CHAPTER 458

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

RELATING TO ADVERTISEMENTS INVITING CORRESPONDENCE BY "LONELY HEARTS."

WHEREAS, certain papers, pamphlets and magazines, publish advertisements inviting men and women to write, and send photographs, one to the other, for the purpose of establishing friendships among "Lonely Hearts;" and

WHEREAS, such advertisements have been the means used by unscrupulous persons to lure other persons away from their own communities to further acquaintance begun through correspondence encouraged or induced by advertisements as aforesaid; and

WHEREAS, there have been numerous occasions when unsuspecting persons thus lured from their home communities have been robbed of their property and have been murdered by others, who have used acquaintanceship brought about through correspondence as aforesaid to further their evil designs and their desire for financial and other gain through robbery and murder, as aforesaid; and

WHEREAS, the people of the State of Delaware deplore the murders of unsuspecting victims by persons who have lately moved into this State and who used the medium of correspondence begun through such advertisements as aforesaid, to bring the victims to this State where wanton and deliberate murder has been committed; and

WHEREAS, these brutal crimes have shocked the State of Delaware and brought chagrin to a people who not only are generally law-abiding, but who resent the notoriety brought on by the publicity regarding the murders mentioned above; and

WHEREAS, it is the belief that whatever action can be taken to discourage such happenings in the future should be attempted; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the 115th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, the Senate concurring therein, that the General Assembly of the State of Delaware hereby petitions the Congress of the United States of America to enact an appropriate law forbidding all magazines, periodicals and newspapers from carrying or printing advertisements inviting men and women to write, and send photographs, one to the other, for the purpose of establishing acquaintance and friendship among persons residing in various communities and states, and prohibiting circulation of the same in Interstate Commerce by any method of transportation, and providing for suitable penalties for violation of the law; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be forwarded to the members of the United States Congress from the State of Delaware, and that they be requested to support such needed legislation.

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