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Marguerite's .case. She la as pure
las the driven snow, and so am L
Neither of us ever loved another.
With each of us it was our VERY'
FIRST LOVE and it has been our
ONLY love. Why, if I were not the
responsible person in this case, do you
think I would stay in New York and
plead to MARRY Marguerite? That
fact alone should put an end to all
"I know I am pretty young, not
quite 20, and that Marguerite Is not
15 yet, but we are both FULL
GROWN and know our own minds.
Just wait till I show you a picture of
- Jacobson's face grew pink and was
wreathed in proud smiles as he took
a bill-folder from his inside coat
pocket and brought forth two little
snapshots of a very pretty young
"That's her!" he said. "Isn't she
the most beautiful girl you ever
Then Samuel looked into another
compartment of the purse for a third1
picture "even a prettier one," he
And a lock of chestnut hair tum
bled out on the floor! Jacobson ex
plained that it was her's.
"The hardest part of this whole
thing' said Jacobson, "is that I can
no longer get a job, thanks to the
notoriety the CHARITY people have
given this affair. Wherever I go to
get a job at my trade that of a jew
eler they say, 'Oh, you are the bad
boy who betrayed that little Murtha
girl, aren't you?' And than I go
away 'with another failure to my
i .Under Judge Goff's original deci
sion 20-year-old Jacobson paid no
penalty at all for the crime in which
he was necessarily the instigator and
aggressor. His little girl-sweetheart,
who is to become a mother in Jess
than five "weeks, was sentenced to
prison and FORBIDDEN to marry
he father of her unborn child!
The judge forbade the marriage
on the ground that Jaltf&eon has no
regular occupation anpVcannot sup
port a wife and baby. The S. P. G.
which urged this step upon 'him, de
clared that the interests bf Marguer
ite Murtha would be better served if
she were not permitted to marry the
father of her child.
They urged that, during her seven
years' incarceration, she could learn
a trade by which she could support
her baby herself, and that social os
tracism of the unwfd mother is dying
The flaw in Judge GofFs argument
and in the advanced view of the pros
ecuting society is that it considers
the case from the aspect of Samuel
Jacobson and Marguerite Murtha in
stead of from that of the l Unborn
Baby, who would be made a lifelong
victim of their indiscretion.
That baby has a right to be born
under the best possible conditions.
With poor parents it will carry a suffi
cient handicap without the additional
hurden of ILLEGITIMACY!
Marguerite Murtha ceased to be
merely Marguerita Murtha when she
became the mother of Samuel Jacob
son's unborn child.
That baby has the right to its fa
ther's name because the majority of
other babies are named after their
fathers, according to what will re
main a convenient tribal custom for
a long time to come.
For taking the father's name is just
a convenient custom, like finger
bowls after dinner. But so long as It
remains a custom every child has a
right to it
Henry Brassfield, negro, 2617 S.
Wabash av., policeman Desplaines st.
station, suspended fo ralleged drunk
enness. Five suspects arrested after run
ning revolver battle in front of Coun
ty hospital. Try identiQcation as rob
bers. Fire in flat building next to Hamii
ton School, N. Paulina and Cornelia,
drove children into streets.