Millin, S. Shannon. 'Child life as a national asset'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XIII Part XCVI, 1915-1917, pp301-316
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XIII Part XCVI 1915-1917
charitably inclined people who encourage begging in the
streets, by giving an odd copper to a poorly clad child,
would only realise the truth contained in Victor Hugo's
words, much mischief might be averted. The charitable
institutions in which our city abounds have ample means
of ascertaining the truly deserving poor, and too often the
street beggar does not come within that category. Money
given indiscriminately in the streets would be much better
devoted to the service of the poor if handed over to the
Children's Clothing Society (Police Aided), or the Society
for Prevention of Cruelty to Children, both of which, I am
glad to say, are conducted on strictly non-sectarian lines.
To assume the mantle of the prophet is at all times
dangerous, and I have no desire to incur such risk. But
there is one outstanding fact of the present war which
gives us a ray of hope for the future, and that is the noble
and self-sacrificing part which is being played by women.
Let us take courage, and give women a more important
part in the administration of the laws relating to child life,
and it will rebound with untold blessings on the community.
By such a course, I believe, we shall minimise
the manufacture of criminals and paupers and direct the
children of the slums into channels of usefulness, and
thereby add very considerably to the nation's wealth.
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