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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 23, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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UNITED CHARITIES SCORED BY JUDGE FOR
COURT PRACTICES
Charity iB a many-sided quality
and should have a part in all court
proceedings. --..
But charitable judgment, as prac
ticed by some representatives of the
United Charities, is in disfavor with
Judge Jacob M. Hopkins of the court
of domestic relations.
In case after case representatives
of the United Charities have come
into court and recommended Bride
well sentences for defendants. One
year is the least they consider ade
quate punishment.
The patience of Judge Hopkins
reached the breaking point yesterday,
and over the head of one U. C. rep
resentative, he bitterly assailed the
entire practice of the charities in his
court.
John Herman, 2017 School street,
had been arrested on the complaint
of his wife, Josephine, who said he
did not support her or their child.
John and Josephine had had their
differences and he admitted he didn't
provide aB much money as he might
But he presented some extenuating
circumstances that were considered
by the court. John said he was will
ing to pay a stated amount each week
to his wife and an order to that effect
was entered.
Then a United Charities represen
tative, who had been standing behind
Josephine during the hearing, broke
in. In many cases the U. C. has rep
resentatives in cases because the
names of complainants are on their
books.
She wanted John to secure a surety
bond for the payments of the stated
amount to his wife, in default of
which he would have to go to jail.
There had been no question but what
John was a worker and a fairly
steady one.
The judge's jaw tensed angrily as
he listened to the U. C. representa
tive. "Sending a man to jail seems to be
the chief aim of the charities, from
what I can make out in this court,"
rapped out the judge.
"And in every case where you peo
ple want a man jailed a year is tho
least you consider."
The charities representative tried
to break in.
"Three times in the last week,"
continued the judge, disregarding
her, "I have had the same condition.
Charities' representatives came in
here and wanted a man sent to the
Bridewell for a year.
"This business has been going on
long enough. The United Charities
is the only organization that takes
such a stand. It" may be amusing to"
the charities, but it isn't to me. That
Isn't modern charity; it's medieval
"The defendant will be allowed to
go on his own bond, and I would ad
vise a change in the court practice
of your society."
The charities' worker, who had
been vainly trying to get in a word,
retired crestfallen.
"Do you mind being quoted on
that?" the judge was asked.
"Not a bit," he answered, his an
ger uncooled. "It is time such things
were brought out into the light."
May sound like a funny question'
to ask a judge, but all or them aren't
so free in criticism of the United
Charities.
JAP LINER SUNK BIG LOSS
London, Dec. 23. Sinking of Jap
anese liner Yasaka Maru by subma
rine in Mediterranean resulted in loss
of more than $5,000,00, Daily Tele
graph asserted today. Yasaka Maru,
vessel of nearly 7,000 tons, was en
route from London to Japan via the
Suez canal
I have named my new launch "Rev
enue Cutter" because she cuts such
big swaths in my revenue (salary).
uet it? Artie.
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