Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 23, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
Thursday, July 13, 1970 THE ICTHBRIDGE HERAIO 13 Mothers Privately Adopting Cause B lack Market' TORONTO (CP) Unwed mothers trying to have their ba- bies privately adopted may un- wittingly encourage an illicit traffic hi babies, Betty Graham, Ontario's child welfare director, said recently. Newspapers should not accept classified advertisements from them but should refer adoption offers to Toronto Children's Aid Society, Miss Graham said. She was commenting in an in- terview on the widely-publicized attempt by Jane Davidson, 21, of Toronto to find a home for her six-month-old daughter, Na- talie. "The practice of privately ad- vertising infants for adopt: might well, spread to persons _ terested only in disposing of bies at a she said. More than 15 years ago liter was a widespread racket i "black market babies" in Eas era Canada, she said. Wealth childless Americans were "bu, ing" infanls in this country. "The second objection I to private adoption is that it de prives both the natural mothe and the adoptive parents of th security offered by the service of the Children's Aid Societies. There is no real difference be tween private adoptions an those arranged by a children Ann Landers DEAR ANN LANDERS: Recently you printed a letter from a North Carolina reader who feared her cat was a homosexual because he showed no interest in nice, healthy, 'girl cats. Perhaps you'd be interested in Dr. Warren Thomas' view on that subject. Until recently, Dr. Thomas was director of the Henry Doorly Zoo in 'Omaha. Soon he will take over the directorship of a new zoo in Brownsville, Texas. Dr. Thomas was reluctant to attempt analysis of the cat in ques- tion, but he made these general observations: "Animals are subject to various forms of abnormal sex- ual expression, but not to the extent found in humans. High- er species of animals, such as the apes, are most likely to Indulge in apparent homosexual behavior. But this is nol due to a psychological abnormality. It may be a matter of as two males being .confined together without female companionship." Another fact involving apes in captivity: "They know nothing about sex unless it is demonstrated by older mem- bers of the species. Apes have an instinctive sex drive, bul they are not born with the knowledge of what to do about it. Some strange behavior can result. For example, we once bad an orangutan who fell madly in love with a boot." Thought you'd like to know, Omaha World Herald DEAR BOB: Thanks for the fill-in. Recently I received letter from that orangutan. She has since broken off with the boot because be began to act like a heel I DEAR ANN LANDERS: I was very much interested in the letter from "Wife of a because my husband be- haved very much like hers. Ho used to break dishes and furniture, kick holes in the wall and scream obscenities at everyone. I was unable to figure out why his personality was changing. He had always been so easy-going. One evening he lost his temper when a well known political figure was making a speech on TV. He began to scream at the set and carry on like a lunatic. Our pediatrician b'appened to be in the house checking the baby at the time. He took me aside and suggested that when my husband calmed down 1 should insist that he get a complete physical checkup including an encephalogram. It was the smartest thing I ever did. Our family physician sent my husband to a neurologist who discovered a brain abnormality which he said might be causing his violent temper outbursts. My husband is BOW taking a drug called Dilantin and it has changed his mine. I bless that pediatrician every day of my life, Ann. I hope you will print this letter. It might help someone else. Denver Mother LUCKY WINNER of Alberta Elks Association Truck and Camper is MR. GIL HAR5CH CARBON, ALBERTA DIFFERENT COUPLES TmUKOVILUR, India (AP) A priest officiating at a mas marriage in southern Tami Nadu state united the wrong couple in holy matrimony an< then refused to tamper wit what he called divine will, offi cials said. He later married thi left-over couple. COBY'S FASHION FOR PLUS SALE CONTINUES Buy Any Item In The Store At Regular Price and For Only More Choose Any Other Item of Equal Value or Less. COBY'S FASHIONS 322 13th Street North Phone 327-5687 aid society except legal pro- ceedings. Both come under the Ontario Child Welfare Act and must be approved by a county court judge. In another interview, Judge H. T. G. Andrews of Brampton, chief judge of .the provincial courts family division said: "The only problem I see with private adoptions is that there is some danger the natural mother may sometimes inter- fere with the upbringing of the to the disturbance of the child." MUST FOLLOW RULES In cases of private adoption, the natural mother must regis- ter the placement with the child welfare director within 30 days. The society then has 15 days to send a social worker to look over the prospective parents and theu- home. H the new par- ents and their home aren't sat- isfactory, the society can do several things including taking the child out of the home. After six statu- tory waiting new parents can apply for an adop- tion order. Before the adoption is final, the judge must have the written consent of the natural mother, be satisfied the order would be in the child's best in- terests and hear what the child welfare director thinks of the placement. In 1969, the Children's Aid So- ciety in Toronto placed children for adoption, there were 421 adoptions by relatives and 153 private adoptions. Hawaiian Plants By CHRISTINE PUHL Staff Writer Rusty-red and spotty-yel- low, white and green Croton plant and cool-green Ti plants from Hawaii are the wares sold by Mrs. Ken (Jean) Martin and son, Nel- son, 13 years of Capreol, Ontario. They have a booth in the Youth-A-Rama building dur- ing Whoop-up Days as part of their summer circuit of Canadian fairs. "We sell thousands of the many varieties of plants every year and very few are returned for not said Mrs. Martin. People-purchasing a plant, receive a four-inch log length which has paraffin wax seal- ing both ends. To grow the logs, cut off one end and immerse in ap- proximately one inch of luke- warm water which should be changed daily. When roots de- velop the whole thing must be planted in a pot of tropical soil or nutrious garden earth mixed with peat moss and al- ways kept damp. The logs are guaranteed and will be gladly replaced if they don't grow. She said usually those that don't grow, had too much water in the starting glass or the wax wasn't cut off properly. The plants she uses to cut logs from, must grow at least three years before they are large enough. Even then only about 30 logs can be cut from SO EASY-Mrs. Ken Martin shows fair-goers how each one wouid to easy it is to grow a Hawaiian Ti plant in the Youth-A- Rama building of Whoop-Up Dayr count grow, how many she said. plants I The plants usually grow from three to six feet high but Nelson said some custom- ers have reported the plants arc' growing the owners out of house and home. Two married sons at home send her additional supplies of plants for displays and logs while on the road from the Death, Away! A young boy wrote to the Uni- tarian Service Committee ex- plaining why he had given mon- ey to his school's milk fund drive. "I gave money because I think poor people have hardly anything to drink. These poor people die almost every day and I hate death so that's why I gave 50 cents. We have col- lected nearly I never thought we would make this much. I am sorry we couldn't give enough money to feed ev- eiybody but at least I gave some money to some of those starving USC headquar- ters is at 56 Sparks Street, Ot- tawa. middle of June to the end of August. Mrs. Martin said she grows all the plants right in her house. Certainly not many households could put up with that. "But 1 enjoy she said. "The nice thing Ti plants is that they spout fast- er and do not require sun- light, so can be kept any- where in the house. "Crotons absolutely must have smilight to develop the color in the leaves and tain up to two or three months to she said. A white bud which grows from the root beneath the surface can be used to start a new plant instead of cutting logs. 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