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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 24, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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MARGARET HALEY WINS AGAIN! SANDBURG
MAKES SUGGESTION TO TRIBUNE AND NEWS
BY CARL SANDBURG
Margaret Haley wins again. Often
she loses. She lost when the Illinois
Manufacturers' ass'n lobby with the
aid of Sen. Percy Baldwin as leader
killed the nine-hour law for -women.
She lost when the child labor bill was
smothered. But she won when the
Cooley bill, backed by the Commer
city club, Illinois Steel Co. and other
interests, was beaten.
She lost when the board of educa
tion slammed the door in the face of
a city council committee and refused
to let the people of Chicago have a
look at how Sec'y Lewis Larsen
keeps books on public money. She
lost when Sen. Sam Ettelson's reso
lution to create the Baldwin commit
ted to investigate Chicago schools
was slipped into a "corrected" senate
journal without debate and without
knowledge of senators who would
have asked questions if the job was
done openly. r
She lost when the Baldin commit
tee with Myer Stein as attorney came
on to Chicago and staged witnesses
like Jake Loeb and Contractor Hol
push to knife the' federation. And
again when Margaret Haley left town
for a rest after months of nerve-racking
toil she was a loser when Jake
Loeb and Bill Rothman, two of our
best woman-fighters, sprang their
school board resolution." td drive all
teachers out of the federation.
She was a winner when State's
At'ty Hoyne decided the federation
fight is the people's fight and joined
his name to the petition for injunc
tion. And Haley won again when
Judge John M. O'Connor yesterday
put a bright shine on the drab judi
ciary of Cook county with a decision
that the school board must keep
hands off the federation.
So it goes. For fifteen years this
one little woman has flung her
clenched fists .into the faces of con
tractors, school lands. lease holders,
taxdodgers and their politicians, fix
ers, go-betweens and stool-pigeons.
Now she wins. And now she loses.
Over this long stretch of years in
which brown hair has turned gray
and then white, the Tribune, the
News and the ramified gang of ma
nipulators who hate Margaret Haley
have not been able to once smutch
her in the eyes of the decent men and
women of this town who do their
own thinking.
When Billy Hard quits the Tribune
as editorial writer and goes into mag
azines the first thing he does is write
a story of the work of Margaret
Haley. He told how the teachers
were a driven, exploited low-paid
class without even right of petition.
He told how they were organized and
how they made a tax fight that ended
incorporations being assessed at 10
per cent on capital stock, and this
brought over $250,000 more a year
Into the school fund, out of which it
was possible to give a pay raise to
the women.
Billy Hard rated the Haley woman
a great, brfiliant, aggressive figure of
historic size. 'But he couldn't have
printed it in the Tribune.
"She fills the shoes of Altgeld bet
ter than any man now living in Illi
nois," said an old-timer in Judge
O'Connor's courtroom yesterday.
In her speeches and bulletins she
has the Altgeld straight and simple
way of clinging to naked facts and
asking direct questions. Her battles
have been with the same "eternal
monopoly" crowd Altgeld was ham
merlocked with. '
On the funeral day of this Haley
woman, Bertie McCormick, if he lasts
on the Tribune as publisher, will
order Tiffany Blake, chief editorial
writer, to write "a few tears for the
sister." Unless somebody with eye
sight and red blood gets control of
the Tribune it will be the same way
with Haley as it was with Altgeld. Hq

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