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SHOULD A MOTHER BE PUNISHED FOR HER
Portland, Ore., June 14. Has a I ous crime, punishable by fine and
mother done her full duty by praying imprisonment
each night for the safety "of- her
daughter, but at the same time neg
lecting to keep the girl at home, to
guard her carefully from things
harmful and to warn her against the
pitfalls and temptations of life?
Should she be considered guilty of
contributing to her girl's delinquency
Deputy Dis't Att'y Onarles Robison.
if she ended her parental duties with
the mere praying? Should she be
myle legally liable for her failure to
keep tab on the doings of her girl
or her children even though she be
lieved that faithful prayer was suffi
cient for their protection?
A Portland jury has decided that
she should. One mother was recent
ly convicted here of contributing to
t he delinquency of her minor girl for
just such reasons. Contributing to
the delinquency of a child is a seri-
It s a new law. Or, better, It s a
new use for an old law.
It touches every fond father and
doting mother, and every home
where' children are spoiled and dis
cipline is lax.
The mother in this Pdrtland case
is Mrs. William Hodge.
The "delinquent" child is Frances,-,
a pretty, blonde, prematurely devel
oped girl of 15.
When the delinquency of Frances
was brought to the attention of De
puty District Attorney Charles Rob
ison, and he announced his intention
to proceed against the mother, other
lawyers were interested; but they
"No grand jury will indict the
mother," they said.
But the grand jury did indict the
"No jury will ever convict on such
grounds," the lawyers said.
But the jury did convict Mrs. '
Under the newest application of
an old law, it is not necessary for the
mother to be hecself wicked or im
moral to be found guilty of contrib
uting by example to her child's delin
quency. It is not necessary that she in
struct her daughter in wickedness.
"Contributing to delinquency" may
now be a crime of omission.
That is why the conviction of Mrs.
L Hodge is so important to society and
You, who are a law-abiding and
eminently respectable person do
you KNOW where your son was last
night? Do you KNOW what your
daughter was doing last evening?
If they were getting into mischief,
look out!- The law holds you to a
strict accountability. If your child
breaks the law, the law may send
YOU to jaiL