Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on July 9, 1961 · Page 128
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 128

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is THK KI-; sucii A THING AS A SI'liClAL LAXAT1VK T O M W O M K N V So many women ore asking this imjmrtuiit question. The unswer is -- yes. A re- m a r k a b l e new medical discovery called Uioclyl Sodium Sulfosuccinute lias now made possible a special new laxative fur a woman's sensitive system. We cull it Corrcclol®. Correclol works Iwo ways. Firj»t, its exclusive ingredient takes advantage of the n a t u r a l nuiislnre in your system. Second, its m i l r l laxative acts g e n t l y l i u t most e f f e c t i v e l y . Working together, Correctors two active ingredients permit morn natural relief than any ordinary laxative can. Correclol is recommended any time in a woman's life, tven diiririK and after pregnancy. WeM love to have you try it. Write to Correclid, Dept. S, Kenihvorth, N. J., for your generous free sample of safe, bis- pilnl-tested Cnrrcclol, bearing the Cnotl Housekeeping Seal. Corns DOUBLE-QUECK REMOVAL Or, ScholPB Zino-pnds nnl only speedily relieve corns --they nlno remove them one of (he quick- eal ways known to medical science! D- r Scholls lino-pads Dudes Love Him Ranch Hoil Relieves Itching Of Gueils' Poison Ivy, Sunburn, "Saddle Sor«s", Chafing "1 have been So- i cial Director and Host at two dude ranches," writes Herbert E. Brown of Jiiekson Hgts., , N. Y. "I always | carry HESINOJ, in my travel kil and I also keep a jarmlhetnedtcine cabinet ready for use in any type of Herbert F. Brown skin distress. "I have been n loyal user of RESI NOI. since 1934; T have always found it wonderful for itching, irritated skin. Therefore, I give il to my 'dudes' to ease pain of sunburn, poison ivy. 'saddle sores.'chafing and similar skin troubles. They love me for it!" Rememhcr this-qukkly relieve itching and burning of pimples, athlete's foot, scaMs, also promote healing of your family's dry eczema, rashes, sunburn, poison- ivy, chafing, other skin irritations with soothing Svper-lanofated Leader and troopt: Mrs. Settle Brown, behind bars above, started Jackson, Mich., protest (r.) against child support laws. Fourteen were jailed. CHILDREN OF DIVORCE continued 14 angry women--and their night in jail OINTMENT And Forget Ytr Skin tHUecst! Siirrmlr. Write Hi-rfinol, [) rpt . P4. Halto. I. Md. JACKSON, MICH. One day last summer, Bettie Brown exploded. Her former husband had remarried and cut his support payments to their two children by half. She had urged Herbert Heitmnn, the court officer who oversees divorce cases here, to prosecute him or put him in jail. Hcuman's efforts at compromise did not satisfy Betlic Brown, who went on radio station WK1IM and voiced her complaints over the air. That was the beginning of n year-long, bitler campaign. Before it was over it had sent 14 women tn fail, focused national attention on the question of child support and caused a new look at the subject here. For, after Mrs. Brown's blast, the sta- lion was deluged with calls from other women. When Mrs. Brown suggested they meet to discuss their grievances, 55 packed into her four-room apartment. Most accused Hcuman, whose official title is "1'rientl of the Court," of being "too easy" on husbands. They also declared that child support was a "national disgrace." Some told pathetic stories. "I'm too ill to work, I have no relatives to Fall back on, my daughter and I haven't a nickel," one woman sobbed. "My husband works right here in town. The Friend of the Court lias ordered him 18 times to send my checks, hut he never does. But they won't send for trim or arrest him." $2,200 Worth of Status "My husband hasn't sent anything in a year," said the young mother of two preschool daughters. "I've got a job hut I just can't make out. By the time I pay $25 or $30 a week to a babysitter, plus the other hills, 1 have nothing left. The strain is just wearing me out." "I know one case where a man was $2,200 in arrears," offered Mrs. Jcannie Kleinfeldt, one of the group's leaders. "Yet his new wife had a new car, a mink stole and a new diamond ring." Mrs. Klcinfeldt alleged that Hcuman had replied, "His wife's clothes and appointments are necessary for ihe man's social status." The women formed an organization to press for twin aims: Hcuman's removal and a complete housecleaning. A delegation called first on thcn-Gov. G. Mermen Williams. His legal advisor told them to petition their county supervisors. The women dutifully collected 1 77 signatures, but the supervisors ignored them. Bcttic Brown and Mrs. Kleinfeldt asked the state attorney genera! to intervene. He wouldn't. "We were stymied everywhere," Mrs. Brown says. "We decided to take our case to the public. We felt we had a constitutional right to demonstrate. There were only 12 of us left, but by scratching around we found 15 more. We thought it would be appropriate to start the day after Mother's Day." At 9 a.m. on Monday, May 15, 14 women appeared in front of Hcuman's office. They flashed signs with ungrammatical slogans like "Who's Friend is the Friend of the Court?" Uncertain how far they could go, they said nothing, but marched in a slow, silent circle. l']ven so, a erowd collected. Jeers rang out: "Why don't you stay home with your kids?" Sheriffs deputies guarded against trouble. At 11:30 Judge John Simpson strode out of the Court House and warned them to disperse. They ignored him. He told them to be in court at 1:30. "I'll go to jail--will you?" the marchers whispered to one another. But nothing happened. The next day the judge sent them an order to limit their picketing. On Wednesday he followed with a "cease and desist" order. On Friday he issued a summons for each picket, ordering her to be in court at 9 a.m. Tuesday. But by now the women tasted victory. Their ranks had swollen to 80. A support-paying husband, Thomas Collins, had failed to muster up a counter-movement. Over the weekend, the mothers caught up on laundry, lined up babysitters and got ready for jail. Judge Simpson obliged them at 10: 30 Tuesday, lie charged each with contempt and set bond at $300. Since none had ihe money, all went off to jail. For the newspapers and the TV cameras, it was a Roman holiday. Photos of Bcttic Brown behind bars appeared all over the country. The mothers spent their "imprisonment" whooping it up and making jokes. At 4:30 a.m., to the dismay of fcl low prisoners, they got up and began singing Old Judge Simpson,Hcre We Come to the tune of California, Here 1 Conic. Round table Conference Their hearing was more subdued, but brief. Attorney Benjamin Dajos argued that the pickets had committed no intentional wrongs. "They thought they were within their rights," he said, but were sorry if they had been guilty of misconduct. Asked if they apologized, they chorused weakly, "Yes." Judge Simpson told them to go home and be good. The next day, however, wives, judges and Hcuman all sat down to negotiate. Heuman pointed out that he is often caught in the middle in an impossible job. Heuman pledged cooperation, but stuck to his contention that jailing husbands was no way to collect debts. The wives made a mental reservation to resume demonstrating if necessary. Meantime, a reform movement is underway. Heuman is studying the possibility of "weekend jail," under which fathers go behind bars at night. He also is exploring use of his oiiice as a clearing house. Husbands would pay in,he would pay out. Another suggestion comes from Bettie Brown. "Failure to paychild support ought to be made a federal offense," she says. "I know lawyers say that isn't possible. But at the very least the states ought to treat it uniformly. It ought to be recognized that this is a national problem." --SID noss

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