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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 18, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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DEFORMED BABY DIES WHEN
DOCTOR REFUSES TO OPERATE
The baby of Mr. and Mrs. Allen
Bollinger is dead. It died at German
American hospital last night after its
parents and Dr. H. J. Haiselden had
voted it should parish because it was
imperfect. "
The baby -was a victim of science.
Some say it was murdered; some say
its death was just and humane.
Science through the surgeon said the
body was deformed and the mind af
fected; that if the child lived it would
probably be an imbecile, always in
misery and a misery to all.
The child lived nearly a week in
spite of the decree of death rendered
against it at birth. When in the
throes of death the child took a mor
tifying fling at science. It had been
pronounced dead and Dr. H. G. W.
Reinhardt, coroner's psysician, was
called to perform an autopsy. When
the body was laid on the operating
slab and its covers unwrapped it was
found kicking and gurgling, very
much alive. It died shortly after. Dr.
Reinhardt after the autopsy said the
child would have been defective of
mind had it lived.
Miss Catherine J. V. Walsh, parish
ioner of St Ann de Brighton's Cath
olic church, christened the child a
few hours before it died. She insist
ed it was wrong to send the baby out
of life without even the right of bap
tism. She insisted on staying near
the child after she had performed the
sacrament and attendants say she
later admitted that with a chance
she would have kidnapped the baby
and taken it to a doctor who was all
ready to perform the operation ne
cessary to save its life.
Only a simple operation was neces
sary Dr. Haiselden admits. Dr. John
Dill Robertson, commissioner of
health, did not learn of the affair til
he read of it in the papers yesterday.
Then, he called at the hospital to
fprce Dr. Haiselden to make the op
eration, Tiut saw it was too late to
benefit the child
"I think it the doctor's business to
save life," said Dr. Robertson. "It is
not his duty to say who shall live and
who shall die. Dr. Haiselden's act
may have been right in this instance,
but it is setting a bad precedent, for
physicians not so learned as he will
take it upon themselves to be judges
as to whether a new-born babe shall
live or b3 made to perish."'
An inquest will be held over the
body.
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MUNICIPAL WOOD YARD NOT
DOING MUCH BUSINESS
The municipal wood yard just
started at N. Desplaines and Fulton
sts. is not doing a rushing business.
Though the past three nights have
been cold a total of but 10 have gone
to work in the woodyard to eke out
their suppor and night's lodging.
Mrs. Louise Osborne Rowe, head of
the department of public welfare,
feels very much hurt. She laid plans
for entertaining hundreds of guests
each night, she sent out her invita
tions, but the guests did not come to
the party.
The reason down and outs com
plain is that Mrs. Rowe's plant wants
a dollar's worth of work for a 5-cent
bed and two jitney meals, when a
hobo can get better feed and quarters
with two-bits earned at a half-hour's
work raking up leaves or splitting
kindling and still have a jit or two
left over.
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VILLA AND CARRANZA PREPARE
FOR CRUCIAL BATTLE
Naco, Ariz., Nov. 18. Carranza.
and Villa forces, each about 7,000
strong, with all branches of troops
represented, were deploying their
skirmishers across the border in
Mexico today as preliminaries to the
battle that may decide the rulership
of Northeastern Sonora. Because of
Carranza's advantage in big guns, it
was Villa's intention to await the
first move from the first chief's
troops.
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