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mother threw up her hands in horror.dead before we got there. We got | Mary Hallman. Shivering and sob
"Quick, quick, you must go back off the elevated at Adams street, an' bing, a shabby shawl drawn close and get your baby,” she cried. “Bring I ran ahead and showed Lizzie where around her shoulders, the young it home, child. What can you be I left the baby in a box. But it was mother was marched into the central thinking of? You are
not there. Then a man stepped up police station late last night to tell an' showed his star and said I was her life tragedy to ears long deafened
arrested.” But Emma had fainted. As soon
to all the notes of sins and sorrow as she was revived and had taken
with which the wilderness of the city nourishment she was sent back with
Such is the story of
story of Emma rings night and day. her young sister, Lizzie, to recover Schmidt's wanderings in the wilder
Mary Hallman was arrested at her her baby.
brother's house, 2735 Bonfield ave"It was so slow goin' back," wept
nue, where she had been given shelter the prisoner at the thought. “I was Like it in its sorrow and indiffer- after finding every door in the wilderso glad that I could bring the baby ence to a human being's sufferings ness city closed against her and her home, but I was afraid it would be is this story that other Marguerite, helpless baby.
At the 18th Cook County Child Saving Conference, held on institution shall have been approved by the State Board of Pubthe 5th inst., a committee was appointed, with Justice T. D. Hur. lic Charities. ley as chairman, to prepare and present two bills for laws relat (5) The violation of any section of this act is made a mising to the better care of children to the next session of the Illi demeanor. nois Legislature. One provides for state supervision of children (6) The appropriation asked is $6,000 annually for the first placed in homes and the other requires persons placing children two years of the new law's operation. in homes either to obtain an order from the court or a written The second of these bills provides that when the guardianship permit from the parent.
of a child is transferred from one person or society to another The committee, it is understood, will take up two bills embrac there must be either a court order or a written permit from the ing those objects, which were introduced in the last legislative parent, properly executed and safeguarded. session, but did not reach a vote. One of these bills bore the fol. The rationale for such a bill may easily be seen from a few lowing title: “To Provide for the Visitation of Children Placed actual cases which we print: in Family Homes,” and required:
Recently a woman insisted that a certain society place her (1) That a quarterly report be made to the State Board of child. On refusal, she became abusive and forthwith read the Charities in regard to all children placed in homes, whether riot act. Investigation proved that the woman was an epileptic placed by an institution, court or individual.
and not a resident of this state. She threatened to abandon her (2) Full record of all such children shall be kept by the Sec child. Thereupon the case was brought into court and the retary of the State Board of Charities and it shall be unlawful woman given the option of a fine of $500.00, the penalty for such for any person to disclose the name or address of any such abandonment, or prompt return to her mother's house in Wisconchild or of any family in which a child may be placed.
sin. This child might have become a ward of the state of Illi(3) Visitors shall be appointed to inspect the homes in which nois and an expense for its whole life. children are placed. After a child shall have been legally adopted A certain physician offered the same society a round sum to it shall not be subject to state visitation.
take the child of a well-to-do patient, and being refused, simply (4) In case a visitor finds a home an unsuitable place for a went elsewhere. It is needless to say that such an offer, prochild, a report shall be made through the Secretary of the State vided the child be normal, would not “go begging” very long Board to the institution or individual that placed the child, and even if it was not “greenbacked" very heavily. if no satisfactory action is taken within fifteen days then the This bill aims to check the business of the “baby farm” and child shall be removed by the authority of the State Board at the disreputable midwife or physician; to make it more difficult the expense of said institution or individual. The Secretary may, for a parent to evade the responsibility of caring for a child and at his discretion, allow the child to be visited by an agent of the to diminish the number of wards, public charges and criminals association or institution that placed it in a home, and may ac that come from neglected and unwanted children. cept the report of such agent provided that such association or
JOHN E. LIND.
The Illinois Children's Home and of the land at Old Du Quoin. air Society has been caring for home The Children's Home and Aid Soless and neglected children in Illinois ciety has decided to take preliminary for the past twenty-one years. A steps for the new Home in order to large part of its work is done in be ready for building when the old Southern Illinois. About ten years property is sold. Plans have been ago the Seminary building at Old Du made for a Receiving Home which is Quoin was purchased as a receiving expected to cost about $7,500. We home for the wards of the society print herewith a picture of the pro
The financial support of the Chilat a cost of $2,500. The property was posed Home together with the plans dren's Home and Aid Society is deheld by a corporation known as the of the first and second story. The rived chiefly from donations. Its inSouthern Illinois Protective Associa- basement, which is not exhibited in come for the year 1903 was $41,465, tion but it was used exclusively for
of which $36,430 came from donations, the wards of the Children's Home
$3,470 from counties (outside of and Aid Society.
Cook county) for care of dependent The Old Du Quoin property proved
children, and $1,490 from parents and to be unsuited to the purpose; the
friends for care of children. It will building was old and dilapidated; the
be seen that 88 per cent of the sociproperty was so far from the railroads
ety's income came from donations. that it was very difficult for people
The income of this society is very to visit the Home and much time
small in proportion to the work to be and expense was consumed in con
done. This society comes next in imveying passengers and freight back
portance and magnitude of its work and forth.
to the New York Children's Aid SoAbout three years ago the society
ciety, which has an income of $400, decided to remove the Home to the
000 a year, while Dr. Bernardo's great city of Du Quoin. A hotel property
London society has an income of was rented fronting upon the Illinois
$800,000 per year.
Both in New Central railroad, where the Home
York and in London the orphan was maintained for two years. This
asylums and other institutions for location was very undesirable on ac- the plans, will contain laundry, play children do a much larger amount of count of its close proximity to the rooms, furnace room, etc.
work than in Chicago, so that the derailroad and the society finally de These plans have been submitted mand for the work of child-saving socided to close the Home temporarily to experts who have pronounced them cieties is much larger relatively in until
suitable building could be admirable for the designed purpose. Chicago than in 'those cities. The erected. Citizens of Du Quoin nego- On the first floor will be the matron's Children's Home and Aid Society covtiated with the Weaver Coal Com- office and bed room, a sewing room, ers the entire state of Illinois, while pany for the sale of the old Du Quoin school room, dining room and kitchen the work of the New York and Lonproperty, which included forty acres The house will be so arranged as to don societies is confined mainly to the of coal land, for the sum of $3,500. allow free circulation of air from front cities. It was understood that the coal com- to rear and from side to side. On pany would donate a building site in the second floor will be a dormitory
True politeness is "real kindness exthe city of Du Quoin. Unfortunate- for ten boys and another for eight pressed.”—Carey. Is this negotiation finally fell through girls with smaller rooms for two boys when a man's fight begins within himself, and the building has been delayed and two girls with separate class A man's worth something. waiting for an opportunity to dispose rooms and bath rooms for both sexes.
Rev. E. P. Savage, Superintendent CHILDREN'S HOME SOCIETY OF MINNESOTA - RECEIVING HOME, St. Anthony Park, St. Paul, Minn., Commonwealth Ave.
Rev. R. N. Adams, President
During the year 232 children have been cared for at the home. Of this number 127 have been placed in homes; 57 have been returned to relatives; 32 have received temporary care; 38 were in the home at the close of the year. Since the society was founded in 1889, 2064 children have been cared for by the society and at present there are over 1,000 children placed in homes that are under the direct supervision of the organization.
The value of the home with the grounds is estimated at $39.500; the furnishings, $4,400; while another permanent investment is a $20,000 endowment at 4 per cent.
The treasurer's report showed that $17,252 had been received during the year, and the total disbursements were $16,904. This includes the sum of $1,309 invested in a house near the main building to be used as a detention ward. In this way when con. tagious diseases are discovered in the home the patient can immediately be isolated and prevent the home from a general quarantine. The sum of $14,083 was spent in the care of children and $1,239 was spent in furnishings and in improvements.
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