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ILLEGITIMACY   59

countries, as well as the laws of many of the States of the Union, were examined in order to determine the best method of dealing with the problems involved, and as a result a bill was introduced which dealt with the subject in a comprehensive manner. This bill was the result of numerous conferences with social workers who had for many years seen the necessity for some enactment which would provide better protection and a more normal life for these unfortunate children and who had been vainly urging protective legislation to accomplish that purpose. Many useful suggestions were made by those having practical knowledge of conditions and few bills have received as much care in their preparation. It was found that our law was more backward even than that of England. In Scotland, France, Switzerland, Russia, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, in forty-two States of the Union, and in four of the Provinces of Canada, viz., Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec and Nova Scotia, much more advanced legislation had been adopted and these precedents underwent a very careful and exhaustive examination in the course of preparation of


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