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CHAPTER VI.

THE ILLEGITIMATE CHILD AND
LEGITIMATION

There had been upon the statute books of Ontario and of the old Province of Canada an Act known as "The Illegitimate Children's Act." This Act was based on English legislation, and provided that any person who supplied necessaries to a child born out of wedlock might bring an action against the father of the child for the value of such necessaries if the child was a minor at the time the necessaries were furnished and was not then residing with and maintained by his reputed father as a member of his family, but the action did not lie unless it was proved that while the mother of the child was pregnant, or within six months after the birth of -the child, she had voluntarily made an affidavit before a justice of the peace as to the paternity of the child and the affidavit had been deposited in the

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