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MRS. YOUNG SAYS SHE WILL
QUIT HER JOB
Mrs. Ella Flagg Young -will drop
out After several stormy years as
the vortex of a whirlpool of factional,
political andreligious fights in the
head of the schools, she has again
practically sent in a resignation.
Once before, in 1914, .she tried to
pass up the position and her resigna
tion was accepted by a- board which
found the leadership of a smart,
square woman irksome.
But the combined forces of the
woman's clubs, civic organization,
Teachers' Federation, Mayor Harri
son and the Chicago American forced
the board to reconsider its work.
Her attitude toward the 7 per cent
wage cut and the successful fight she
waged to prevent slicing teachers'
salaries to make up the deficit, her
firm backing" of the Teachers' Feder
ation and the advent of Mayor
Thompson in .the city hall has made
a struggle this year doubtfuL
Big Business andthe newspapers
did not like her alignment with the
Teachers' Federation and her habit
of slamming some of their best ser
vants on the board. The support of
the administration, trust press and
some of the anti-Catholic civic or
ganizations is lost.
One firm bulwark against Big
Business will be swept away. The
only one who knows more about th'e
spending of school money than Louis
Larson, the $10,000 secretary, will
be dropped; the leader who played
square in religious disputes will go,
She tells why.
"During the last six months there
has been a constant pecking at
everything I have done," declared
Mrs. Young yesterday. "Nobody
wants to work feeling that there are
people on the board who don't want
them there. I should not have
thought of resigning if there had
"The question of age has been a
thing to conjure with. I hope that
some of the board members live to I
! be 70 and efficient and then be
thrown from their positions as too
Mrs. Young's 70 years have not
slowed up her work as superintend
ent; constant bickerings between
board factions has made her work
Backed now, rapped then by fac
tions of the board, made the center
of political fights and religious
troubles, the work that Mrs. Young
tried to do in the schools has been
Some of her best ideas of educa
tion, were lost because the majority
of the board was "anti-Young."
Many of her pet schemes for training
of young minds and bodies were kill
ed because Big Business would be
Hounded by the newspapers which
used their favorite tools, misrepre
sentation and "shading" on stories,
Mrs. Young has been scrapping
gamely to silence the fast traveling
slurs on the school system and keep
things running smoothly.
In the face of opposition she would
leave the school on Dec. 8, better
than they have ever been before, de
spite a year of practical bankruptcy
caused by the heedlessness -of former
OUR STREET CAR MONOLOGUE
"111 never hear Jack's footsteps on
the porch as the clock strikes eight
"And the parlor lamp will never
4-burn.low for him again!"
"You don t mean it?"
"He will never sit on the old plush
sofa again and call me pet names."
"Tonight I'll burn all the old love
letters in my bureau drawer!"
"What on earth did he do?"
"I'm going to chuck my sweet
heart I'm I "
"Why, old girl, why?"
"Because I'm going to marry