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NOBODY LOVES OR WANTS A GOOD MANY OF
THE CHILDREN IN THE WORLD
By Jane Whitaker
What a lot of children there are in
the world that nobody loves and no
If you go into the-county court on
the day when dependent cases are
tried your heart will sicken at the
repetition of cases, so very similar,
where adults haggle about having
to support little ones and often
the little ones look on with wide
eyed wonder, feeling in their little
minds and hearts that somewhere
there is a big injustice and placing it
perhaps at the very gate of life that
sent them here, unwelcome, and gave
them no chance to escape.
A grandfather has been ordered to
pay for the support of the baby girl
of his son who has run away, leaving
the mother dependent
He pays for a little while and in the
meantime the mother 'of the child
marries. She does not herself con
tribute to the support of her child.
She places it with her mother and
depends on the paternal grandparent
to pay the maternal grandmother.
The grandfather decides that the
second husband of the child's mother
should support the child and he takes
the matter back into court and asks
to be relieved of any further burden
or if he is not relieved, to be given
custody of the child, so that he may
keep it on less than the $2 a week he
has been ordered to pay by the court.
You leave the county court with
a great pity in your heart for. the un
wanted baby girl and you go into the
court of domestic relations.
Here there is a squabble about the
support of three children. The fa
ther says he will not support them
while they are in the custody of the
mother. The mother says she will
keep them with her. The father
makes charges against her character
and Judge Sabath orders an investi- I
gation. The case is continued and I
the mother leaves the courtroom with j
the man with whom her husband has
charged she is intimate.
Shortly she returns. Whether she
dreads investigation or whether it is
merely that she doesn't care, she says
she is satisfied to give her three chil
dren to the father and, this settled,
she once more leaves the court hold
ing the arm of the man for whom she
gave up the care and guidance of the
babies she brought into the world.
You leave there with some of your
ideal of motherhood shattered and
you go into the juvenile court,
and here, in the court of tears, chil
dren's tears, you loiter but a little
while, for your heart will not stand
the pain of erring baby things cling
ing to their parents, not realizing that
their parents have decided to let the
state take the burden of the chil
You go Into the boys' court Two
lads, one 16 and one 17, have been
arrested for breaking into a barn.
They say they went there to sleep.
The one of 17 has the expression of
a man who knows life. There is not
a lingering trace of boyhood. The
world has grappled with him and he
has grappled with the world and he
hasn't much respect or love for it
"I came here from Kansas City,"
he says. "I was hunting a job. I
met this fellow. He told me we would
sleep in the barn. I haven't any
money, ain't had for three days."
"Where are your parents?" Judge
"Haven't any," laconically. "Me
mother died when I was two and me
father five years ago."
"Haven't you any sisters or broth
ers, or somebody to look after you?"
"Nope!" He is surprised that it
matters anyway. He is used to look
ing out for himself. If they lock him
up? Well, nobody cares and he
doesn't care, either. He won't ask
"Discharged," says the judge. "We
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