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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 18, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 2',
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says she sent the boy away because
he was very lonely. The child was
looked on with contempt by other
children because of his birth.
One month later, or, to be exact,
Aug. 14, 1912, Robert .Dunbar was
playing on the banks of" alligator-
ndaen Lake Swayze.
He failed to return in several
hours and his mother and. father be
Mrs. C. P. Dunbar, who now has
possession of the boy she and another
woman both claim.
gan a hunt. His cap was found
that was all! All night the search
kept up. The hunt was called off.
It was believed the child had been
drowned and the alligators devoured
A year after Bobbie disappeared,
several women in Columbia, Miss.,
notice an old cabin suddenly inhabit
ed. They see a boy playing in the
"The Dunbar boy!" the women
exclaim. The next day the Dunbars
get a letter urging them to come to
Columbia and see the lad.
The father and mother hurry jto
Columbia, and they arrive at mid
night. In an auto they drive sev
eral miles to the hut. By the flick
ering glare of an oil light, Mrs. Dun
bar stoops over a dirty-faced, sleep
ing boy in a pile of straw.
"It's my boy thank God!" she
The boy failed to show any. signs
of recognition of his mother. Walters,
declaring vehemently that the child
was not Robert Dunbar, but Bruce
Anderson of South Carolina, was
placed in jail. Julia Anderson, the
"other mother," was brought to Ope
lousas. The boy failed to recognize
her also. But she is positive that the
boy is her child.
It was just the other day that the.
Supreme Court of Mississippi de
cided Walters should be sent to
Louisiana for trial.
And now the battle of mothers is
ready! It promises to be the most
wonderful trial ever known in Amer
ica. The Dunbars said that one of their
main identifications is a scar on the
child's left foot.
"The burn was covered by new
smooth skin," said Mrs. Dunbar.
"See this child's left foot has that
The other mother has witnesses
from her home to prove her conten
tion that the child is her son, Bruce
If the boy is Bruce, where is Rob
If the boy is Robert Dunbar, where
is Bruce Anderson?
Can a mother whose 4-year-old
child has been away from her one
year so far forget the child's image
as to lay claim to another woman's
child as her own
It's for a modern Solomon to de
AS KING SOLOMON DECIDED A
Then said the king, The one saith,
This is my son that liveth, and the.