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SCHOOL TRUSTEES RAISE A
KICK ON PUBLICITY
Jacob M. Loeb, who sells insurance
as a business and serves on the board
of education buildings and grounds
committee as a patnotsaid at the
committee meeting yesterday that
John W. Eckhart got "indecent pub
licity" about his land deal with the
For weeks and months there has
been dickering about a site for the
Marquette school. Eckhart's proper
ty at 1903 Monroe sty was picked by
the sites committee.
Mrs. Mary Lyons, who lives in that
school district, came before the sites
committee and said it looked like a
raw deal for a real estate owner like
John W. Eckhart to sell real estate to
the Chicago school board of which he
is a m'ember.
Then Eckhart said he never meant
to sell the real estate to the school
board. His plan all along was to give
it as a present free gratis to the
school board. He added that he wish
es it to be a memorial to his daughter.
Jake Loeb and Bill Rothman both
stated at the meeting yesterday that
Eckhart told them weeks ago he was
going to make a present of the prop
erty. Chairman Robert Roulston, how
ever, thought all along that Eckhart
wanted money for his property and
the school board would pay Eckhart
money and it would be a strictly busi
ness deaL This was Roulston's state
ment to newspapers.
Everybody out around the Mar
quette school who couldn't read the
secrets of John Eckhart's bosom be
lieved it was to be a cash-for-real-es-tate
transaction and there was all the
haggling of a cash land deal about it
Now, however, Bill Rothman pub
licly accuses and belittles Mrs. Mary
Lyons for what Rothman calls "spite
work." "In view of the unfortunate public
ity which has been given this inci
pient," said Rothman, "in. which a,
woman sought to discredit Mr. Eck-j
hart it seems timely to take note of
the ease and facility with which per
sons are allowed to make false accu
sations against reputable persons be
fore this board. I am informed that
the woman who came before the
committee has no children and is in
no way interested in the site. She is
interested in venting her spite on Mr,
Eckhart when it is known he lent his; -
influence to cleaning out Madison st US
in that neighborhood."
Rothman is a law partner of Roy
0. West and Percy Eckhart Percy,
is a nephew of John W. Eckhart
Committee voted unanimously to,
accept the gift of Mr. Eckhart The'
school will be named after MisS.
Eunice Eckhart t
Friends of Mrs. Mary Lyons say shd
will rise and protest again any time
she believes a public official is trying
to sell his own property to a public
body of which he is a member.
When Trustee Eckhart made d
speech yesterday offering his proper
ty as a gift, the school to be named
or his daughter, his voice had a catch'
In it and there were tears in his eyes.
Trustees Collins, Sonsteby and Mrs.
Gertrude Howe Britton spoke in ap
Dreciation of Eckhart's donation.
DUMBA GETS HIS RECALL
Lenox, Mass., Sept 28. "All dress
ed up and no place to go" described
predicament of Ambassador and
Mme. Dumba at their summer home'
her today. Dumba trunks are pack
ed and ambassador and his wife are
ready to depart Oct. 5. The formef
ambassador got his unofficial recall
at state dep't today.
Ambassador Penfield advised de
partment that appointment of suc
cessor to. Dumba has already been.1 ),
taken up by Austrian'foreign office
and announcement is expected in
few days. This -information is bfr-"
lieved to dispose of rumor that Ausf
tria might indicate her displeasure
over Dumba's recall by leaving post
here vacant for a" time.
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