ID# 346:
"The Defectives," about marriage restriction
Pages: (1|2|3)
American Philosophical Society, ERO, MSC77,Ser1,Box35: Trait Files

&quote;The Defectives,&quote; about marriage restriction

-16- children, and it behooves us to inform ourselves upon the subject. For this purpose, The Defectives supplies the best possible means, and it will prove no less interesting than instructive to those who will subscribe for it. -Texas School Journal. The International Sunshine Society, 96 Fifth Avenue, New York. St. Rita's, 145th St. Con. College Ave., New York. Mrs. Barrett, Dear Madam: Your booklet has just been read. It was "passed on" by Mrs. Thelma Patrick, the Texas representative. It is my mission to begin with "Public Novena" every Tuesday night in St. Rita's church for the temporal and spiritual welfare of hopeless cases. Your work appeals to me specially, as I was the only woman to look after such cases for years in the town of Greenburgh, N.Y. I will assist you in some small way, as my New York mission interests are very urgent; all volunteer work, too. Hope you will succeed beyond your expectations. As Mrs. Patrick is doing her best here, you will get more "Sunshine" helpers for your "Children's Home." Enclose my booklet for your home library may not contain a new saint's life. Yours in Sunshine, K.T. Mulligan. Some Needed Legislation Apropos of the fact that out of a population of 62,622,250 for the United States 1,500,000 are defective in mind or special senses, and of the 1,500,000, 100,000 are feeble-minded, and increasing at the rate of 2000 per annum, and further, that while of the 100,000 only statistics of the conjugal relations of 31,929 could be obtained, of this number 17,048 were either married, single, or divorced, all according to our laws. And while of the 100,000 statistics as to heredity only 48,480 returns were made, and yet of this number 24,844 had feeble-minded parents and 2677 had deaf and dumb or blind parentage. In the light of these statistics on the causes and increase of defectives it might be well for our Legislature to consider the following law enacted by the New Jersey Legislature. New Jersey Legislation Chapter 137 of the Laws of the Session of 1904 reads as follows: "It shall be unlawful hereafter for any person who has been confined to any public asylum or institution as an epileptic or insane or feeble-minded patient, to intermarry in this State, without a certificate from two regularly licensed physicians of this State that such person has been completely cured of such insanity, epilepsy or feeble mind, and that there is no probability that such person will transmit any of the said defects or disabilities to the issue

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