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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 31, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 9

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LETTERS TO EDITOR
ON "WHY HAVE BABIES"
Editor Day Book When I read the
article in, the issue of Dec, 24, under
the heading of "Why Have Babies"
I was amazed at the temerity of the
two young women who said to Mrs.
Goodman that she should not have a
baby. Their knowledge in those af
fairs 13 such that they will be brand
ed by the average man as undesirable
associates for pure-minded women.
Their boldness would lead one to be
lieve that their experience in' the
world of such matters was not an
acquisition to be desired in future
wives.
The Goodman children are legiti
mate. They are neither diseased nor
deformed. They are bright, win
some children. Given a chance to go
to school and be reared by their fa
ther and mother they will make
splendid citizens. It is interesting
to know why some of our would-be
reformers take such an interest in
this sort of thing. The Pine Ridge
Home, the home at 51st and Indiana
av. and several others I could men
tion are peopled with young girls who
are illegitimate. The fathers of
these children are not such men as
Mr. Goodman and others of his type,
but in many cases the children are
the sons and daughters of well-to-do
men. In several cases they are chil
dren in a home where the mothers
were servant girls with very little
knowledge of the customs of our
country, but whose fathers know
that these inexperienced, unprotect
ed, self-supporting young women
know nothing of our customs and
therefore are a prey tor thetype of
men mentioned.
There are not in the Goodman
family nor in the Garrett family lit
tle ones who have no claim, to father
hood." In one institution there are
two little girls by a father and son
who are millionaires. These men
are not prosecuted nor persecuted,
nor are they sent to the Bridewell
for nonsupport. But the poor un
fortunate must remain a prisoner in
these homes until such time as she
is able to go from the institution and
earn a living for herself and child.
In many cases the. children are
taken from them and farmed out,
but after years of trial" and struggle
these young mothers yearn for their
children and there is hardly a day
passed but we see in our newspapers
requests to find the children aid
.have them returned to their own
mother.
Mother love is always the same,
whether the child be legitimate or il
legitimate. Because in thos.e periods
when the girl is being sought after
by the man he professes an undying
love for her and creates in a mind of
this woman a desire for an offspring
whose father is so solicitous for her
welfare, never dreaming that the
time will come when this father will
neither recognize her nor her child.
The article by Mr. John Marshall
is very interesting and I feel sure
has awakened in the mind of some
of our readers a better idea of mar
ried life than that suggested by the
two young women who were not will
ing that Mrs. Goodman should ex
press her desires in the wellbeing of
her family. Mrs. G. H. Heitman,
Harmonia Hotel, Indiana Av. and
30th St
CONCERNING EATING
Editor Day Book In trying to keep
always a little hungry our appetites
will become surer guides to what
should be eaten, so that in time one's
taste will develop for the simpler and
more substantial foods.
Bolting is really the "original sin."
It is a mental fault that comes from
the more or less subconscious idea
that the time spent in eating is of less
importance than "something else in
mind.
To make a duty of eating is to
make a pleasure of living. A feeling
of duty will always accompany the
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