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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 15, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 3

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tinue the disgrace upon mother and
father too long, by giving the court
power to compel the support of the
child until 18 years old; that is like
putting a mortgage over a young man
for 18 years.
"If that ip true, and I do not con
cede it, yet under the present law the
courts have jurisdiction for 10 years.
If the man and woman feel the dis
grace keenly and if their misstep was,
treating their act as charitably as one
can, caused by intense love and lack
of will power; if there is the least
spark of manhood and honor in the
man; if he is not a knave and liber
tine, the marriage relation will t re
move much of the disgrace and make
some reparation to their offspring.
"If this misstep has none of the el
ements of affection in it, but was
caused by desire, then apply the old
adage, 'let him who dances pay for
the fiddler.' This condition of affairs,
while we may never entirely stop it,
ay be lessened by following the bib
lical idea and making the way of the
transgressor hard, but considering,
for the sake of argument, this con
tention to be true, both parties know,
they were committing a wrong.
"If your lust overcomes your bet
ter judgment and you set in motion
a force which results in injury to
others who are innocent, should you
not pay the damage? Should you.
not make the wrong good?
"The woman certainly pays heav
ily for her misstep. Nine months of
misery crowned with the agony of
childbirth; humiliated for life; brand
ed with the scarlet letter; tied day
after day and year after year to her
bastard child, whose very presence Is
a constant reminder of her disgrace;
while man, who makes the law, seeks
to salve his conscience with a few
paltry dollars and to escape the re
sponsibilities of fatherhood.
"These reasons apply solely to the
man and woman, but what of tag
"All of us who have brought chil
dren of lawful wedlock into the world
are by law compelled to support and
educate them until they are of age.
"Then why should one who defies
the moral laws and the laws of his
country to satisfy his lust, and who
brings into the world little innocent
children, escape the responsibilities
of fatherhood? Why should the child
be punished merely, because it is a
bastard and be denied the same pro
tection and provision that you and I
by law are compelled to give to our
That is one of the arguments used
by Judge Chas. N. Goodnow, who is
before the legislature today in sup
port of his proposed law relating to
bastardy to take the place of the pres
ent law of 1845 under which it costs
a man but the price of one cigar a
day to support his child.
"The present act provides $50 per
-year for 10 years for the support and
education of the child," Judge Good
now said, "and then at that tender
age relieves the father of all respon
sibility and turns the child adrift.
What education could be given a
child at 10 years which would equip
it for life's battle? Ten is the most
important age in either boy or girl;
that is the age when they need care
and attention, and is the age when
their education should be begun in
earnest; from then until they are at
least 18 years of age they should be
educated to meet life's battle, hard as
it may be for them, handicapped as
they are by the 'bar sinister.'
"All serious-minded people cannot
help but condemn a law that works
such frightful injustice upon the in
nocent child. And a continuance of
the present law on our statute books
is a reflection upon not only the in
telligence of our people, but the spirit
of justice of our lawmakers.
"It has been suggested that the
proposed law drafted by me will con-

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