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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 31, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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DRAMATIC NOTE OF PATHOS IN
-DIVORCE REPORT
Through the cold, hard statistics
prepared by Patrick J. J Carthey,
Cook county s first divorce statis
tician, there runs andrainatic note of
pathos.
McCarthey has reduced the trag
edy of broken homes, of dependent
and neglected children, of poverty
and sorrow, to mere figures. But
through the figures looms the grim
figure of failure m life.
McCarthey's first report shows
only the record of the Circuit Court
for 1912, but it is truly alarming.
It contains the following facts,:
Decrees in divorce, separate
maintenance . and annul
ments 2,082
Suits filed 2,792
Decrese to women plaintiffs.. 1,515
Defaults 1,644
Cases dismissed : 522
Petition for the care of chil
dren in dependency, delin
quent, truant, and pension
matters filed since 1899 50,858
Children brought into, court as
the direct result of drunken
ness and desertion since
1899 33,750
Of these, the children of di
vorced parents number 13,500
Children of drunken fathers. .11,250
Deserted 9,000
"From Mr. McCarthey's report on
the Circuit Court," said Judge Adelor
J. Petit, "I believe that when the Su
preme Court report is iosued it will
be established that there are about
5.0Q0 divorces granted each year.
"The increasing number of chil
dren thrown upon the mercies of the
Juvenile Court through divorces
alarms me. To ascertain what per
centage of children were in the
Juvenile Court as a direct result of
divorce proceedings twenty cases
were selected at random.
"The last school census shows Chi
cago has 620,233 children under 14
years and 309,971 under 6 years of
age. A comparison with the num-J
bers brought into court shows the
seriousness of the divorce situation
and where we are drifting.
"No divorce should be granted to
any person who has a minor child
until that child shall have arrived at
his majority or been provided for to
the satisfaction of the chancellor be
fore whom the case is pending.
"There should be no specific
grounds for divorce, but each case
should stand on its own merits. The
court of equity should have but one
purpose that of determining what is
best for the interest of society in each
case:"-.
THE BEST TIME
. By H. M. Cochran.
When your eyes are sort of dropsy
And your arms feel sort of flopsy
And the thought of bedtime sounds
so awful sweej;
When it takes a lot of pleading
With yourself to keep a readin',
Why then's the best old time to hit
the sheet "r
When your bones feel sort of shakey
And your head is sort of achey
And with any kind of thinkm you
can't meet:
When your ear drums sort of jingle
And your toes and fingers tingle,
Why then thes the best old time to
hit the sheet.
When you've been on quite a party
And you've drunk and eaten "hearty
And where you live you don t just
know the street;
Why you just can't find the gateway
And your path is not quite straight
way,
Why then's the best old time to hit
the sheet.
b o
SHE KNEW
"If there were four flies on a table.
and I killed one, how many would be
left?" inquired the teacher.
"One," answered the bright httw
girl "the dead one." .

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