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sands of applicaf ions forlpensions
are being "investigated. The
mothers' pension has its dangers
as well as its good qualities, as
pointed out by Miss Jane Addams
the famous - founder of Hull
House and an earnest advocate
of the law .before the last legis
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vantage' of discovering the
worthy will be only a minor onL
If the mother should lose ambj
tion and self-dependence through
the pension she receives, then thej '
administration of the law ha.
been detrimental to her and tcT
' "The- pension in intended for.
the temporary aid of those moth-T
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Which Mother Love at HomeJ .or Chilly Institutional Care?
woman to keep -her children un
der her own supervision 'wher
ever it is possible and she has, the
desire to do her best for them,"
says Miss Addams." "It is better
for the 'woman arid for the chil
dren. - It' is better for the state also to
give $10 a month for the support
of a child at home than to ex
pend $10 'for the care of a child
in' some institution.
"If we could be assured that
only the worthy would be recipi
ents"of the pension the lawwould
be' flawless. But the difficulty-is
in pensioning-only those worthy
mothers who will find the pension
simply a measure for their imme
diate aid aitd an "incentive" for
their future independence.
"Professional charity" getters
will certainly striveo'take- ad--J
ers who otherwise would have to.
send their children to public
charity institutions. It is not?
supposed to take entire care of?
the family. . :
"It is expected to be a crutch
riot a wheel chair. And ir the law
is' administered in the spirit' in"
which it was passed, it will be
one of the most beneficial legist
lative measures ever enacted.
"On its success here depends its
adoption elsewhere. There is riot
doubt that the law in itself is- 6t
utmost value, ai 'solution, -to a.
great extent, of the problem of
dependent children and an incen
tive toward maintaing horrie.
life.' ' v . -
After all, it is the-executive ana
not the legislative enactments
that 'determine the' value
measures." " "