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CHARITY TRUST AGAIN IN THE LIMELIGHT
WANTS CO-OPERATION FROM APPLICANTS
The statistical charity trust was
again on the pan yesterday in the
court of domestic relations.
Mrs. Calvin Weeks, 5638 S. Maple
wood av., mother of five children
ranging in ages from 1 year up to
14, was in the court, but her testi
mony was given .in the main by a
representative of the United Chari
ties who seemed to feel quite a little
satisfaction in making her state
ments. "Weeks is not in court," she said.
"He deserted his family again nine
days after he was in this court the
"Have you any means of support?"
Judge Hopkins asked Mrs. Weeks.
"None at all," she answered in a
low, shamed voice.
"Issue a capias in this case and
bring Weeks into court," ordered the
The United Charities worker smiled
and turned to go, but a man who had
been standing by Mrs. Weeks said:
"I want to speak a word in this
case. I have been supplying this
family with coal. They are a worthy
family and in terrible poverty and
the United Charities have said they
will not help them. I think someone
ought to be forced to help them. I
am a poor man myself and I have
done all I can. Why doesn't some
charitable agency do something?"
"Why won't you help?" Judge
Hopkins asked the representative of
the charities. "I should think that
your society would feel it a duty to
do something at this time for this
The representative of the statis
tical charities made a glib answer:
"The reason, the charities hasn't done
more," she said, "is that Mrs. Weeks
has refused to co-operate properly.
They may do something now."
However the history of the case
doesn't leave much to hope for, so
far as Mrs. Weeks and the five chil
dren are concerned.
On November 12, 1914, a neighbor
of Mrs. Weeks, knowing the family
needed help, sent an anonymous let
ter to the Tribune. The Tribune,
which turns over all money sent to it
to the charity trust, also turned over
the letter to them, and a few days
later an investigator went to the
home of Mrs. Weeks.
It was a sad case. Mrs. Weeks,
with a lack of proper reverence for
the statistical charity trust, refused
to give the names of all of her rela
tives, and most naturally the char
ity trust investigator reported that
Mrs. Weeks would not co-operate
and nothing was done for the fam
ily that then consisted of the moth
er and four children.
On July 23, 1915, the case again
came to the attention of the offend
ed United Charities, this time brought
there by Mrs. Weeks, whose husband
had again deserted her. By this time
she had gotten out of the $20 flat
she had previously lived in and was
living in a building so run down that
the landlord let her have it free of
charge. This time she showed the
proper spirit of humility and there
fore she was given "temporary re
lief' which consists of an order for
Mrs. Weeks' husband returned and
the charities were not troubled for
further generosity until Jan. 14, 1916.
when Mrs. Weeks wrote that she
At that time the statistical chari
ties answered by bringing Weeks in
to the court of domestic relations
and he was ordered to get work and
support his family.
But the representative of the Unit
ed Charities says they may do some
thing now if Mrs. Weeks will prop
erly co-operate with them.
Chicago assured of grand opera for
next season, says Charley Dawes.