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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 12, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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Ecores were: Kieckhofer, 50; Lean,
48; Ellis, 60; Hahman, 40; Moore, 50;
Daly, 44; Capron, 50; De Oro, 47. Pol
lowing are the matches for today:
Eames and Hahman, Moore ana
Lean, Huey and Morin, Daly and
Joe Mandot and Harlem Tommy
Murphy have been matched to fight
20 rounds in New Orleans March 29.
Jess Willard and his manager, Tom
Jones, left El Paso yesterday for Ha-
vana, where Jess win fight Jack
Johnson, maybe, some time in ApriL
Wilbur Hightower, star Northwest
ern athlete, had his nose broken dur
ing baseball practice in the Purple
Basketball Scores
New Trier, 40; Collinsville, 20.
Valparaiso, 27; Evanston, 19.
Ishpeming, 35; Gary, 20.
Morgan Park, 32; Lewis, 18.
I. A. C, 49; U. of Montana, 31.
By Jane Whitaker
Every once in a while a cry goes
up that we are showing too much
leniency to first offenders. A boy
who was released upon his first
offense is found to have committed
a more serious crime the next time
and press and public clamor for first
convictions, with the blind idea that
if the boy guilty of his first offense
had been sent to some institution,
some school of crime, for many in-
1,402 criminal cases 514 were dis
charged. The fact that such a lerge percen
tage could not be held on the evi
dence did not alter the other fact
that those boys were arrested and by
being arrested we ermade criminals,
for the boy who has been once ar
rested, even though found not guilty,
will be arrested on as slight or even
slighter suspicion the next time.
And it is left entirely to chance
whether the boy picked up because
stitutions are only that, he wouldn'f he was out late at night, or because
have been guilty of the second crime.
' But we never hear in opposition to
that cry for punishment of first of
fenders a protest against the mania
for making laws that embrace al
most every boyish prank and many
things that are not even pranke and
label them crimes.
Recently in the boys' court two
lads were brought in, arrested late
Saturday night and kept, in jail over
Sunday, because the officer had
found them on the street late at
night and hadn't been satisfied with
the stories they told.
From March 18, 1914, to March 1,
1915, there was a total of 9,834 boys
brought into the boys' court. The
charges upon which many of these
boys were arrested were farcicaL Of
1,836 preliminary cases 711 were dis
charged and 829 bound over to the
grand jury; of 6,596 quasi-criminal
cases which consist of city ordinance
yiolations 5,069 were discharged; of
of some other thing that wouldn't
have been noticed nor considered a
crime ten years ago, is let go br
whether he is found guilty because it
depends upon whether the man sit
ting on the bench is a mere legal ma
chine or whether he retains in his
heart a memory of his own boyhood
days and can see behind the act to
the cause.
If he is a wise judge he understands
that many of these boys have never
had a chance to be anything but what
they are. Many of them haven't
even a home they sleep wherever
they can; many of them go hungry
for days at a time; many of them
have a mental development far below
their age, and for society to make
them what they are and to provide
no means to help them to a better
life and then to punish them is not
only inhuman, but is mighty blind
justice, for the boy knows just how
unfairly society and the law have.
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