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THIS LITTLE YOUNGSTER KNEW THE ANSWER
TO ANOTHER TRIP TO PARENTAL SCHOOL
Joseph Bennes is only 13, but he
gave a decisive answer to a prob
lem to which 67 social workers did
not apparently know th'e-correct an
swer two days ago when Judge Mer
ritt W. Pinckney, judge of the juve
nile court, made an impassioned ap
peal for more institutions in which
to confine juvenile delinquents that
they might be made into good citi
zens, and excoriorated the taking
away of the John Worthy Institute
for Boys, the while the social work
ers nodded approval and applauded.
Joseph Bennes doesn't understand
sociology, nor the scientific manner
in which social workers decide what
is best for delinquents and for so
ciety. But Joseph knows what the so
cial workers don't know what it
means to be detained in an institu
tion in which he is to be "made a
And as a result of that knowledge,
Joseph is right in the shadow of
death today, for he sought death as
a preferable sneiter to tne institu
tion to which he feared he was to be
returned in order that he might be
made a good citizen.
In years Joseph is a baby, but he
has already spent six months in the
Chicago Parental school. That is
why his answer to the question of.
the efficacy of institutions is a good
Three months ago his father died
and Joseph wandered around the
streets with other children of his age,
trying to forget the ache of loneli
ness in his heart
Six weeks ago Miss Edna Harris,
a piano player in the Overland the
ater, 1158 W. 18th st, lost her purse.
Joseph and two other boys were
there and on Miss Harris' complaint
they were arrested.
Last night a policeman stopped at
the boy's home, 1703 S. Jefferson st.,
and left word that Joseph must aj?-lqf building.
pear before Judge Pinckney in the
juvenile court this morning.
Joseph said little, but afterward
his aunt remembered that he had
"Do you think they'll send me
away?" he asked slowly.
"I don't know what they will do
to you, but you've been sent away
before, so they may," was the
Joseph left the room and went into
the bathroom and closed the door.
He had two pictures. One was of
a parental home in which boys are
made into "good citizens." The other
was of his father, who 'died three
On the shelf in the bathroom there
were two bottles he thought con
tained poison. There was a skull and
bones on one of the bottles, but there
were two pictures that Joseph was
He pulled the stopper out of the
bottle of muriatic acid and drank,
and, even as he suffered the burning
torture, he pulled the cork from
the second bottle, peroxide, and
drank of that
They found him unconscious on
the bathroom floor and he was re
vived Jn an ambulance. He looked
"I don't want to go to the Parental
school," he said, with difficulty. "I
was there six months last year and
I don't want to go back." Then he
twisted his boy mouth into a smile.
"I want to be with my father," he
said. "He's dead."
He may not recover.
John R. Thompson, .restaurant
owner millionaire, reported to have
bought block of baseball stock in the
Cubs from Chas. Weeghman.
Jos. Lopp, mentioned yesterday an
janitor of building, 5435 Cornell, in
which he was asphyxiated, was owner