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of a cunning plot and a sinister pur
pose, so foul, so treasonable to all
the whole spirit of the American re
public that it could not be fairly and
"And let me say that this .cunning,
sinister method of conducting public
business is a greater threat, a worse
menace, to the American republic
than the robberies and murders of
Mexican bandits on our border. One
is a daylight attack and we know
how to meet it. The other conceals
its purposes and motives, operates
like a thief in the night. I repeat' that
fundamental human rights for which
our fathers bled in the snow at Val
ley forge are made a mockery by
such action as that of the school
board yesterday. And I repeat that
Jacob M. Loeb is a more dangerous
and cunning enemy of the American
republic than Pancho Villa and the
marauders from Mexico. The Mex
ican outlaws have killed human be
ings. The Loeb school board crowd
has stolen away fundamental human
"Loeb and his supporters spit on
the AAmerican flag. That is the ef
fect." o o
SCHOOL BD. HITS TEACHERS'
UNION 68 FIRED
Jacob Loeb installed Sears-Roebuck
mail order house methods in
the school board of the city of Chi
cago yesterday. He fired 68 school
teachers. He didn't agree with the
religion or labor union habits of a big
part of them.
Of the 68 jobless, over half are
members of the Chicago Teachers'
Federation. Not One of these was
marked inefficient by the superinten
dent of schools. Some of the others
on the list may be inefficient, but
some, however, were fired because
certain trustees of the board had
grudges against them.
Nearly every officer of the Chicago
Teachers' Federation vas fired by
Loeb in his outburst. Ida Fursman,
president; Mary Dwyer, Frances
Harden, Ida Schifflin, secretaries;
Mary Murray, treasurer; Nora
O'Connor, organizer, and Amelia
Prendergast and May Freeman, vice
presidents, were slammed out of.
their jobs, although all have made
excellent records as teachers. Eliza"
Haley, sister of Margaret, business
head of the federation, went out, as"
did Nano Hickey, who lives with Miss
Haley, and Mary O'Reilly, member of
the executive board of the Chicago
Federation of Labor.
The three district superintendents
dropped were Wm. Dodge, Henry
Cox and Gertrude English. The lata
ter is known as a stanch friend or?
Three $5,000-a-year district super
intendents were cast aside by Loeb,
One was young and a sympathizer"
with the federation; the other two.
have grown old In the service. The
raid on superintendents has been ex
pected for almost a year, ever since
Thompson took the mayor's chair.
Thompson's friends will get the jobs,
it is expected.
Loeb slated two other superinten
dents for removal. Orville Bright and
Elizabeth Murphy, but they were'
saved by Dr. Peter Clemenson, who
traded his vote several times in re
turn for jobs. Miss Murphy was ap
pointed by Harrison and was very"
friendly to the federation.
If the courts uphold Loeb in hia
action he has won a bitter two-year
fight on the teachers. He jumped at
the Teachers' Federation so soon
after being appointed on the board
that it seemed he was placed there
for the purpose.
For the passage of the Loeb rule
he was -elected president of tha
board. Emboldened by this and safe
under the protecting arm of Big-Billr
he went ahead with a subterfuge
after the courts had forbidden his
committing the outrage aimed at in
his infamous Loeb rule.
Loeb's brother, Albert, is head of
the plant of Sears, Roebuck & Co.,
owned by Julius Rosenwald, million-