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1 years old, whether she Is really dead or is still struggling against life's un
fairness, she is the victim of a chain of misfortunes not equalled except in the pages of novels. At the age of four she was deserted by her mother because of poverty, and both the mother and father left the child as her only inheritance, an impulsive, ardent, affection-craving nature. The woman who adopted the baby did all that she could as a foster mother. She sent the girL to school, taught her instrumental as well as vocal music and "dressed her as well as any girl of her age." But her foster mother could not understand, nor direct, nor make allowance for the girl's nature. Like many women, sne be lieved goodness was a matter of in- tellect and not of temptation. Elizabeth grew to be a beautiful girl. Her eyes, large, dark blue and dreamy, were an index to the depths of love in her being. She craved companionship and demonstration. When she was sixteen she worked as maid in the home of a minister's family. According to the story Eliz abeth told Miss Lawrence, the fam ily went away for a vacation and she was afraid to tell her "mother" about it, so she went home for a little visit. While she was at home she stayed out late one night and was scolded. The next day she disappeared and was not heard of "for a week. Then she had been taken in custody by the Juvenile Court, charged with delin quency. A ward of the Juvenile Court! To many girls that strikes a chill of ter-r4E.-Ulb,mens,that liberty, 'is jgone. Itf means aJconstant,sucveQlance,'ana surveillance is,a bad thing for the girl who has made a mistake and wants to forget. She knows the probation officers remember the thing she wants to blot out the memory of. The Juvenile Court has a right to say that it is a better custodian of a girl than her mother or her foster mother. That is the substance of the juvenile law, which enables the court and its auxUliary societies to gain possession of a girl and do with her as they will. Miss Marie Lawrence, who seems to have taken the most active part in the juvenile work of looking after Elizabeth, says that what happened to the girl should not be blamed on the Juvenile Protective League, since, in the wealthy Oak Park district, eight school girls have been found who had had sexual relations with boys. It is comforting to know that the juvenile officers recognize that poverty has not a corner on immor ality. Elizabeth was placed in the home of Mrs. Orville T. Bright, who Is vice president of the National Congress of Mothers. According to Miss Law rence, Mrs. Bright paid the girl $4 a week for her duties as maid and per mitted her to attend school. The following is a portion of a let ter Elizabeth wrote' to her foster mother after she had been placed in the home of Mrs. Bright: "Dear Mother I received your let ter and my clothes. Words cannot express how I appreciate your kind- LnesnrsendinitenT..r t-?y;. 4 ; f V'Mtftr.deSr; Jeno&Wyiftave done wrong, but I hope all will be forgiven. Company does a lot for a girl, but mother, just because I wast- ed a year in my life don't think I will throw the rest of my life away. It may be made for some good yet. "I any going to high schol now, but I have to work awfujly hard. I get up every morning at '5 o'clocki scrub the kitchen, clean the icebox and sweep the porches and scrub them twice a week. I do all jrhis before I get breakfast. After breakfast I wash all my dishes, sweep the dining room and then to school. After school I have some things to clean every day and get dinner far six, sev en and eight every-night. After my -, SUrfSW&Jittfe.k.