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BIG BROTHERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP LITTLE
BROTHERS OUT IN NEW BOYS' COURT
BY JANE WHITAKER
WANTED Big Brothers to help little weak brothers; victims of-heritage,
victims of environment, victims of an unfair social' system, to rehabil
itate themselves byHhe moral support of men who are. willing to take this
opportunity to help set one boy .in the right path.
Judge Thomas F. Scully, who is presiding over the new Boys' Court, 906
City Hall, has sent out this appeal. He doesn't want to parole these boys to
professional reformers who have cold-blooded, analytical judgments. He
wants to parole them to big-hearted, wami-hear.fed'overs of mankinds
The Elks already have a representative "in the court, but that-is not
sufficient. There should be a representative .of ' the Gatholics and"oi the
Protestants. There should be a representative of 'the different racesyJews,
Bohemians, Lithuanians, and-of every other race-f of 'these- boys represent
every creed and every race and they should ba-prajfed'toVtheir own 'people.
They are not bad boys. They are, toqupTeJGde:'Scully,'"gbM boys
gone wrong." ". " ' . ,"
A day spent in the Boys' Court which openedHast week demo"hstrates
the absolute necessity of the help of Big Brothers?"
Young boys, one of them only 17, have beWanrsted-in quarrelstbrdught
about by intoxication. They are deplorable ff evidences of unscrupulous
saloonkeepers wno sell liquor to
minors in defiance of the law.
But they are more than that. They
are products of homes where poverty
in some cases has been so dire that
the boy has sought the street at
night, in the hours of his leisure, to
gain forgetfulness from the sordid
ness of life.
In the case of one boy only 17,
evidence was introduced showing
that his brothers and his mother
drank, and that when he did not get
liquor at home it was supplied to him
by a neighbor. He admitted having
been drunk ten times in one month.
He was1 arrested because of a quar
rel with his brother and he can ex
pect no help from his family. He
must gain, moral support and encour
agement to start again from some
Big Brother, who himself is strong
and who understands.
The old saying "boys will be boys"
is never more strongly illustrated
than in this court. The high spirits
that demand an outlet for their activ
ity lead these boys into escapades that
are trifling in offense, yet bring them
within the law, and may some .day
lead, to a serious offense -which -will:
deprive them of their.liberty and send
promising citizens into .the,.discard.
For these -boys -cwith-their healthy
animal spirits,-there are few, almost
no places; of heaifhf ul amusement.
A boy arrested for endeavoring to
enter a tfauce hall by way of the- fire
escape aid he -worked in. -a laundry