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its individual care and attention which is so necessary to the proper development of character.

This legislation, like that to which we have referred in the preceding chapter, is not restrictive or preventive. It is the best kind of social legislation, because it helps the individual to do what is right and encourages that attitude toward young children, and especially those, who through no fault on their own part, are sufferers on account of the sins or mistakes of others, which is most to be desired in the interests of good citizen-ship. It is being more and more appreciated that the fatal operation of the law of heredity can be largely counteracted, if not altogether cancelled by suitable environment. If we believe at all in the power of that human love, which is a reflection of the Divine, we may hope for great things from The 14doption Jct, and the other statutes of which it is a necessary complement.

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