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ization of the public schools, as was shovn recently by her work against
the Cooley vocational education bill.
"Resolved, That the Chicago Federation of Labor hereby expresses its
deep appreciation of the splendid services of Mrs. Ella Plagg Young in pro
tecting our children from the greed of 'big business.'
"Resolved, That we demand the restoration of Mrs. Young as super
intendent of the Chicago public schools and call upon Mayor Harrison to
bring it about.
"Resolved, That the Chicago Federation of Labor reaffirms its demand
for an elected board of education with the right of recall.'
"Resolved, That the secretary of the Federation of Labor be instructed
to send a copy of these resolutions to Mayor Carter H. Harrison."
In his defense, Harding assailed Mrs. Young as a "thinking machine,
without a heart or conscience, a
witch," and accused her of possess
ing a "swelled head."
He said the spelling book affair
cfime up because he refused to sanc
tion the scaD book put out by the
American Book Company and wanted
a book printed by union men instead.
It was because Mrs. Young refused
to approve the union book, he assert
ed, that he was against her. He
honestly admitted that the scheme to
oust Mrs. Young was his.
When Mrs. Robins offered her reso
lution backing Mrs, Young, a sup
porter of Harding leaped to his feet
and offered as an amendment the
resolution passed by the Allied Print
ing Trades Council, indorsing Hard
ing. This was immediately second
ed and the battle was on.
Harding was the first speaker. He
put up a great fight because he was
fighting against having a resolution
passed by union men that would have
been a blow in the face to him.
He accused Mrs. Young and Carter
Harrison of playing politics. He told
how when he was appointed in 1911,
the mayor first adroitly said it would
be quite necessary for him to sign a
resignation, not dated, before he
could be appointed. And then after
getting that the mayor told him that
tie would keep his hands off the
"If he wasn't playing politics why
lid he make the members of the
joard sign resignations before being
ippomted, said Harding. "I'll tell
be forced to jump when he cracked
"This present me,ss grew out of the
effort to get a new spelling'book for
the schools in opposition to the book
put out by the American Book Com
pany. "I went to Mrs. Young and told her
I was a union man and as such would
fight for a union-made book and
against the book of the American
Book Company. She approved myi
ideas at that time.
- "Had I known what would have
become of my talk at that time I
don't know what my attitude would
"Mrs. Young is a wonderful wo
man. She is a thinking machine. I
have said about her things I would
hesitate to say about any other per
son. But she is without heart or
"And now she has gone to work for
the Chicago Tribune at $15,000 a
year, so that that paper might have
the advertising benefits of her name.
"A short time ago a member of the
board suggested that we make Airs.
Young superintendent emeritus, a re
tired superintendent A salary with
out a job.
"Maybe the Trib thought over that
suggestion and after taking the land
from the school children of Chicago
has lifted this burden from the school
board and agreed to pay her pensior .
"The Trib is paying $40,000 fo
rent of property which they woul
,-ou why. It was because they would actually pay $80,000 for. And Mrfc.,
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