MARY O'REILLY SCORES THE
Miss Mary O'Reilly of the Teach
ers' Federation scored the commer
cial interests for dominating the
school system "at-r.the Grace church
open forum Sunday evening.
"The commercial interests," she
said, "are making the -schools fit the
industries and destroying the ideal
of American education by forcing the
children to be fitted only for mills and
"The Teachers' Federation -started
twenty years ago to fight for a demo
cratic school system and the school
crisis today is a struggle between the
teachers and the interests for the
control of our education. --
"It is not enough to teach children
to read and write. The school must
be the mother of the children. It must
make them normal, efficient and
"We must develop independence;
set the child free; make him do his
"The children must be taught ev
erything and sent into the world with
free minds. They must not be crip
pled by our education.
"The same interests that would
throttle freedom in education want
the children taught patriotism antf
to die for the flag. They would not
allow the Peace Society to hold a
Peace Day in the schools for fear that
it would conteract the jingo spirit of
"The schools are not ideal today.
But if we could get the money stolen
by the newspapers in midnight leases
we could prepare a course of study
that would give freedom to the chil
dren and teachers.
"The schools should be larger,
there should be fewer children to
the teacher, sub-normal children
.taken care of and hungry children
- "About every ten years there is an
epidemic of disease in the city, an
epidemic preventable by cleanliness. I
And .the schools where an average of
1,000 pupils pass back and forth ev
ery day are only scrubbed five times
"There is no way out of the present
school difficulty unless we elect the
Board of Education and make thern
responsible to the people."
During the discussion Dr. Dickin
son stated that there were 60,000
native children in Illinois who could
not read or write, pupils of private
schools who should have attended the
public school system.
WAR ON INDIAN CYCLES '
Amusement parks in Chicago using
the Indian motorcycle will be placed
on the unfair list of Chicago labor
unions. Metal Polishers' Union No.
6 is carrying on a war to stop the
sale of the machine in Chicago.
William Dailey, business agent of
No. 6, today sent to the Lincoln and
the South Park boards complete
statements of the union side of the
strike on at the Indian motorcycle
shops, Springfield, Mass. The com
pany cut wages $1.10 a day, 125 met
al polishers walked out, professional
strikebreakers have been imported
and are now housed and fed in the
shops, Dailey states. "The Massachu
setts state arbitration board offered
to help, but was turned down by the
The Lincoln park board is planning
to buy 12 machines. Dailey said the
Indian motorcycle will not be the one
The National Metal Trades Ass'n.
is backing the Indian Co.
CALLS ' EM MONKEY SHINES
Washington, May 18. The Honor
able Jim Mann of Illinois referred to
the women suffrage parade of May 9
as "monkey shines," and told women
callers that Congress would not be
one whit moved by any such "monkey
shines." The women of Mann's dis
trict in Chicago will doubtless show
him some monkey shines when vot
ing day arrives.
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