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the ;iun t innocent
drm itl erring mm
e am car or , amp nun
' mtm her assertions are the troth
' esil Harry Poulin mait face the
mth." thebrosecutor said, x ,
professor Tiernan. has stood by
lis wife ia Uiia action, not tor re
?enfe Tie, continued, "hut tor the
itka or juauce . - ..-
la concluding, Prosecutor Jelll-
' said: ' ' ' . -
aa know that Mr. Tiernan ia
sot a woman to compos a mon-
' itraui fabrication to perjure her
: ttlt in the eyes of her children.
Tha ouestion before the court, ia
: p -wBo is the father ot this child r
The evidence points to Harry
poulin." . ' '
Defease Claims "Revenge".
. In closing their case the defense
attorneys argued that the plaintiff
bad some ulterior motive for seek
ing revenge against Poulin and
maintained that the prosecution had
not established that the baby might
- not be Professor Tiernan's . ott
sDring. The attorneys attacked the
'' testimony of Mrs. Tiernan that
marital relations between her and
Professor Tiernan had been broken
off at the time of conception of the
- infant and asserted that the plain
tiff apparently had Influenced her
' husband to support her in her
charges. Tbey emphasized the
point that Professor Tiernan had
at first accepted the child as his
"Poulln Ignored Her."
"The action of these two persons,
coming into court to prove this
child illegitimate, to label it so that
It can be scorned by the world for
the rest of its life Attorney
Swartz of the defense said, "is to
satisfy Mrs. Tiernan's desire for re-
, venge for Poulin's ignoring her."
; It has been indicated by both
sides that if the Judge's decision is
against them on Saturday, they I
will take the case to a higher court
Mr. and Mrs. Tiernan were said to
have left here last night for Chi
cago to consult with Dr. Albert
Abrams, San Francisco specialist,
concerning a blood test to estab
lish definitely the paternity of the
child. The hlnod feat, if HrMri
upon, probably will be introduced!
as evidence if the case is appealed
to a higher court. i
1 BY R. hThOHST. !
Consolidated Press Correspondent
(Copyright 1922, by The Argus.)
South Bend, Ind., Sept. 27.
While Judge Chester L. Ducomb of
the South Bend city court is pon
dering his decision as to the pater
nity of "Billy," the 10-months-old
eon of Mrs. John P. Tiernan; public
interest has centered in the psy
chology of this strangest of all the
strange cases ever heard in the In
diana courts.
What motive impelled Professor
John Tiernan of Notre Dame uni
versity to parade his wife before
ma puoiic . as me mother of an I
illegitimate child, while still loving
her and claiming her as his own?
Why has he attempted to fasten the
paternity of "Billy" on a local
clothing salesman, Harry Poulon,
while he still shelters the child
and says he will always care for
it as one of his own? Why has he
demanded a small sum of money
from Poulin to pay the expenses of
the maternity of the disputed boy?
Why has he held "Billy," the inno
cent victim of it all, up to the pub
lic as a child born out of wed
lock? Merely Wants "Justice."
Professor Tiernan answered these
natural questions today.
"That Justice may be done," he
said. "The time has come when
man must stand on the same moral
plane with woman."
That, then, is the psychological
influence behind a prosecution
which has puzzled the nation.
There was no hasty action on
the part of the university .profes
sor or his seemingly devoted wife.
Theirs is indeed a strange case, and
out of it has Just come from the
lips of "the woman" some sound
reasoning as to the cause of "trou
. blea in the home." "
Professor and Mrs.. Tiernan act
ed against the advice of all their
friends, against the advice of their
priest, and against the advice of
the officers of the law. For eight
months the Tiernan studied the
problem and sought the advice
which in the end they tossed to the
winds, deciding as they say to for
get the convention, to forget them
selves, in order that the larger
fcott realise fW ssverttoaa they
htr made ta to sparine Jaat end
ed. " Botk know pat the psfljUc la
ft mercUeN critic. Ml determined
they were to teat their theory .in
the coart of good dttsensMp.
Mr. Tiernan. more than her nua-
hand, te responsible for the airing
of this alleged violation of the
moral code, for It was she who lit
erally forced her husband to sub
mit to her will and brine swtt ut
arrest of the man who she claims
not only led her astray bat scorned
her. - :--v-
Be Stanch Caihelks.
Professor Tiernan la a faithful
member of the Roman , Catholic
church. He detests divorce . and
separation, believing, as be stated,
that "the integrity of the home, the
sanctity of- marriage and the hap
piness of the united" will do more
to uplift humanity than any other
factors in nfe's routine. - - -Having;
come to - these) conclu
sions. Professor and Mrs. Tiernan
decided to set under the paternity
Isws-of Indians, and therefore pre
pared an affidavit which not only
placed the man, who Mrs.. Tiernan
claims is the father of her third
born child, in Jail, but also brought
about s hearing in court which has
stirred the country from end to
end. - " - -
Publicity, Professor Tiernan be
lieves, is the mighty weapon
through which morals are to ' be
kept at a high standard. Through
the medium of publicity, this uni
versity teacher and author of legal
textbooks believes that a betrayer
of a woman may be expelled from
a community and the minds ot peo
ple raised to such a pinnacle that
the issue ot a debasing union shall
not suffer.
Subscribing to this thought fur
ther, Professor Tiernan said:
Represents Child.
"I do not represent myself in
thiB case, but the - unfortunate
child. Even if I have to carry this
battle to the point ot community
taction, I shall see that Justice is
done. I shall Involve the influ
ence of friends with aview ot ex-
to ttsfr frT'jsns I, Or'
ptEBM ty haw ' tBtecests that i
reealre attest rlon to the esclasdoa
ot the yosmg wtts, - SatsxaOr a
pelling the Invader of the home
from the community. He is not
only a standing - challenge, but a
menace to the community. He
must be exposed thoroughly that
the wronged woman may be com
forted and the child acknowledg
ed." i
It is from Mrs. Tiernan, how
ever, that one learns of the trials
that have beset her, and in these
trials she says there is a lesson
for all young married couples.
"Sometimes," she explained to
day, 'although young husbands
love their wives devotedly, they
are apt to give to their work a
more apparent devotion than they
this is the esse, sad aniens she is
more -than ordinarily-'-strong of
will,' she will seek amusements
elsewhere than she should have
with her husband."
was CRM Heme Dangers. .
Further ss she explained her
tragedy, Mrs. ' Tiernan called at
tentlon to those young wives who
rMl that - ttijiv mr nnamrwmnm a
oerioA of semi-Imprisonment - in !
a home where they meet only the
same people, day after day, where
they go throagh the same old rou
tine of baking, cooking, making,
beds and polishing furniture, and
feel Oat'they are. entitled to a lit
tle relaxation. But their husbands,
not being socially inclined or be
cause they have their clubs and
their- men friends downtown, as
well -as the evef present change
in their, occupations, fail to real
ize the danger - In which their
wives are placed when they meet
young men of good . appearance
who seem to take a more than or
dinary Interest In them.
"Women," said Mrs. Tiernan,
"will naturally seek .the company
of men who Interest them more
than' their husbands, and who can
give them the amusements' their
husbands cannot or will not give.
"Perhaps they love their hus
bands -as devotedly as ever, but
perhaps they do not realize it un
til some sort ot calamity brings
the realization home to them."
Don't Want Meney.
In this case, supporting the the
ories advanced by the Tiernans, is
the well grounded fact that at no
time has an effort been made to
force Harry Poulin to pay over a
large sum ot money. The only fin
ancial demand has been tor the
provision of a small fund to meet
expenses incurred at the birth of
the child and this, it is stated. Is
done only for technical reasons.
Another argument in support i of
their position is the continuance
ot their marital , relations. During
the days of the hearing Professor
Tiernan has been as devoted to bis
wife as a bridegroom. She in turn
has shown her love for him by
rising from her chair inside the
bar to attack the lawyer who in
terred that her protector was him
self a vi"1"to'- of the moral code.
WLl Tercet Past."
"There is every probability that
the past will be forgotten," said
Professor Tiernan reviewing the
situation in his family today, "and
that we will begin life anew with
our interest in our children and
The. baby .in the case, he infers,
will continue to remain as one of
the family and will be educated
and raised as well as the other two
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