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Sea that charred trapdoor, the
flame-licked stairs, the big hole rent
by a fireman's ax?
Behind that door twelve persons
died because thaKjIoor was bolted.
Eight girls, humble-employes of
the Diamond Candy Co., in Brook
lyn; four men, honest and capable
husbands and fathers sacrificed on
the altar of human carelessness and
inhuman greed I
Above that door was the fourth
floor of the factory firetrap a rag
ing furnace of death.
Below that door was the avenue to
safety through which those twelve
workers could have fled.
On that door was the cruel steel
lock that kept them in a flaming hell.
Oh, well "it won't happen again!"
WILL THE SCHOOL TEACHERS
BE THE ONES HIT?
Vic Lawson's Chicago Daily News
rests on school land. Because 'of
some shady deals pulled off in 1895
the News, unless forced by the courts,
will pay rent to the schools as though
the land were worth $16.67 cents a
door to the News th Hotel
La Salle bought its land on an aver
age of $191 a foot It pays on that
valuation. Directly across the street
Vogelsang's restaurant leased land
for $36.75 a foot
Next to Vogelsang's a lot sold for
$37.50 a foot; another lot in tthe
block sold for $43.00; others for
$38.88 and $37.
But the News pays the schools rent
which is based on a valuation of
$16.67 a square foot
The school board has been bank
rupt for two years. The cause of this
is too little rent coming in from
school lands and an extravagant
method of spending money.
With the schools broke and the
News paying rent absurdly small
something may possibly be done to
take the plum from Vic Lawson So
the deficit, he figures, must be met in
another manner. The simplest way
is by cutting teachers' salaries.
The Daily News, therefore, started
yesterday what looks like a campaign
to force a cut in teachers' salaries.
Quoting a mysterious "member of
the board," Vic Lawson's sheet said
that a "cut in teachers' salaries is
A half column was spent to prove
that the only way to settle the debts
of forme rextravagant school boards,
which paid $13,000 for fancy barom
eters and spent $500 a month in de
livering pay checks in autos instead
of by mail was by taking away parts
of the salaries of teachers.
Vic Lawson went on to show that
Trustee Peterson, formerly a strong
Teachers' Federation man, who
bucked the teachers on the Loeb rule
and was turned down by the city
council when nominated to succeed
himself on the school board, should
vote against the teachers and for a
Believing that the News story will
commence a bitter campaign of pub
licity such as made the attempted
eviction of the Chicago Teachers'
Federation possible, the teachers
have already set in to make the News
stunt a boomerang.
Three big mass meetings with
teachers as speakers and with the
public invited will be held in differ
ent parts of the city. Taxpayers and
parents who are interested in the
schools will be told why some news
papers are so willing to quote anony
mously a trustee of the school board
who says the teachers' wages should
be cut and that automatic increases
The Daily News rent deal and the
Tribune school land lease may be ex
plained to thousands of citizens.
New York.Bulldog mounted on
double-runner skates was freak of
1 horse show. Publicity stunt? Sure.
He is owned-by that greatest of all
, Broadway favorites, Miss 1