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SOME PECULIAR CASES COME BEFORE JUDGE
PINCKNEY IN HIS JUVENILE COURT
BY JANE WHITAKER
Did you ever spend a few hours in the Juvenile Court, presided over
by Judge Pinckney?
It would be worth your while, but you would have to sit very close, for
the proceedings are carried, on in a low tone of voice unless some parent
about to be deprived of a child or children should grow excited.
There are just two kind of people in that court the fashionable women
;who in their own narrow circles are "such earnest social workers, you
know," and the victims of poverty who are giving their children up to rid
themselves of the responsibility, or who have fallen into the hands of some
charity that has decided the children must be given up.
There was a youngster there yesterday morning of about six years. His
father, a foreigner, who spoke the English language very imperfectly, had
evidently learned that the Juvenile
Court is the place to take children
when you want to get rid of them.
Chicago's population, foreign or oth
erwise, is well educated to that fact.
The boy was just a normal boy,
healthy, and with a vivid imagination.
He was accused of horrible crimes.
He stole the few pennies his mother
gave him to buy something for her
at the store, he sometimes ran out of
the house to play and stayed out un
til 11 o'clock a.t night and worse,
much, much worse, he didn't always
tell the truth.
A great, big, broad-minded man,
who is a genius himself, has said that,
some of the greatest books have
never been written because the par
ents of children have killed their
child's imagination by punishing a
he. And a child lies for one of two
reasons.. It has either grown afraid
of its parents and fears to tell the
truth, or its imagination carries it
into realms beyond the ability of its
prosaic elders to wander.
Did you never play make-believe
with a child? If you haven't, you
have missed a great deal. For then
you will find that in that baby brain,
open to impressions as it is, there
is a wealth of dreams more beautiful
and more fantastic than you will ever
find in the covers of a book.
And the stealing? I have heard
many a mother deplore the fact that
her children took pennies that did
not belong to them, but I never heard
of a mother who couldn't understand
and forgive when little six-year-old
timidly sobbed: "Muzzer, I boughted
candy with them."
Yet it was for these things the man
wanted the child taken away. He
shrugged his shoulders and vowed
the child was beyond control.
"Will you pay $1.25 a week or $5
a month for the board of the boy if
I send him away?" Judge Pinckney
The man looked as though he did
not understand. It was not part of
his knowledge that sometimes one
has to pay to be relieved of the care
of a child.
"That makes it different, doesn't
it?" Judge Pinckney asked. "It will
cost you $5 every month to keep this
child in an institution and I don't
know but what a year there would
be a good thing for him. It would
give him some training."
Do you remember Herman Coppes?
He, too, was sent to an insti
tution to be given some training.
He, too, sometimes stole pennies and
sometimes stayed out in the out-of-doors
when mother thought . he
should be home and sometimes he,
too, told stories that were not true.
And so he was sent to an insti
tution to be trained. Well, he is in
another institution now. At Joliet