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Public sentiment was never nearer unanimous than
it is in the matter of this school scandal.
There is more or less argument about whether the
mayor has the right to Remand resignations and to force
members out of theschool board.
There is argument as to the status of Shoop, the new
superintendent, and whether he can be yanked from the
job he was jammed into by the school board gangsters.
BUT IF SHOOP HAS BRAINS ENOUGH TO
BE SUPERINTENDENT OF CHICAGO'S PUBLIC
SCHOOLS, HE OUGHT TO HAVE BRAINS ENOUGH
TO RESIGN WHEN IT IS MADE SO PLAIN THAT
THE PEOPLE DON'T WANT HIM IN THE JOB.
And if there is no law, precedent, authority, tradi
tion or legal superstition that can be invoked to legally
kick out of the school board the members who brazenly
defied public sentiment; then public sentiment ought to
be made so strong and emphatic that the cowards who
fought Mrs. Young with a secret ballot can't stand up
The power of the people is the most wonderful thing
in the world. It is seldom exercised, because public sen
timent is seldom fully aroused.
But oncejthe people are aroused and assert their
power, all the cunning and crafty politicians are as babes.
So far in this school scandal the only discordant note
is the selfishness of the Chicago Tribune in trying to turn
it into an adve"rtismeni) for that newspaper by announc
ing that it had hired Mrs. Young to go to work on the
Tribune and carry on her public school educational pol
icy through that newspaper.
That was a selfish polity and a poor policy for the
schools, Mrs. Young and the people of Chicago, however
profitable it might be to the Tribune's cash-box.
So the Tribune should resign from its selfish position
at the same time the gang members of the school board
are forced to resign from theirs.
The resignations Mayor Harrison holds of members
of the board who were in the conspiracy to get rid of Mrs.
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