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WHOSE BABY AM I? TWO DADDIES CLAIMED
MARY ELIZABETH JUDGE HAD TO DECIDE
BY NIXOLA GREELEY-SMITH
This is Mary Elizabeth, a little New
York girl who had two daddies. And
she didn't know which was which.
Neither did the daddies know, so
they asked a Brooklyn Solomon to
decide between them. And the Solo
mon, deciding between two fathers,
diclnot cut the child in two, as some
modem judges might have done, by
awarding her for six months to John
Webber and the other six months to
John H. Phelan the two men who
claimed paternity of little Mary Eliza
beth. "Your Honor," said John Phelan,1
who" tried to get the little girl away
from her official daddy, John-Web
ber, "I lived with Elizabeth Dressier,
the child's mother, for some time be
fore the baby wag born. She was'
born in my mother's home. Later
Miss Dressier deserted me and mar
ried John Webber. But I have a
birth certificate showing that the lit
tle girl was baptized Mary Elizabeth
Phelan.' Until last September, when
her mother died, I contributed to
Mary Elizabeth's support. She Is my"
own flesh and bloed. I love her and'
I want her. She is MINE."
The wise court, however,- decided"
that the little girl belonged to ther
man who had married her mother. '
"If you are this child's father why
didn't you marry hermother and cai$-