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GUARDIANS OF LIBERTY TO BE
CALLED IN QUIZ
Officers or members of the Guar
dians of Liberty may be brought be
fore the city council committee
schools investigation next- week.
Aldermen of the committee refuse
to be quoted, but they intimate
members of the Guardians of Lib
erty believe there is too much dark
lantern politics, too much whispering
and underhanded dickering going on
in the school board. In other words
politicians on the school board are
double-crossing, playing both ends
against the middle.
"There is a way by which we can
force the school board to produce its
records for our committee," said
Chairman Lynch of schools commit
tee today. 'We cannot divulge now
what this method is, but we shall
use it if school board members "and
officials can not grant our reason
able request for a view of records
that are public property."
Discussion was on today of a
method by which the city council
can directly oust school board mem
bers defiant of expressed policies of
city council Council must by law
confirm or reject the mayor's ap
pointments. Also the council ap
propriates the school fund. So ald
ermen are looking for a way to throw
off from the school board such trus
tees as have made the city council
look like a monkey for human dig
nity. Aid. John C. Kennedy is going to
try to arouse public sentiment for an
-elective school board. His idea is to
cut the number of trustees and elect
three every two years for terms of
six years each. He said: "Chicago Is
the only city in Illinois that has a
school board appointed by the mayor
and we have more trouble with our
board than all the otner cities com
bined. In appointing school trustees
the mayor discharges political obli
gations. Ability in educational mat
ters is only a secondary consideration."
John W. Eckhart, acting pres. of
the school board, saythat neither he
nor Sec'y Larson has any right to
turn ovei the school records in the
absence of Jake Loeb. He also doubts
Loeb's right to turn over the records
without the consent of the trustees.
He pointed to Judge Walker's ruling
that the council had nc right to the
school board records except on finan
cial matters. But the appellate court
later reversed Walker on this and the
matter is in the Supreme court.
AUSTRIANS B'ACKED AGAINST
Petrograd. Austrian force esti
mated at 20,000 and 30,000 has been
cut off by Russians southwest of
Russians attempting to squeeze
Austrians against foothills of Carpa
thians and effect their capture before
they can escajpe through mountain
From the'Holkynian battleground
northward, Germans continue most
stubborn- defense. Both on Riga
Dvinsk front and in fighting around
Schul, where the Russians have
made further progress, the enemy is
counter-attacking with great vig r.
- Paris. French troops broke lull in
fighting south 'of Somme last night,
with slight further advances.
London. Five thousand of the
kaiser's famous Prussian guardsmen
have been killed in fighting around
Contalmaison, west of Albert
Petrograd. Russian troops cap
tured villages of Boljitia, Cruziatln
and Manevitchi, in region of Kolki.
Berlin, via Wireless to Sayville.
Austrian troops have retreated from
their advanced lines in the bend of
the river Styr, in Volhynia, before
greatly superior Russian forces.
Berlin. On both sides of Somme
numerous repeated enemy attacks
repulsed with sanguinary losses. On
Verdun front French made several
fritless attacks on Froide Terre.
Weak advances against Damlop.