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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 22, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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Certain politicians are about to
commit a crime .against the girlhood
of Illinois. There isa. scheme on foot
to amend the bastardy laws of the
state so that an unfortunate unmar
ried mother will assume practically
all the burden of her so-called "sin
against society."
Girlhood -already has suffered by
the action of the Illinois Supreme
Court in a decision handed down last
week in which they minimized the
scope of the bill called "contributing
to the delinquency of a female under
age." ,
By their act the Judges left young
girls between the ages of 16 and 18
practically without recourse, when
they are violated by men. They de
cided that only a parent can contrib
ute to the delinquency of a child.
And the man who wrdngs a girl be
tween 16 afid 18 years old goes free.
It la almost a certainty that there
will be an amended bastardy bill in
troduced at the next session of the
legislature. But there will be two
kinds of amendments. Several wo
men's organizations are back of a
bill which will give unmarried moth
ers a larger-sized judgment than
they receive now.
Under the present law tle fathers
are only compelled td pay $550. They
are given ten years to pay $100 the
first year and $50 for each of the next
nine years.
Now it is proposed to introduce a
new bill which will give the mothers
a just amount and enough toralse
the child.
This bill will be backed by the wo
men and by Lieut.-Gov. Barratt
O'Hara. John J. Gardner, Republican
candidate for the legislature from the
second district, is making his race
mostly on the issue of better laws for
womanhood. As an attache of the
Court of Domestic Relations, Gard
ner has come into actual contact.
with the misery caused by the pres
ent unfair bastardy laws.
But against the women and the
men pledged to fight for the bill on
the floor of the legislature, there is
a sinister influence, at present keep- ()
ing in the background, which is to
be used against the women.
It is even rumored that certain leg
islators propose to ask for an even
smaller judgment against fathers of
illegitimate children.
Many of the women are openly ac
cusing Lee O'Neil Browne, one of the
big bosses of the legislature, of trying
to block their efforts to get through
humane laws.
But the women are alive to the sit
uation and already the Woman's
Party of Cook County and other or
ganizations are arranging for several
meetings between now and election,
at which the candidates for the legis
lature will be made to come out in the
open and declare themselves either
for or against the womanhood of the
Barratt O'Hara will lead the fight
on tna noor oi tne senate. The bills
which will be introduced will be akin
in nature to the bastardy lawsTin ef
fect in certain European countries,
where the father of the child has to
support his offspring until the child
reaches the age Of Independence.
The child also is srititled to -all the
rights of a legitimate child.
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ing the course of their consultation, f Q
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"Oh!" exclaimed . the widow,
aghast, "how can you say such a
thing, with my second scarcely cold
in his grave!" Green Bag.
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New York. Cotton exchange will
open Nov. 2 according to statement
by Sup't King of exchange.

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