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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,
diel not cut the child in two, as some
modern 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. 'TTour Honor," said John Phelan, :
whd 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 was 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 Mood. I lbve her and'
I want her. She is MINE."
The wise court, however, decided
that the little girl belonged to the
man who had married her mother.
"If you are this child's father why
didn't you marry hermother and care-.