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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 14, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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salaried juvenile court officers and
professional "reformers.
But Stelk is ignoring these highly
paid home wreckers. He's dealing
out the kind of justice idealists have
looked forward to; justice tha't goes
beyond musty law books and is based
"on knowledge of human weaknesses
ana aesires.
Stelk has studied the harm done
by professional social workers who
blundef along trying to regulate hu
man lives by the cold, harsh theories
of the social training schools. One
such case is now pending before him.
Mrs. Caroline Puzian had her hus
band) up before Judge Stelk. Hubby
had proven a yellow bird and flown
away to leave his wife and three
children, 5 years, 4 years and 9
months, respectively, at the mercy
of a, landlord who finally just as cold
weather descended on us threw the
little family out into the street
The little mother fdund herself and
children at the beginning of winter
witn no sneiter. jueanwnue nusDana
was keeping far away, content with
Ms beer.
Then" came one Prank Payza, an
old family friend. Payza knew of the
struggles of the woman. He himself
was a bachelor, tired of rooming
houses and restaurant eating. He
proposed that he provide shelter and
food for the family with the under
standing that he was to board tliere.
This was done.
For the first time since the children
came Mrs. Puzian knew content and
the Comfort of a homeland enough
to eat. Payza was found of the chil
dren. He brought home his entire
pay. He clothed, fed and housed
Puzian's children and Puzian's wife.
But the shadow of Professional
Social Service Reform cast its
shadow, over the home. Katherine
Moore, juvenile probation officer, out
scouting for new victims to exploit,
heard of the queer littlegroup. She
decided immediately it wasn't moral
or proper for Payza to board, with
Mrs. Puzian without the erring Pu
zian being present.
So she took her interference to ther
domestic relations court, to,whicn
Puzian had been -dragged when the
police finally found him. She testi
fied against Mrs. Puzian and an
nounced that she would secure war
rants against Mrs. Puzian for "kv
ing with Payza.". .
Something about the helplessness
of Mrs. Puzian before the attack
made on her by the social worker
interested Judged Stelk. He probed
depp enough to uncover the real
facts. Then he looked long and
steadily at Katherine Moore.
"There's a play in town you should
see, Miss Moore," he said finally.
"The name of it is 'Intolerance.' A
good title for a good play. It would
'do you a great deal of good. It shows
the methods of professional social
workers arid reformers. It reveals
how you people do damage to the
lives of others by your -inexperience,
your interference arid "your intoler-'
ance.
"This man Payza has shown more
real Christian charity In the few
weeks he has cared for this woman
and her children than you and all of
your organized armies of social
workers, charity workers and re
formers have shown in your entire
existence.,
"And you as the representative of
organized charity and reform come
into this court and air your suspi
cions of this man's motives: I don't
know what his motives were. Nei
ther do 'you. But I do know the
motive of the professional social
workers. It is to fatten their record
and eventually their pocketbooks by
the number of convictions they can
I show at the end of each year.
"Your entire system Is wrong. So
cial workers and reformers are made
up. of sweet young-girl graduates of
social training schools, inexperienced
and with nothing but theories con
cerning problems of life and human
ity. And if you are, not young girla i

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