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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 15, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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SHOUTS OF "INVISIBLE GOVERNMENT" ARE
HURLED AT BOSS LOEB AT HOT-MEETING
against Mrs. Thornton's motion and
it carried. Loeb's original crowd
was joined by Eckhardt and Sethness
on this vote.
Otis, who is not a member of the
managing committee, dropped in to
fight the Loeb crowd's scheme to
rush, things. "This is the rawest
thing ever attempted by a school
board," he said. "These teachers are
given no hearing. We don't know
why they're going to be dropped.
There is an invisible government be
hand this school board and only that
invisible government knows the hid
den purpose behind the overthrow
ing of the merit rule."
"It's only justice to the school
teachers," shouted Loeb.
"Who's going to determine the jus
tice?" asked Otis. "The invisible
Say Loeb Bossism Has Shot
School Board Spirit-All
to Smash.
Charging that the school system
of Chicago was under the complete
control of an "invisible govern
ment," which was now manipulating
the teachers' list to its own advan
tage, Trustee Ralph C. Otis today
caused a sensation at the meeting of
the school board managing commit
tee. Before this attack occurred Pres.
Jake Loeb had gaveled away the
teachers' last chance of obtaining
some information before Loeb pre
sents his list of those teachers who
are to retain their jobs to the full
school board next Wednesday.
Mrs. Frances Thornton, one of
Jake Loeb's crowd, presented a reso
lution asking that the list of 8,000
Chicago school teachers be referred
to the school board for Wednesday's
meeting without further discussion.
Mrs. John McMahon leaped to her
feet and demanded that the teachers
be given the right to know who were
going to be discharged and why. She
asked that the matter be referred
to Sup't of Schools Shoop, with' the
understanding that he post the list
of the teachers to be dropped three
days before Wednesday's meeting.
Only in this manner, Mrs. McMahon
argued, would the teachers be given
a fair chance.
Loeb immediately moved to table
Mrs. McMahon's motion and his
crowd fell in behind him. Those who
took his side were: Kruetgen, Mrs.
Thornton and Mrs. Vosbrick. Har
ris Huehl voted with Mrs. McMahon.
Eckhardt and Sethness would not
take a chance on voting on this.
Loeb then shut off all speech
government? Why aren't the citizens
of Chicago let in on this. Why Is the
invisible government so secret In its
plan?"
After the meeting Mary McDowell,
head of the University of Chicago
settlement, said: "The spirit of the
board is worse than their action.
Everybody is afraid of something.
The teachers are afraid, the princi
pals are afraid and even the board
members are afraid. So the board
members rush things for fear the
public might find out something
about the secret manner in which
the school system is managed. The
citizens of Chicago should know
what's behind all this. That's why
we're holding the mass meeting at
the Auditorium theater Saturday
afternoon."
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Kansas City, Mo. Wm, Mansfield
waived extradition, being taken to
Red Oak, Iowa, to face charge of
murdering six persons at Villisc'a,'.
Iowa, in 1912. Says he was working
at Swift packing plant in Milwaukee
at time of killings.

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