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of the lie of her real mother at
least that is what the court said,
for courts rear -a great legal wall
"between mother and child yhen
they are thus separated.
But the mother knew different
ly. Alma still lived to, her", vivid
ly, in tearful memories and daily
heart hunger. She struggled on,
and finally the wheel of life-shifted.
Love came to her. She met
and married anotfierman, a good
man, a prosperous civil engineer
on the Panama canal.
Even tfign;. with love and a
prosperous home happiness for
her was jio;t .complete. She long
ed for fhe -baby girl hers no
longer legally, -' JftitTstill her own
flesh and blood, ;a very part of
herself. Sliecame back to Chi
cago seeking Alma.
For months she could learn
nothing. The great legal barrier
was in the way, you see. Finally
mother love and detectives to
gether traced Alma. The home
into which she had been adopted
was no longer prosperous." Alma
needed her mother again, just as
she had needed the foster mother,
years before. The wheel of life
had swung completely around,
and in raising the real mother if
had cast down-the fortunes of the
w But the foster mother loved
Alma,.too. She wouldn't give her
up. They arranged that Alma
should go to an academy ,' where
b.oth .might see her occasionally
and correspond with her.
Still the mother-love ' was not
satisfied. ' Mother, wanted again,.
for her, .very pwn, the" baby she
had first cuddled close and warmf
against her breast. And the fos-J
ter mother's love helped, too, in
that final realization of the desire:
The dramatic climax of thisj
story from real life came whem
both pothers appeared In courts
together and the judge-gave Al-1
ma back again, legally, to her own
mother as the latter placed five
new $100 bills in the hands of the
foster mother. Otherwise she-
couldn't have her.
The mother walked out of the
court room with her arm about
'her daughter. ' '
. The foster mother went more'
slowly, with hot, regretful tears
blistering the'paper money in her
'hands, her pay for twelve years'
of love and watchful care.
"It's awful to think of arndthen
actually having to buy back her
own daughter, like a slave, in a"'
court oMaw, isn't"it?;T asks Henry-'
Neil. . T
Who is NeU He's' the man'
who has made it practically im-"-possible
for such a scene to hap
pen again in Illinois. It is nowr
impossible in 'Illinois because,'
since that $500 purchase a few
months ago, a mother's pension
law has gone into effect here. Neil
was the father of that law.
The Jaw provides that the chil
dren of a destitute but worthy
mother shall not be taken from
her. Instead, the judge awards.'
her a modest-little monthly pen-t '
sjon, say $7. or $8 a child, what-
'ever i$ needed, to enable her. toj
Support those children at home,
in addition to what'she is able toj
earn herself.- It saves thfe homer