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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 13, 1912, Image 13

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RURAL VERSE
. , Written for The Day Book by Berton Braley.
You gfca homely subject JJke the "Mould That's on theXheese
And then in jural dialect you motfeHines like these:
'TJcin hear'the tows"a-lowjn' ez. as they stamp around a 'lot
I kin smell Jhe pork a-sizzlin' an the coffee in the pot;
Ivkin.srnfdh;it,jTke. inised-tor.-jdien I lived out on the farm,
An' I Vish't that I was hack there, fur there isn't any charm
vMke hejfi' m the country wheij te wells begin to freeze,
Atf the tee is' on the pitcher art' the IVlould fe on the Cheesei"
And then-ypu add some raptures-on the snowiness of snow
The4cornfort of the kitchen when it's zcto or below;
Anf "fathers whiskers frozen when he clumps in from the barn,
An' syVthe pfgs is-freezin' an' the hens,ain't-wurth a darn;"
You sing of roads; snowed over and of'fields of sparklin' whitej"
AndiQfsitting by'tnecoal stove when the chores are donei at night.
The musecft rural poets fs an easy muse to please, s
"YWhehStheicehVdn thepftcher an' themouldis txn the cheese!
v;ieim& qf-dworce
"Thesuperintendentr of Ohio's
sate reformatory announces that
50pper cent otJthe boys in, his
chajgeiiare th cms-of divorce,
ajnddfcjs likely "that alHhe other
sinular-fnstitutions of the country
contaurafliigh per centag&of such
victimsc '
CThj trouble' with these boys is
that they ejitudn't select their Bar
ents, andthe-state society was4h
dnreritamr,es,pect df such selec
tion. ' t "
'Dou'btlessnhe statfr makes a
better parent after the'boy has
started wrong than do quarrel
ingindiyjduals; butpeop4e who
marry really burden themselves
with, responsibility to the state,
and it does not look reasonable to
require the state to bear all the
cost of caring for children left
derelict by divorce growing -out
of'the usual causes.
When divorce is granted, the
court -seldom, if evr, requires
bond for proper raising of the
children, -or any indemnity
against tjie state's being forced to
care for them. The court merely
SeMersvthe existing marital bonds,
leaving the parties to make new
unions 2nd breed more charges
for the state to handle.
"Xke court-may "s6aV the hus
band fpr bjg alimony, lest the
Wife may suffer, but there's no
consideration for the "financial
burden thrown upon the state.
Why not take from the fellow
who "buys' his freedom" inthe di
vorce court,, as is often the"case,a
little alimony for the taxpayers
who have to support state insti
tutions for the reform of victims
J of divorce?

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