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for weak-minded girls Mary Doe was in the court of do mestic relations yesterday charged with disorderly conduct Her name isn't Mary Doe, but the name doesn't matter it's the story. She is 22; since she was 14 she has spent much of her time in the House of the Good Shepherd aria she has been twice in the Bridewell, the last time for six months, which sentence was completed in January. Mary Doe's offenses are always the same. She lias no moral sense, and the reason she hasn't any moral sense is because she is feeble-minded. It isn't necessary to have any test to tell you this about Mary Doe. Her actions tell it. She has to be constantly watched that her lack of moral sense will not lead her into es capades that embrace delinquency 'without regard even to color. And because she has to be watched and resents watching she sometimes steals her clothes from the house and slips out Once she was punished be cause she had appeared on the street- naked. You would not know she was feeble-minded to talk to her, but you would know that she talks like a child. She is not insane. She is quite rational in her conversation. "I do not 4mow what to do with this girl," Judge Sabath said, after the story of Mary Doe's latest delin quency had been told. She is not mentally responsible for these acts and should not be punished there for; she is not insane and should not be sent to an insane asylum, and there isn't a single institution to which I can send her, though she needs custodial care " Later, talking to a Day Book re porter, Judge Sabath said: "You can not quote me too strongly on this subject of the necessity of an insti tution for feeble-minded girls and lioys who are past 18. It is not right to send them to a place of punish-1 1 ment, neither is ft lawful to send them to an insane asylum, since they are not insane, and it is wrong to turn them adrift because they are a menace to society and to themselves, and there Is no place to send her." The reporter went back to the "bullpen" tc talk to Mary Doe. She was crying hysterically: "J. won't be sent away again. I won't go to the Bridewell again. I'll kill myself if they send me there." The reporter waited only until Mary Doe had been comforted as one comforts a little child. ANNOUNCEMENTS Painters' union, local 147, holds special meeting at 20 W. Randolph tonight. Important business. Seymour Stedman speaks tonight before 29th Ward Civic league at Har per school, 65th and Wood, and be fore 15th Ward club, Von Humboldt, Rockwell and Hirsch. Automatic phone grab discussion this afternoon at 3 p. m. by Morton L. Johnson, president Penny Phone league, before 33d Ward Civic league, Robert Emmet school, Madison and Pine. Lathers' union, Monroe and Peoria, will hear Johnson at 8 p. m. tonight Open meeting and entertainment will be held at Jewish Educational Alliance, 1243 N. Wood, Saturday eve. Painters' union, local 521, will hold special meeting Tuesday, March 23, 8 p. m., at 810 W. Harrison. Strike assessment David Fine will lecture on Euro pean war tonight at Doublas Park au ditorium, Kedzie and Ogden, auspices. Lawndale Cejiter of Modern Thought. "Facts suppressed by big news papers will be given to people," says the announcement of meeting in Von Humboldt school, Rockwell st and Hirsch blvd., tonight Socialist can didates Seymour Stedman, Wm. E. Rodriguez and Peter Sissman, and Mary O'Reilly and L. P. Lindejof will sp"eak.