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The University of Chicago

FOUNDED BY JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER

Peod hov. 27,06

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TREATMENT OF JUVENILE

DELINQUENTS

A DISSERTATION
SUBMITTED TO THE FACULTY OF THE GRADUATE DIVINITY
SCHOOL IN CANDIDACY FOR THE DEGREE OF

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY.

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COPYRIGHT 1906 BY
THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

PREFACE

Out of a situation betraying the stage of experiment, attentive to the cry of a world of neglected children, encouraged by the spectacle of the earnest army of volunteer servants of the unfortunate, these thoughts have grown. With the many factors to take account of, time no less than thought and action is necessary for the working out of juvenile salvation. Therefore, one must be content not to draw up a final program, but rather to reconnoitre.

But the careful and successful scout always knows the retrospect of the land as well as he does the prospect. Yesterday's experience with delinquent childhood has been written in such bits that it has been difficult to read it as a continuous arc, enlightening us as to the exact path trodden and yet to be followed. It is yesterday's path we tread, but never before with such eagerness and progress, nor with such impatience toward injustice and undue conservatism, nor again, with such disposition to unite forces. We begin to relate civic righteousness, moral uprightness in business, public health and culture, with the community's childhood and its environment, and the campaign is launched. To take a small part in it would be worth while.

R. R. P. January, 1906.

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