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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 18, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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SAYS WOMEN WOULD RECALL MAN-MADE LAW
THAT TAGS AN INNOCENT CHILD "BASTARD"
Dear Day Book: Please permit me
to tell your correspondent of Thurs
day, Rudolph Bismark von Leibich,
that Dr. Dickinson not only heartily
agrees with him when he says that
"the social creed is heartless that vis
its the sins of parents on unoffending
babes," but that she is strong in the
belief that the annulment of the
adoption papers by Judge Owens in
the case of the baby of Vida Hagen
is another evidence of the heartless
ness of that creed.
Mr. Von Leibich asks in your Day
Book of Thursday, "Why do so many
mothers abandon their babes to so
called charitable institutions?" Per
mit me to ask him why so many fath
ers abandon not only their offspring,
but the mothers, too?
Then he asks, "Is our opinion of
mothers' love so low that we can be
lieve thousands of them incapable of
loving their own offspring." I should
answer emphatically NO! Mother
love nests nine months and nurses
nine months, while father love is mo
mentary only and then he goes "scott
free." Father love is cowardly and
contemptible enough to make it im
possible for mother love to nest and
nurse his offspring in these thou
sands of cases he wilfully deserts.
Which parent then is the more
heartless? Who put the "social
creed" upon the law books? Certain
ly not woman, because -she cannot
vote and be a member of the law
making bodies called legislatures.
Man values property more than his
child, or why has he tagged the word
"bastard" to his child in the law
books?
Mr. Von Leibich calls our civiliza
tion brutal, cruel, prudish and hypo
critical, in calling itself Christian and
forgetting, as he says in your Day
Book, "the word of the Master whom
it pretends to serve, and who said
that little children were ALL 'of the
Kingdom of Heaven,"' He did not
say, "Suffer little legitimate children
to come unto me."
Permit me to ask Mr. Von Leibich
who is the hypocrite, the man who
makes the laws on week days and ,
goes to church on Sundays, or the
woman who can only go to church
on Sundays and has no opportunity
to make the laws on week days?
Who only has the opportunity to
register a kick at the ballot box and
does "not do it, and has not done it i
for a century or more? !
Mr. Von Leibich says of Mother-,
hood, "According to God all mother-1
hood is sacred. According to Nature, t
Motherhood cannot be a 'sin.' " But,
what of it, I would ask him. The,,
same can be said of Fatherhood, but,
what of it? Mr. Leibich's answer is
"then is it not time we ceased using i
such words as illegitimate, nameless
and bastard?" Most assuredly, I
would say, and are not women wait-,
ing altogether too patiently for the
opportunity to register effectually at
the ballot box the recall of such
words in man-made laws which tag,
the innocent child "bastard"? Does,
Mr. Von Leibich object to Mrs. Pank
hurst's evidence of impatience? Willi
Mr. Von Leibich tell us women howi
we can get rid of these objectionable j
words without the opportunity toj
vote and make and unmake the
laws? Dr. Frances Dickinson. 5
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