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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 03, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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STANDS FOR THIS LOEB STUFF, AND MAKES OF THE PUBLIC
SCHOOLS A PART OF THE POLITICAL SPOILS SYSTEM, HE WILL DO
MORE HARM TO THE SCHOOLS THAN WAS EVER DONE BEFORE BY
ALL THE ENEMIES OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOL COMBINED.
I say this is one who favored the election of Bill Thompson as mayor.
How far the council can go in making its investigation, I do not know,
but I do know this that council will render a splendid public service if it
will probe to the bottom every phase of the public school row, including
every charge against the Teachers' Federation. I would like to see those
who make the various charges put on the witness stand and given a chance
to make good.
Let's have the WHOLE TRUTH. .Let the people know ALL ABOUT
JT. Then we can trust to their good judgment to see that wrongs are
righted and the right thing is done.
NO MORE PUSSY-FOOTING. LET'S HAVE PLAIN TALK AND
STRAIGHT TALK. MANY HONEST CITIZENS ARE- PUZZLED. THEY
DON'T KNOW WHAT'S THE MATTER. THEY WANT TO KNOW.
TURN ON THE LIGHT. GIVE THE PEOPLE THE WHOLE TRUTH,
POLITICS, RELIGION AND EVERYTHING ELSE. IT IS FOR THE GOOD
OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND THE GLORY OF CHICAGO.
SCHOOL BOARD AND RELIGIOUS ISSUE UP FOR
LIVE TALK IN CHI. FED. OF LABOR
Business connections, use of slush
money, and the chase for personal
profits, were discussed in the Chicago
Federation of Labor yesterday as be
hind the attack on the Teachers'
Federation. It was stated there are
fingers itching to get a grip on the
$1,000,000 pension fund and the easy
money of real estate and fire insur
ance operators, building contractors
and school land leaseholders was
mentioned as a factor.
The 7,800 teachers now running
the classrooms of the public schools
of Chicago are warned through the
Loeb dismissal of 68 teachers,- of
whom 41 had marks as "excellent"
and "superior," that they must go
slow in questioning the moves of Big
Business. Over half these 7,800
teachers are members of the Chicago
Teachers' Federation, and if the fed
eration had never fought the Cooley
bill so earnestly wished for by Big
Business, nor forced increased tax
schedules onto Big Business, nor lob
bied for woman's ten-hour laws and
child labor laws hated by Big- Busi
ness, there wouldn't have been any
such, wholesale discharge of federa
tion officials by Jake Loeb and his
school board majority last week,
speakers said.
The religious issue is being used to
grab riclf pickings in business and
to build up political machines, sev
eral speakers stated. Every delegate
who talked on the religious question
said the Guardians of Liberty have
been tricked, and instead of saving
the public schools through the moves
of Jake Loeb, the public schools will
only be worse off when Crooked
Business and Crooked Politics get
their snouts together in the trough
of exploitation.
"Take it from me," said Morton L.
Johnson of Electrical Workers No.
134 and the Public Ownership
league, "I'm not a Catholic. 1 don't
belong to any church. If I thought
the Teachers' Federation was dom
inated by Catholics and was a men
ace to the public school system, I
would fight the Teachers' Federation
to a finish.
"You boys know me. You know
my fight all the time as a union man
has been against the crooked opera
tions of big business
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