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TRIB. SITS ON SOFT SCHOOL
LAND AND YELLS FOR LOEB
The Trib is copping the News'
stuff. This morning, quoting a mys
terious "trustee of the board" who
did not want his name mentioned, it
predicted that Jake Loeb would be
elected head of the school board.
The Trib says that because Ralph
G. Otis had a talk with Ella Flagg
Young, retiring superintendent, his
chances to handle the chairman's
gavel are nil. If Otis shows that he
may sympathize with the members
of the board who sided with Margaret
Haley he hasn't a chance, this mys
terious person is quoted as saying.
Otis, the Trib says, had fifteen
votes for president of the school
board until he left the board rooms
with Mrs. Young at the last meet
ing. Then, according to the sheet
which profits by a soft school land
lease, most of these slipped away
from him to Jake Loeb.
Otis is the blustefing big business
man of the board. He is rich partly
because his family owns a lease on
the northeast corner of the loop
school block, State and Madison
streets, one of the most valuable
pieces of land in Chicago.
And Loeb is brother to Albert Loeb,
lieutenant to Julius Rosenwald, phil
anthropist who was indicted because
he failed to file a tax schedule on his
Sears-Roebuck mail order stock. Al
bert is vice president of the mail order
Loeb is the one who concocted the
notorious Loeb rule which was in
tended to fire all teachers who didn't
quit the Chicago Teachers' Federa
tion. The courts balked Loeb in this.
The teachers backed State's Att'y
Hoyne, it will be remembered, in his
battle with Rosenwald over unpaid
'The Trib in its headline announces:
"Trustees say they fear Mrs. Young's
influence if Otis heads the board."
But this mysterious trustee whom
the News and Tribune delight in
quoting does not say just why they
should fear Mrs. Young's influence.
None of them have brought oilt any
thing against her during her stay in
If the Tribune's mysterious trus
tees likes Loeb let's have Otis. Be
cause: The Tribune usually sides with big
business in school affairs.
It occupies school land and Is pay
ing rent to the schools on. a valua
tion which was set in 1895, as -though
the land had never Increased in worth
Its "midnight land lease deal"
called a fraud by late Gov. Altgei
when he went to the legislature fti
fight the interests with which the'
Tribune was friendly.
That was 1895. In 1915, quoting af
mysterious trustee who does not
want his name mentioned, the Trib
hopes out loud that Loeb will be
CLAIM CASE AGAINST HALPIN
STRONGEST SO FAR
John Halpin, former detective
chief on trial charged "with taking
protection money from con men,
must break down a bigger mass of
evidence than was brought out by
State's Att'y Hoyne in any of the f oun
previous police cases this summer;
which all resulted in conviction.
Testimony outside of the state-?
ments of well-known crooks was up
Letters signed with Halpin's name
written to the Boston police, saving
Frank S. Ryan from arrest, were
read. The defense says Halpin did
not write the letters.
Postmaster and messenger from
Hot Springs, Ark., testified to deliv
ery of registered letter to Halpin on
date Barney Bertsche says Halpin
got money from him. i
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