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IS HOME BREAKING UP? THE CHILD TS REAL
STABILIZER ADULTS MUST LOOK TO IT BY WINONA WILCO Some mothers aye unfit to rear their children; others must leave their children to -work for wages; for these and other reasons the state should assume full responsibility for the child; this is the theory of cer tain feminists and economists. And it may well be asked if the home minus the child-can survive." Other original thinkers assert that the mother has the supreme right to her child. Never mind what becomes of the father. When-he no longer loves the mother a not un usual contingency then he . ought not to be permitted to be "a bother around the house." In fact, they declare it is immoral to have him there. Besides, to make the most of .herself, which is every human being's right, they continue, woman must have her liberty, even if her child goes to an institution and its father to some more entertain ing environment. Quite enlightened and independent women most of them unmarried who insist upon their moral and mental integrity, think va good1 deal of this doctrine. But it surely is a partial menace to the permanence of the home. Such theories have the attraction of novelty to many readers, but they are dangerous because they leave the welfare of the child quite out of the reckoning. And, in fact, they are not quite so modern as they sound. The tendendy of enlightened phi lanthropy is tg split up orphanages into cottage units, to restore the Ta therless child to some kind of an imi tation home. ' .An admirable tendency of educa tion is to put men teachers into the public chools, and the tendency of common sense is to conclude that the best kind of children cannot be raised" without a father as well as a mother in the family. If he is a patternland aguide, so much the more fortunate are the children. If he fails as a model hus band and parent, then at least he is a good warning of what a man ought not to be. Either way, the child is saved from ignorance of how men feel, think and act. Even the most wonderful mother cannot give Jier son a man's outlook on life, his understanding of its temptations, his judgment of effort, conduct, success. Undoubtedly there are men who I would rejoice at any adjustment of socn;j.y uy wmcn tney coma snirK their parental responsibilities with out reproof. But they can hardly be regarded, even by themselves, as the flower of chivalry and civilization. Two persons may recognize the same facts and face life in opposite directions. But it is very important HOW one fces. Fortunately, the best scientific teaching of the time puts the child In the center f the home and. compels all adults to look toward it Thus the child is the stabilizer of the home. .And fathers and mothers who are bent on getting the most out of life for themselves soon learn that the little child does much more for them in the end than they can ever do for the child. o o PORTUGAL ACTUALLY IN WAR ON SIDE OF ALLIES With the British Armies in the Field, Jan. 5 (Delayed). Officers of the Portuguese expeditionary force have arrived here, preparatory to fighting on the western front and are tackling" enthusiastically their new problem. Presence of these Portuguese of ficers in France marks the begin ning of Portugal's active participa tion in fighting activities.