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DESERTED MOTHERS FORCED
TO GIVE UP CHILDREN
By Judge Henry Neil
One hundred and sixty-seven chil
dren were taken away from their de
serted mothers and sent to institu
tions last year by the juvenile court
of Chicago. This is the official re
port of Joel D. Hunter, chief proba
tion officer of this court.
These children were taken away
from their mothers an the theory
that depriving deserted mothers of
the care and companionship of their
children would prevent other men
from deserting their .children. -
The original mothers' pension law
of 1911 pensioned these deserted
mothers, but certain interests
changed the law in 1913, depriving
them of pensions.
The circuit court of Cook county,
Chicago, will decide within a few
daysthe question of whether it is
constitutional to pay tax funds to the
commonly called sectarian institu
tions to which some of these children
It cost three times as much to keep
these children in the institutions as
it would to keep then with their
own mothers by the mothers' pen
A very complicated situation is
here presented. If the court decides
that these commonly called sectarian
institutions cannot be paid money
out of tax funds, will the institutions
send these children back to their
mothers and give up this plan of tak
ing children away from deserted
mothers, or will they solicjt private
funds to keep these children away
from their mothers. This is the ques
tion that is interesting many officials
in Cook county.
There are now 740 mothers and
about 3,000 children on the mothers'
pension payroll in Cook county. In
each of these cases the mother was
able to prove that the father was
either dead or incapacitated for
CABARET SINGER ENTERTAINS
Rev. John P. Brushingham, pal of
Mayor Thompson, sec'y of morals
commission, spiritual director of the
Thompson-Lundiri clan and incident
ally pastor of the South Park Av.
M. E. church, gave the flock at the
latter church a new kind of a treat
yesterday. From Colosimo's redlight
cafe he dug up "Babe" Winter, the
one singer ar Jim's place that can be
heard above the din of the jaz band.
Miss Winter achieved quite a per
sonal success. With an organist in
stead of a tin-pan pianist as accom
panist, she sang from ''Madam But
terfly," "The Song of My Soul" and
"One Pine Day." (
Note from Jim's press agent: Miss
Winter, a pupil of Daddi, Spadoni
and Tita Ruffo, sings every evening
at Colosimo's cafe. Members of the
South Park M. E. church invited.
The famous and original New Or
leans Jaz and Jug band in the latest
17-INCH SNOW PARALYZES THE
NORTHWEST TRAINS STOP
St Paul, Minn., Jan. 22. Blizzard,
breaking all records forO years, yes
terday held northwest in its grip.
Minneapolis and St. Paul reportea
heaviest falltof snow with 17 inches.
Temperature today 15 below zero.
Trains and street car traffic was pa
ralyzed Sunday. The majority of
trains scheduled out of St. Paul Sun
day were annulled.
A milk shortage is imminent in
the Twin Cities.
Red Wing, Minn., reports fall of
15 inches of snow. City is com
pletely cut off from rail communica
tion, with only a limited supply of
coal on hand and severe cold weath
Jas. Tomasello, 447 N. Green, shot
probably fatally when he went up
stairs to tell Jack Mocia he was
making too much noise.' No arrests
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