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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 29, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 5

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"BABY FARM" PRINCIPALS HELD
TO THE GRAND JURY
Mrs. Jessie Rudine, 6529 Kimbark
avenue, and Miss Mary Mortell, 2723
S. Racine avenue, whose children
were found in the "baby farm" at
6X08 Blackstone avenue, were found
guilty of child abandonment and held
to the grand jury.
The evidence was extremely grew
some yesterday. Mrs. Rudine testified
that the baby was taken from her by
Dr. Thopias J. Balhatchett and that
he took it upstairs in a shoe box.
Mrs. Annie Mills, keeper of the
house, testified that Dr. Balhatchett
brought the box with the baby inside
to her and asked her to put it some
where until morning "when the baby
would be dead."
Miss Mortell, who is the adopted
daughter of George Patterson of Au
rora, gave birth to her child in March,
1913. She said she had paid Mrs.
MiHs $150 for the support of the child.
"Who was the father of the child?"
asked Ass't State's Attorney Eugene
C. O'Reilly.
"Some teamster. He drugged me.
I haven't seen him since," she answered.
FIRST DAY BOOK CLUB MEETS
DECORATION DAY
Editor Day Book: The first Day
Book Club in the United States is to
have Its christening Decoration Day,
May 30, 1914, in the back garden of
one of the Wllmette members. At a
call meeting of our club today a ten
tative name was chosen, viz: First
Day Book Club, Wflmette. The an
nouncement in The Day Book of tur
club's awakening to the necessity of
newspaper investigation has caused
many inquiries to be directed to our
club from those seeking membership.
However, no new members will be
admitted until the christening. All of
the present members will be enrolled
as charter members. It is the. wish
of our club to enroll Otto McFeely of
Oak Park, N. D. Cochran, Henry Neil
and one or two more as full-fledged
charter members. They are invited to
the christening.
At today's meeting our club gave
Editor Cochran a vote of thanks for
his explanation of the newspaper
game, especially the editorial in The
Day Book of May 22. It was the opin
ion of all members present that a
good definition of the world "DE
STRUCTIVE" should be given in an
early issue.
In the opinion of our club the
quack press is pretty nearly all de
structive, and the Tribune, Record
Herald, Examiner, News, etc., all run
pretty much to quack. That all this
Babb ballad so called expose and
safety first in investment bunk is, as
here hinted, pure daylight bunk, and
for these newspapers to print such
stuff is an insult to the intelligence
of ven the "sheltered life" class, of
which we have a goodly number
along this north shore.
Our club thinks that all Safety
First plans should start with the reforming-newspaper
press itself. Let
'em clean house themselves. Our club
wants their classified columns clean
ed of 85 'per cent of the fake ads.
These ads are not all "blind," and,
won't the Tribune tell us please about
the page ads it took just a few years
ago from the N. Y.-Chicago Electric
Lines.
Our club has dedicated itself to
bringing some of these sheltered life
people out of their shelters, shelter
being a poor substitute for knowl
edge. But the club will do no preach
ing, no proselyting and no hammer
ing. The Philistines may remain in
their tents if they want to. There
will be no pushing, except a little
pencil pushing now and then. The
exact meeting place of the club will
never be given. Sometimes it will
meet in Wllmette, sometimes in Aus
tin or Oak Park, sometimes in A. B.
Farwell's bailiwick. A. B. can come
if he wants to. The lowest will not
be kicked out, and the highest won't
get a reserved seat. As stated, the
J christening on Decoration Day wifl
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