if any of the city
ordinances are being violated.
Council passed an order of Ald.jj
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