The World's Work; A History of Our Time Volume 30

The World's Work; A History of Our Time Volume 30

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...the children out in asylums or private families they board them out in their jwn mothers' homes. That is, the state pays to indigent mothers the stipends which it had formerly paid for the children's upkeep in strange places. So long as Society recognizes the support of such children as one of its obligations, this plan has decided advantages over those to which we are more accustomed. It is hardly necessary to insist that the care of a decent, conscientious mother is likely to produce better results than that of the best institution in the world. And, properly managed, such care costs the state no more, perhaps not as much, so that Society ought to score a positive gain. Abuses are possible, of course, but their correction is a matter of administrative detail. New York is the latest state to adopt this reform, which will probably become a general one in a few years. A SMALL DEBTORS' COURT ACOURT of summary justice for poor people who cannot collect money that is due them was provided by the legislature of Kansas in 1913. Such Small Debtors' Courts, as they are called, were soon erected in several cities and they have been successful in correcting a long-standing abuse. The old retort of a prosperous debtor, "Go ahead and sue," is no longer a safe answer to a demand for the payment of a just bill, due to the laundress, the day laborer, or the odd-jobs mechanic. The law provides that no lawyer shall be permitted in the court; that no fee shall be charged for bringing suit; that the judge shall make his decision on the basis of common sense and common justice, disregarding all niceties of legal quibbling. No case may be handled which involves more than $20. The complainant must be, legally, a poor person, and the defendant more

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  • Paperback | 402 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 717g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236804635
  • 9781236804631