Medicine: Holmes on Bastardy

A U. S. scholar who takes great interest in illegitimate births is Zoologist Samuel Jackson Holmes of the University of California. Last week he announced his analysis of the Census Bureau's latest annual (1934) survey of U. S. bastardy. In that year out of every 1,000 childbirths, 39 babieS were born out of wedlock. Some 35,000 of them were white (20.4 per 1,000 births), 43.000 black (151.5 per 1,000 births). That was just about what Professor Holmes expected.

Professor Holmes has been collating illegitimacy statistics for years, commenting on their trend. In the November 1936 issue of Population, a British journal,...