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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 23, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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latest note in fashion.
Thennodel at the right is the new
"Devonshire" cloth, much used now
for suits and top coats. The deep
cape is cut in one with the coat. The
belt is formed of three "tubes" or
ropes of the cloth stitched together
and finished, "with ornamental buckle.
The small muff is an effective con
trast to ,the big cape cqat
MAKE MARRIAGE AUTOMATIC ON BIRTH OF
CHILD, WOMEN'S PLAN TO LIFT ILLEGITIMACY
Women of the United States will
rote away the heaviest handicap so-
ciety has placed upon children the
stigma of illegitimacy!
In the 12 suffrage states plans are
being made to procure legislation to
remove the bar sinister from the
child born out of wedlock!
This proposed legislation will make
marriage automatic between parents
of children born out of statutory
wedlock. , '
Fronrthe moment of its birth, the
child, under the proposed law, will be
entitled to bear its father's name arid
legally to demand the support of its
father.
The National Council of Woman
Voters began this movement last fall
at its national convention in Chey
enne, Wyo.; arid in each suffrage
state where the legislature meets this
fall a bill to wipe illegitimacy from
the list of social handicaps will be
presented by woman voters.
To lead this agitation against -the
age-old "bar sinister" from the chil
dren of unmarried mothers, the Na
tional Council of Women Voters has
appointed Dr. LucyWaite of Chicago,
who 25 years ago became interested
in the nameless babes apd began to
work for their redemption.
Dr. Waite in each suffrage state
will appoint a chairman' to prepare
legislation along these lines.
Dr. Waite already has prepared a
bill which she will present to the leg
islature of Illinois this winter, provid
ing not only that when a man and
woman nbt nreviouslv ioined in wed
lock become the father and mother
of a child -they shall be deemed legal
ly married, but that should the fa
ther of the child be already married
the illegitimate child will be his heir-at-law
the same as his children born
in wedlock.
"We must lift this terrible handi
cap," says Dr. Waite. "We must
save the baby that's dropped in the
river, or left oh the doorstep, because
the unmarried mother knows the
world has no place for a nameless
baby!
"I believe this law will reduce ille
gitimacy 50 per cent m a yearl
"As to this law's being used by un
scrupulous women to4 collect black
mail, we have laws to protect people
from blackmail, and 'better one man
be blackmailed than thousands of
babies suffer social ostracism.' "

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