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4   PREFATORY NOTE

of those statutes which are primarily intended for the protection of those who are unable to help themselves. Almost all of what is known as social legislation can be advocated and defended upon purely economic grounds, but it is a good and pleasant thought, that while the State is protecting itself by humane legislation, it is, at the same time, bringing about the lightening of the burdens of the poor, protecting the weak and helpless, and recognizing the right of every human being to the opportunity for self-development and a fair chance to attain a just measure of happiness.

It is a privilege to contribute even in a very small way to the building up of a body of legislation which has for its object the protection and welfare of those who, through no fault of their own, have started in the race of life with a cruel handicap or have found circumstances too hard for them and need, not only wise legislation, but all that human love, tenderness and wisdom can do to counter-act inherited evils and the influence of early environment, or who, struggling against their difficulties, require help, owing to the existence


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