MARSHALL FIELD CO. PULLS
FUNNY DEAL ON SCHOOL BOARD
Marshall Field & Co. was given a
rap at the finance committee meet
ing of the board of education yester
day. Field's will get a-Jetter from the
board of education with"" queries as
to that firm's method of doing busi
ness. The board of education opened bids
for a large number of the door mats
to be used in the schools. Marshall
Field & Co. sent in the best samples
and prices; a New York concern's
article was second, and J. V. Farwell
got third place in the bidding.
When necessary red-tape had been
completed by the board of education,
the secretary was given orders to
purchase the mats.
He ordered the mats from Field's.
Several days passed and neither mats
nor explanations were received from
the big State street store. So he
called them up.
He was politely informed that since
store had bid on the mats, prices had
gone up 20 per cent and Marshall
Field & Co. would not fill the order
at the price quoted.
Now the schools are without mats
and the spring season with its mud
and water comes in a few weeks. At
the suggestion of Trustees Otis i"d
Piggott at yesterday's meeting of the
finance committee, the big firm win
be asked to give an explanation.
ONE STRAW HAT MUST DO FOR
New York, March 11. "Repeat
ers" will be at a premium this sum
mer. Hats will be passed but once, and
there will be no seconds, according to
a warning sent out yesterday by the
straw hat manufacturers and bleach
ers. "Pick a good one while you are
picking," is their advice, "for there
will be no second crop."
The reason is simple. The war
shut off the foreign peroxide supply,
cutting down bleaching concerns to
jthree-fifths time and leaving Niagara
T Electro-Chemical Company only
source of supply. Wednesday a fire
and a series of explosions put the
Niagara concern so completely out of
business that it will not ship another
pound of peroxide before the beating
rays of a summer's sun have come.
PLAN FOR CHEAPER SCHOOL
BOOKS GATHERS POWER
The campaign of the Chicago Ty
pographical union to give the school
children of the city books made bet
ter and cheaper by the board of edu
cation itself, is progressing rapidly.
Five thousand names were signed to
petitions being circulated by the
union in the first week.
The petition calls attention to the
fact that the board of education has
already put into use in the schools a
speller costing eight cents, whereas
the children are paying 35 cents for
an inferior book a few months ago.
The eight-cent book is manufactured
in the board's own printing shops.
A desire to see all books used by
the children of the city made by the
board of education at similar reduc
tions in price is expressed by the
signers of the petition.
Edwin R. Wright, president of the
Typographical union, in explaining
the purpose of the campaign, points
out that the municipal manufacture
of books will put the book trust out
of business in Chicago. The plants
of the big school book makers of this
city are operated by scab labor; the
school board under union labor con
ditions can put out a better book at
one-fourth the price.
A saving for the children and pa
rents will be effected. The only loser
is the book trust, which threatened
the board of education several times
when displeased with -propositions
offered it, Wright says.
London. War saving committee's
merciless economy took ambitious
turn when statement demanded
women economize on Easter bonnets.
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