MANNERS & MORALS: Avoiding a Risk


A childless couple, Charles E. Dameron and his wife Lona were delighted when in 1955 they were able to adopt an eight-month-old German orphan. Dori, a bright-eyed blonde, was duly examined by German authorities, found to be normal, was sent to live with the Damerons in their $19,000, three-bedroom home in suburban Silver Spring, Md. As Dori grew older, Dameron prepared her for a delightful surprise: she would soon, he told her one day, have a baby brother to play with.

Months before Dori joined the family, Dameron, a city fireman in nearby Washington, D.C., had applied for a...

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