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YOUNG GIRL, SENTENCED FOR BEING MOTHER,
WEDS FATHER OF CHILD
because Samuel Jacobson, the 20-year-old
youth who betrayed her, was
not, in the eyes of the court, a fit
husband. The law has barred the girh
from the company and consolation of
her mother and sisters in a maternity1
hospital. She is to become a mother
in April. Intercession of club women
secured the girl's parole to them. A
storm of protest swept the country
when it was realized that even this
did not open the -way to marriage.
The move of Judge Goff was the re
sult. All along Jacobsen has cried
aloud for an opportunity to right the
wrong he has done. His statement
"I love Marguerite and she loves
me. All I ask is that the people of
America let me make a home for her
and our dear little baby that is com
ing to us soon."
Twenty-year-old Samuel Jacobson.
with the bloom of fresh, clean youth
on his face and looking straight at me
with clear, blue eyes, said the words.
His tone was manliness itself, and
every syllable he uttered rang true.
"Judge Goff says I am shiftless and
irresponsible and that I am not fit
to be a husband and father!" said
Samuel, his shoulders stiffening, "but
that doesn't change the facts, does it
You see I AM already a father and
a husband, too, in the eyes of heaven
and I believed all along it was up
to earthly courts to sanction those,
relations. Now they have practically
"Where is my place at this moment
by all true tests? x
"Isn't it beside Marguerite, and
hasn't it been all this while? And
yet the charitable Brooklyn Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Chil-
dren has seen to it that the courts
have kept her away from all these
who love her at the time when a girl
most needs them in the months be
fore her first little baby is born!
"And there is no reason, for this in;
New York, Feb. 16. Marguerite
Murtha and Samuel Jacobson, chief
actors in a drama winch has stirred
up the whole country for weeks, are
now man and wife The ceremony
was performed at the home of Mrs.
John R. Gregg, 50 W. 85th sL
Their marriage was made possible
when Justice Goff of the state su
preme court appointed guardians for
Jacobson, thus giving legal 'sanction
to the union.
This means that the unborn child
of Marguerite Murtha, last week ap
parently doomed to receive birth in a
penal institution, will have a name.
It means that the child wall live
with its parents in their own home
instead of being "farmed out" accord
ing to law while the mother learns a
trade in prison!'
Club women of the city who, with
the aid of newspapers (of which The
Day Book was one) consider Justice
Goff's action as a victory in the cam
paign for an equal standard of morals
and to this end have formed a per
manent committee to carry on the
work beyond the Murtha case.
In Judge Mayo's court, prosecuted
by the Brooklyn Society for the Pre
vention of Cruelty to Children, Jacob
son was declared incompetent to sup
port his child and the girl he had
wronged. Justice Goff sustained the
senteiice- by which the Murtha girl
was deprived of matrimony and head
ed for a penal institution.
Jacobson has protested all along
that he wanted to marry Marguerite
and signed a statement to that effect
In appointing guardians Justice
Goff did so because of scruples of
Jacobson's parents, who refused to
permit their son to marry because of
a difference in religion.
(Fourteen year old Marguerite
Murtha of Brooklyn was sentenced
by Justice Goff to serve seven years
(until she is 21.) in a penal institution,
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