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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 15, 1913, Image 6

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A sK'ameful condition of affairs was
' uncovered by ttie Curran commission
"which yesterday , investigated three
Chicago "homes" fbr-fqundlings.
The places .visited were: The Mi
nois Children's ..Home and Aid So
ciety, jDvanston branch; the' Anna
Ross Lying-in i Sanitarium,,. 1900
South Kedzie avenue, St. Vincent's
Infant's -Asylum, West Superior street
and LaSalle avenue.
Onlyat the St.; Vincent's Home
was there' found any kindness, any
regard fpr children, any regard for
family life. Conditions at the other
two places are almost beyond belief,
The Anna Ross Lying-in Sanitar
ium-is Tun by Dr. W. P. Briney. Moth
ers who go to the sanitarium arejn
duced' to sign contracts giving away
their children before the children are
born, five unmarried women were
found in the place. The rates' charg
ed by the sanitarium depend on how
much money the mother has.
Lucille Prownfelter, of Canton, 111.,
who is only nine years old, wept when
she was questioned by the legislators
at the Evanston "home."
'.'I want.to find mv sister." she said.
"My sifter is 15. We were sent hereJ
togetner oy our aunt, wno was angry
at us because we quarreled at .times.
We came here five weeks ago, and
my sister :Ethel was taken away from
me, and" I have not heard from her
since. Please find my sister. I do. so
long to see her." f
The commission solemnly prom
ised the little girl that they wbuldlfind
her sister, and that Lucille would see
her again.
Forty little boys and girls were
found at the St. Vincent's home. yBut
things were different there. The chil
dreitwere happy and contented, and
there was no separation of sisters, or
of parents and their children.
St. Vincent's, indeed, pays mothers
from. $5 to $15 a month, so they can
May ;with their children
"Grown -children'! are Adopted be
cause they can -work and.be made
"slaves," tfie Mother Superior told the
legislators, "Babies are adopted be
cause a man and his .wife want to fill
the void in their hearts paused by
lack of children of their own. The
state should prevent the adoption of
children grown beyond babyhood."
The -Curran .commission will not sit
again until next Friday. The inves
tigation into foundling asylums and
infant's "homes" 'will be continued
then. Later the commission will turn
its attention to the charity trust.
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Three robbers 'entered confection
ery store of .Tony Balinski, 5950
Milwaukee avenue, in the rear pf
which the family lives. "'
When Balinski entered the .s. tore
between 1 and 2 o'clock Jast night
he encountered the men as they were'
about to rob the cash register. He
grappled with them and while fight
ing on the floor with one, another
stabbed him three times in the back
andneck. He was found uncon- .
scious.s ,
The robbers then bound and
gagged Mrs, Balinski and locked their
two children, 4 and .6 years old, in a
room. '
After the robbers had taken $109
they set fire to -the" building and es-' '
caped. Balinski and his family were
saxed by CaptwFrank"Fa"ulkner and
Pjpeman T.' Murray vof engine com
pany No. 21. -
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Upon necessities of life -
A tariff cut, tis said, is due. -
It would be great if they would put
Baseball. upon the free, list, oo

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