Chicago Tribune, August 4, 1874. This is your standard-issue exposé of the baby-farming racket, which provided unwilling parents with fourth-trimester abortions.That last bit seems overstated to me. I could see parents doing this who wanted not to hear of the death of their baby. The mindset would be not unlike people who drop their unwanted dogs off in the countryside instead of having them put down. It’s a cheap salve to an underdeveloped conscience. I think there is a typo in that first sentence: It should read “is not practiced.” The Commissioners of Charities must have been pissed.