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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 22, 1912, Image 5

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If you were to ask any intelli
gent man or woman in Massachu
setts, "Who's Mary Boyle O'Reil
ly?" you would be set down as
pitifully ignorant.
Her name is the best known
Irish name in New England. It
Opens official locks for her in
New York and Washington. It
is famous in Ireland. It gives her
entree alike in the offices of gov
ernors, senators and presidents,
among philanthropists, editors
and social workers, in factories
and in prisons.
This brilliant woman is the
daughter of John Boyle O'Reilly,
the famous- Irish patriot and
poet, imprisoned and exiled for
his efforts to free Ireland, and
revered as one of the great names
of Boston.
"Miss Boyle O'Reilly," as .her
humble Irish friends in Boston
call her, or "Miss Molly," as she
is known to many a lrfan and wo
man in high station, inherits her
father's genius and passion for
liberty and service. She also in
herits and has earned it, too
the personal loyalty and love of
her race.
What has she done? That
would make a long story, for
Miss0'Reilly, still young in years
and in face and heart, is gray in
useful action. Here are a few of
her achievements in the realm of
social service:
For seven years she was prison
commissioner of Massachusetts,
giving her time, effort and sym
pathy without pay, reorganizing
nd humanizing- the department,
preaching prison rerorm and
leaving Tier imprint" on. the char
acter 'and lives "of many thousand
prisoners':, ' '"
For efghtyers she.was trustee
of the,' children's institution de
partment df Massachusetts the
official. mtither of 1,500 children.
Her begt known piece of social
Mary Boyle O'Reilly.
serviqe Was her "baby farminves
tigatipn" of 1910, begun and car
ried on by her alone, at her own
expense. She revealed a horrible
and widespread system of "farm
ing out" babies in New Hamp
shire,, including . starvation and
murder'of infants, 'and succeeded
in having a law passed to stop the
practice. ' "
She has investigated sardine
canneries, cotton factories and
laundries, working on a level with
hopeles.? toilers, and has mads her

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