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THE TEACHERS' CASE. In all
the controversies, written or spoken,
no one to my knowledge not con
nected with the board or the teach
ing force has yet seen fit to come
forth with a clear, concise, unbiased
statement of facts concerning the
teachers' salaries. May I be par
doned for attempting to oo so?
Six years of preparation are re
quired of teachers four in high
school and two in the Normal, with
expenses mounting each year.
Through the Normal, five months of
cadeting awaits them. Some are as
signed as soon as this period is com
pleted and some are not One must
take one's chance. The cadet is paid
nothing for her work unless Bhe Is
substituting, that is, has charge of
a room when a regular teacher is
absent The cadet must work all the
time. If she is out and loses any
time she must make it up, for credit
is given only when a full five months'
work is completed.
When a teacher is assigned she
gets $67.50 per month for ten
months. If the teachers are paid by
the year, then the $675 she receives
must be divided by 12 in order to ob
tain the monthly rate, and this will
be considerably below the princely
sum of $67.50.
These figures are for primary
teachers. The grammar school teach
ers get $50 per year more all fhe way
through the schedule than do the pri
mary teachers. For four years after
assignment the teachers get the au
tomatic increase or raise each year.
Then, at the end of that time they
must turn in a certain number of
credits secured at an accredited
school. After this their pay will
increase until they get $123.50 per
month for ten months dr $102.75 per
month if the 12-month basis is used.
Of this $1,235 a year they receive
at this time $30 must be paid into the
teachers'. pension fund. Before the 1
teachers receive this $1,235 they
have been teaching ten years and
are 30 years old. That is, if they
have lost no time but get through
grammar school at 14, high school at
18 and Normal at 20 and were as
signed as soon as their five months'
cadeting was over. Elizabeth A. De
Velde, 5714 Berteau Av.
AN EARNEST NEGRO SPEAKER.
I am a black man out of the south.
I have worked in peonage in Louis
iana and served time in a Carolina
convict camp because a local con
tractor needed labor. I prepared for$
and passed a civil service examina
tion in Illinois only to be rejected by
the rotten "chdice out of three" rule
a legal subterfuge to keep out ne
groes. With education and ability better
than the average, I find no occupa
tion open to me except the marketing
of servility. Were the average devo
tee of the southern cult to undergo
the oppression I have met he would
die out of sheer self pity. Through
it all I have held a faith that the
negro would receive justice only in.
proportion to the power of those peo
ples who have known injustice them
selves, but I was wrong.
Yesterday I went to see "The Birth
of a Nation" and sat behind an Irish
man and a Jew. The negro' was a
menace to the nation they told each
other. To give him equal rights
would be disaster. They were all
right In their place, but should be
kept in their place. Here is a man
whose people have been persecuted
for 2,000 years and another whose
traditional religion is one of brother
hood, son of a nation that has a his
tory of noble revolt against tyranny,
yet they can find no better occupa
tion than kicking an under dog.
And because one of them carried a
Day Book I write this opinion of mine
in hope that he will see it Friend, I
would rather be black, black as the
ace of spades, If a race that is only
six generations but of the jungle,