WHO WANTS TO ADOPT A LITTLE BOY -- A Widow, with six children, has a LITTLE BOY, 8 years old, that she would like some respectable person to ADOPT. Inquire of Mrs. Michell, No. 471 Houston-st, corner of the Bowery.
Mrs. Michell buried her face in her hands and sobbed. She had tried so hard---so very hard to make ends meet. She had failed. She knew she wouldn’t be able to support her five children with the meager income she made from cleaning houses. Her eight year old son was growing fast, and he needed to eat! She had been in emotional turmoil, torn between what her child needed and what she needed. She finally resigned herself to her fate. Her youngest son, James, would be going up for adoption.
“James, some very nice people will be taking you on a trip for a while. You’ll have fun and you won’t even have time to miss me before we are back together.” She forced a cheerful smile and laugh.
James’s eyes shone with trust. “Yes, ma’am.”
With those two little words, Mrs. Michell’s heart broke.