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Showing the need of a home
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-
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.
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.
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
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