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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 26, 1912, Image 10

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"tore on the middle of the dock at
the foot of East 10th street, tying
aTOpearound his waist and fast
ening the other end to a post so
tftat he could not get to the edge.
Then she walked out to the end
where the black East river rolled
oilily over the shadows of Hell
Gate. Maria shivered, but went
nearer.
And then little Salvatore held
out his little, hejpless arms.
"Mamma!" he called. "Mamma!"
And Maria came.
That night Tony came back.
He hadn't sailed at all. He had
started to go to Texas, but he
couldn't leave his Salvatore or
Salvatore's mother.
"Now," asked Doctor Baker,
Smiling quizzingly, "do you
think a little slum baby's life is
worth saving, no matter how
broken It may be? In this case
we saved the baby's life and the
mother's life, and also prevented
the disruption of a home."
Dr. Baker, who is still -a very
young woman, has all New York
talking. She was made head of
the Child Hygiehe division di the
department of public health two
years agb. Her organization has
cut down the annual infant mor
tality in New York this summer
by"l,200 and has prevented 10,000'
cases of infantile illness!
"Of course, it has cost us
money to save these babies," said
Dr. Baker. "But in almost every
case a baby is worth saving. They
are the human merchandise of a
city,
"Besides, eV6ry baby has a right
to live, once it is born. It is; mu
nicipal murder for a city to let it
die. For babies, can be saved as
easily by just a little organized
care.
"I hope that every -city in the
United States will fall into line
and adopt some such system as
ours.
"There should be no more
time lost. Much may still be done
this suinmer, though most of the
hot weather is over.
"The most important thing,
however, is to prepare Tor next
summer's campaign, and every
city that has not entered upon the
work,of saving its babies shoulq
start at once."
. What Dr. Baker Has Done.
' Established stations all over
city where pasteurized milk may
be had by mothers at cost. Had
doctors there give each mother
prescription for modifying this'
milk.
Appointed staff of milk station
nurses and doctors who must ex
'amine all babies in .various dis
tricts at least once a week.
Had another staff of visiting
nurses g6 to homes where babies,
are sick or are newly-born, and:
help mothers, teaching them
many lessons of diet and hy-
giene.
-Established classes tor motn-
pr nnrl tinrl rJnrtnrs tell them tTift
facts of child-hygiene and nurs-1
ing. Had them meet m the parks
or school "houses1. - '
'"Organized leagues of "little
mothers,'' composed of young1'
girls who help take care of their.
hltle'brothers and sisters. They;
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