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LETTERS TO EDITOR
OPEN LETTER TO. MR$. YOUNG
My Dear Mrs. Young It has often
been a "matter of serious considera
tion to, me to bring before you the
subject of technical education in the
city schools, and" particularly the
For a moment, let me tell you that
I am not in any way putting diffi
culties in your way, for no one who
reads the t daily papers can help see
ing that you have your portion.
But, Mrs. Young, the poor man's
child does not get the advantages
he deserves; nor does 'he get the op
portunities which his richer neigh
bors have had. '
To bring things down to actual
facts, you know that most .of the
high schools are crowded. In some
cases we are fortunate in having suf
ficient teachers and absence of room.
In other instances, and this is the
most serious thing I have to bring
before you, the absence of teachers
and more than abundance of boys.
I. shall just take anexample: Atthe.
Lewis Institute the teacher in fom
dry work has generally 15 boys. This
is the same in the carpentry and
woodturning shops. This is. up-to-date
information, as I have it from
a -neighbor of mine who is -well-to-do.
As a matter of fact,, no one goes to
the Lewis Institute who is-not- able
to pay, and payment comes from
those who have money, and none
have money but well-to-do.
The same can be said of -the Ar
mour Institute also, 15 boys in foun
dry shop under one teacher. And
the instructor says he cannot teach
more. Yes, he can have more in his
class, but certainly not teach them.
Now at the Crane Technical high
school the instructor has generally
forty boys, or, to put It more cor
rectly, between thirty .and -forty, at
foundry work; so also forging; so
also machine shpp. ' The same can
be 'said of mostly all the other nigh
schools in the city.. .
Is this, -dp ypu think,, a, fair per-.-ceritaga
of children to one man. This '
being as you know "the most impor-tant-bnanph
of education to the poor
man's, child. On this. the very ex-,
istence of our future depends. You
have promised a few, days ago (by an
article I saw in the Tribune) that ypu
would devbte a good part of your
energy to this braneh of education.
It is a very important branch and
you know it, and we ask you in jus
tice and fair play to consider the poor
man's child in your coming adminis
tration. This is the only thing a poor man'
can afford to his chfld--an educat
iipn. Try then and have sufficient
teachers 'tor the technical portion so
that the child may not have, to wait
for the little one man can give to a
multitude. P. P. Fox, 1010 Bel
DUNN ON TAYLOR
Editor Day Book Kindly allow me
to answer briefly through your non
suppressible paper the article by Mr.
'Graham Taylor of Dec. 12, in the
Daijy News, entitled, ' "Standards as
County Changes Hands."
Why is Mr. Taylor so peeved over
the defeat pf his pet social wcrkers?
Is it because he imagined it was one
pf his inherited prerogatives tp select
all candidates fcr the people? I must
inform him the undisputed right to
that privilege belongs to the estima
ble gentleman on Dearborn street.
What proof has Mr. Taylor that the
vote for the present board of com
missioners may not have been the
choice of the people?
Has he some suppressed key other
than the ballot? I believe the peo
ple try their cases in ttfe ppen, upon
their merits only, therefore what evi
dence has the gentleman that the
people desired, to retain his friend
Alex in office? ' What evidence does
Mr. Taylor offer for this statement
that the people repudiated partisan
control of their affairs by electing
Alex over Peter in 1912 and. did no