Full text: Problems in eugenics

L. Querton.Practical Eugenics. 
county associations, which themselves should be under the guidance of a 
national association charged with the direction of the control of the whole 
country. The eugenic associations thus included would be in reality only the 
development of the institution actually charged with establishing the civil 
status of the individual. 
Their mission would bring with it in the future a more direct and pro­ 
longed control, the object of which would be especially to look after 
children who claim special protection, such as orphans, morally defective 
children, neglected or abnormal children. In fine, we believe that the 
practical and continued organization of eugenic action by local associations 
would act as a means of education for private individuals and public 
authorities, at the same time as it would ensure the efficacy of the application 
of the laws relating to the protection and education of childhood. It would 
facilitate the collection of documents indispensable to the scientific know­ 
ledge of the facts of heredity, and it would govern in a direct manner the 
actual operations which the various social institutions exercise on the 
development of the race. 
C. B. Davenport, 
Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island, N.Y. 
The subject matter of eugenics is offspring and offspring imply parents. 
For legal and other reasons society regards a knowledge of parentage as 
very important. Marriage is society’s method of securing that knowledge. 
Incidentally the arrangement of marriage is of value for eugenical studies, 
in fact the principles of eugenics could hardly be established in its absence. 
But society asks not only for a registry of matings but seeks to control, 
in some degree, the nature of the matings. On the one hand it seeks to 
protect monogamy and the young from the legal consequences of marriage. 
On the other hand, the nature of control measures, roughly, the result of 
society’s experience that certain matings result in undesirable offspring. 
Let us, accordingly, examine some of these laws. 
The most widespread marriage regulation of biological import in modern 
civilized states is that which limits the relationship of those whose mating 
may receive a legal sanction. In practically all of the States of the Union 
marriage of brother and sister, of parent and child, even of grandparent 
and grandchild is forbidden, and it is sometimes expressly stated that 
such marriages have no legal standing. In most States the marriage of

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