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we not told that the very fact that
motherhood is the exclusive and God
given right of a woman makes this
And do we eves reply that father
hood is the exclusiveand God-given
right of man, and .therefore the same
law should apply to him? OK, no, we
never do, because we are afraid.
Jt is my belief that every child
comes into the world with the same
clean, pureoul. And that soul is wax
upon which life makes its impres
sions. Even with children born ih wed
lock, we differentiate according to
the social status of the parents, but
we are fiendishly cruel to the little
helpless baby that we have decreed
must he ostracized because its par
ents did not comply with our laws
and go through the ceremony ofmar
riage before the little' one came into
The very name that we apply to
illegitimate children, a' name I al
ways shrink from using, "bastards,"
shows wtiat cowards we arer We do
not brands a man a -thief unless we
can prove that he stole; we dare not
brand a man a murderer "unless we
can prove that he killed; we dare not
calTa man a liar unless we can show
conclusively that he lied.
But we do place upon an innocent
child that is guilty of no crime a
name so filled with society's con
tempt that we blush when-we use it.
Mj critics may say that it is ne
cessary to punish women who bring
children into the world without
marriage else we would have no
morality at all. But I answer that
our punishment is as foolish as the
man who locks the stable door after
the horse is stolen.
Our punishment of immorality
has not decreased it We can only
prevent immorality by making a sin
gle standard of morality and then
teaching the boys that fatherhood
is just as sacred as motherhood, and
not by putting women who sin on
the yiHory of condemnation and tak
ing the men who sin with them into1
pur hearts and homes on the ground
that since they do not bring children
into the wofciSeven though children
could nope brought Here without
fatherhood, their sin is to he con
doned. But even my critics will not be
able to explain why we make the in-
nocent children suffer after we have
punished the unwedded mother and
forgiven the father.
'It is terribly unfair. More, it is
cowardly, but we are the cowards "
who are responsible! for it, and the
condition will continue to exist until
we conquer our cowardice and dare
to unite our voices in protest '
o o i,
MELLEN'S FOOD FOR INFANTS
Editqr Day Book: Please add to
your (to me) priceless columns a few .
paragraphs daily from us readers in '
the way of constructive criticism of
the "other" press of Chicago. The "
Day Book stands alone. The "other"
consists of The Record-Herald, The
Tribune, The Examiner, The News,
The American, The Journal and The
Post Here is my thought today: '
Notice how Mr M. Annenberg is
falling down as editor-in-chief and
high-cock-a-lorum of The Tribune's
first page. The Tribune's fist page
this a. m. was a scream as a circula
tion getter, but Jim Keeley in his
Record-Heraldput it all over Maxey.'
That Mellen story of Keeley's was'a
peach. It was there for the Trib. "But
the Trib could not see it The Trib
had the Mellen interview bllried. in
the last two lines of the dispatch from ,
Washington and the Trib printed the
story on page 10. '
It looks as if Mr. Keeleyiiad come
into his own kingdom. Of course, the
story is more or less rot and only fit
for infants. But most of the rea'ders
of the "other" press are infants and
need this kind of Melleh's food.
The Tribune will have fo bk cSiit .
or it will lose its position as Chicags
most successful buccaneer. T
May 15. Alfred Gordani j