Widows of Chicago Fire Heroes Win.
Before October 1st the unexpended balance of the $211,000 donated for the widows and children of the twenty-three firemen killed in the Chicago stockyards disaster in December must be distributed. The sum originally subscribed by the public has not been materially lessened by expenses. The plan of the citizens relief committee, headed by Harlow N. Higinbotham, for a trusteeship of the funds during the minority of the children has been disapproved by Judge William Fenimore Cooper of the Superior Court. The division of the fund was approved. This ends litigation covering several months. Certain beneficiaries opposed the plan and demanded an immediate anil equal distribution. The decision pays a glowing tribute to the committee, “actuated only by a noble purpose,” and gives a warning against “any echo of ingratitude.” There is also a warning to the women, soon to be intrusted with the money for themselves and their children, against carelessness, get-rich-quick schemers and borrowing friends. “It is up to them (the widows) to show the public and the committee their gratitude and appreciation of this grand gift by a level headed care of it,” said Judge Cooper. “They are each and all charged to avoid borrowing friends and ‘get-rich-quick’ schemers who will be around to see them as soon as they hear they have received the money. To each and all they must say ‘No.’ The court appoints them permanent trustees thereof for themselves and their children, and they must respect the confidence and trust reposed.” The decree upholds the committee in the allotment of moneys due, quashing the contention of some petitioners for an equal distribution. It establishes the right of distinguishing between beneficiaries in amount due. Under the ruling all securities must be converted into cash and payments made to each and all beneficiaries named by Sept. 20. The money will be distributed as follows: