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Young, the great friend of the school
children, has become affiliated with
such people." "
After that he told how, after agree
ing with his proposition, she sudden
ly switched over to the American
Book Company side and accused me
of trying to influence her. That was
last May when she resigned.
"Since that time I have been de
liberately ,been trying to line up
enough votes to beat her and I am
proud of the fact that I did." said
Miss Haley's speech was dramatic.
She opened by reading from a Chi
cago Association of Commerce bulle
tin a speech wherein John D. Shoop,
successor of Mrs. Young, declared
himself as being proud to belong to
that great body on account of what
they stood for.
"And it was the Association of
Commerce which was behind the
Cooley vocational bill that proposed
making scabberies of the public
schools," said Miss Haley. And a
great roar of indignation swept over
"I want to tell you a story that
might show where John Harding
stood. William Bothmann, the real
villain of the school board, was try
ing to organize a number of princi
pals and teachers that would support
liim and the measures Big Business
stood for. It was admitedly a scab
"When the pension bill came up
before the legislative committee,
John Harding, chairman of the com-
A mittee, came to me and asked me to
sit at these meetings along with
members, of the scab organization. I
was surprised that Harding, a pro
fessed union man, would .ask me to
do that. But finally to protect our
interest seven representatives, in
cluding myself, of the Teachers' Fed
eration went over.
I "The bill Rothmann was shoving
through was to take control of the
t pension fund out pf the hands of the
I teachers, to whom it belonged, and 1
place it in ttie hands of the board.
"The bill was approved by tne
mqeting. After the meeting I went
up to Harding and reproached him
for it. I predicted that it would never
go through. He smiled complacent
ly. "0, yes it will," he said, "you and
your followers have indorsed it."
And this lie was scattered broadcast.
"Then I went to Harding and ask
ed him tp correct the wrong done; to
give me a letter admitting that the
teachers did not approve the bill. He
hemmed and hawed at first. We kept
after him day and night for almost
.a week. He refused and- clung to
Rothmann, the agent of Big Busi
ness. "And now I'm going to tell for the
first time how I got that letter. I got
it, not from John Harding, but from
A near riot then started in the hall.
There was howls, hisses, applause
and wild charges in the air. Harding
jumped to his feet and shouted a de
nial. His supporters hissed Miss.
Haley, but the Federation insisted one
her telling more.
"It was the first time I had seen
Lawrence since Harrison was elect-
ed," she continued. "I fought Law-
rence then. He wanted some stuff
about the Tribune land steal. And
though I had no use for the Examiner f
I was willing to get publicity about
that in anything. I went up to his
office and told him about Harding.
He got Harding on the 'phone right
away. A few hours afterward we got
the letter." '
Harding denied this charge and
said he had given the letter to Kath-,
erine Goggin, of the Federation. He
said he had no more use for Andy,
Lawrence than the Chicago Federa-,"
tion had and only knew him in a.
A standing vote was taken on the
resolution and as there was consider-1
able conflict, Mrs. Robins asked thatx
it go to the schools committee for an-,
investigation. This carried.