CLAIM TEACHERS BEING MADE
Sounding a warning to the Jacob
Loeb faction of the school board to
lay off the school teachers, a citi
zens' committee called attention to
a state into which the board was
drifting at a protest meeting yester
day. That certain elements on the board
are working to bring about condi
tion that will make the teachers po
litical footballs and that will keep
every woman in the city's schools in
constant fear of losing her job was
the cry sounded by the committee.
A statement issued follows, in
"The merit clause under attack
was adopted by the board of educa
tion about twenty-five years ago to
put an end to an intolerable condi
tion. For months before each an
nual teachers' election all possible
pressure (political and otherwise)
was exerted to secure their re-election.
This produced demoralization
of both the board's legitimate busi
ness and the work of the schools.
"The board finally adopted the
present merit clause to end this in
tolerable situation. It made a teach
ers' efficiency record during the year
the basis of re-election or failure of
"The proposed amendment leav
ing out the merit clause will result
in a return to the old 'pull' system.
This is the experience of the past.
Human nature has not changed. Re
turn to the old conditions would be
The committee got together to
prove, among other things, that the
Chicago Teachers' Federation was
not alone in its fight for a system
of competent teachers in Chicago's
Among those who acted on the
committee which was notable for a
lack of the city's "best" big busi
ness men were: Mary McDowell,
Harriet Vittum. Victor Olander, Mrs.
Raymond Robins, Jane Addams,
Mrs. George Bass, Grace Abbott, J. L.
Jones, J. F. Fitzpatrick, Mrs. Grace
Trout and Aids. Buck, Merriam..
Kennedy and McCormick.
HEALEY FINDS A "RESERVOIR"
SCOOPS HIS STAFF
Somewhere in the Stanton Av.
police precinct a reservoir was hid
den which supplied various brands
of moisture to the South Side over
Sunday. CapL Healey, commanding
this district, has been searching for
this supply station for weeks. Yes
terday he found it and today Chief
Healey will tell Mayor Thompson
how the saloon of Fiori Bros, at 3210
Cottage Grove was open on Sunday.
After being refused admittance,
CapL Healey tackled a man coming
from the side door who was feeling
good. "You knock three times and
tell the fellow who asks you who you
are that you're the 'little old man of
the sea,' " Healey was told. "Then
when they ask what you want you
say: 'I'm dying for a drink.' " Healey
followed directions and scooped his
STECER, PIANO MAN, DEAD
The two sons of John Valentine
Steger, millionaire piano man, are
convinced that their father dropped
dead of heart disease and fell into
the reservoir where he went to feed
his pet gold fish. His body was
found there Sunday afternoon.
Today an inquest will be held. A
pulmotor did not revive him and
there was no evidence of water in
He was born in Germany in 1854,
came to America in 1871 with 12
cents, and, after holding job as car
penter's ass't, started in piano, busi
ness on credit.
Remember a few weeks ago how
you wished the papers would print
something except war? How about
abolishing national conventions?
Here's an argument for direct primaries.
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