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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 26, 1912, Image 9

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. New York, Aug. 26. "Is a
baby ALWAYS .worth saving
pot a strong, 'happy, rich baby,
but just a little, sickly, half-dead
baby bom in. the slums of a-great
j Dr. Josephine Baker, "cham
pion baby-saver of the United
States," who will .not leave a SIN
GLE New York baby tq die,
leaned back1 in her chair, to con
sider. "Well," it IS a big . question,
Dr. Josephine Baker.
perhaps," she said, "so I won't an
r swer it right away. Instead, Fll
tell the story of little brown Sal
vatore who lives abound the cor
ner on Mulberry street.
j When Salvatore was three
weeks old he was just, a little,
wrinkled ghost of a baby. Bones
showed through his taut, unfed
kin and his eyes were dull. He
m the hot room, while tears
streamed down young Maria's
cheeks as she wondered how soon
her first little baby was to die.
And the visiting nurse came,
all in fresh, crisp linen. A young
doctor came with her.
The two of them leaned over
poor little Salvatore a long time
When they left, he was in a
healthful sleep.
That was the beginning of
Maria's acquaintance with the
milk station on Mulberry street
She went there every day, getting
pasteurized milk for Salvatore
very cheaply, and having the
nurse and the doctor examine the
babe and fell her just how she
should "modify" the milk for his.
weak little stomach. . '
Salvatore began to' grow. He,
crowed at his mother all the day,
and at night he crowed when his I
father came home "from diggin' "
and leaned oyer his crib. ,
Everything was quite happy
now in Salvatore's-homeAt least
everything was until Salvatore
was 14 months old and was just
learning to walk. Then one night
jSalvatorers father didn't come
home. ,
Maria waited at the window all
night. When dawn showed above
the canyon of Mulberry street
Maria crept to where Salvatore
j lay and put her head onttte pil
low Desme mm.
Then came the-woman-who-Jived-downstairs.
She told Maria
that Tony had gone away to Italy
with another Woman.
An hour later Mariajfeet Salyaj
hflMMeaw. - f r

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