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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 14, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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Mrs. De Velde, "I am decidedly pro
American. I am opposed to any re
ligion being taught in the public
schools. I don't care what the faith
is, whether Lutheran, Christian Sci
ence or Roman Catholic. I am op
posed to any church having its prin
ciples taught in public schools. The
object of our organization is separa
tion of church and state.
"The Guardians of Liberty have
not taken any action one way or an
other relative to the Chicago Teach
ers' Federation. Some of our mem
bers believe the federation member
ship is strongly Catholic and is a bad
influence in the schools. Many other
members believe the federation un
justly persecuted by the school board.
Because the chief officer of the fed
eration, Miss "Margaret Haley, is a
political Roman Catholic, doubt has
been'cast on the federation: We are
still in the dark as to the federation.
"As an American citizen and as a
mother of three children who are at
' tending public schools, I feel that
certain matters connected with the
Baldwin senate committee demand
answer. A list of questions was pre
pared by Ernest W. J. Hughes, chair
man of the publicity committee, and
myself, and published in The States
Guardian of Illinois, our official pa
per, in May. Since theif publication
Myer Stein has filed a suit for $20,
000 damages against Mr. Hughes
and myself, but not declaring his
charges.
,"Myer Stein was the attorney for
the Baldwin committee. As a mem
ber of the Guardians of Liberty he
gave a public lecture at the Olympic
theater in April. It had been an
nounced that in this lecture he would
publicly clear up doubts Guardians
have as to the Baldwin commtitee,
its work and its origin.
"We blushed or shame at the gen
eralities which Stein ocered us in
place of the facts sought. It was fol
lowing this that we prepared for
publication the list of questions."
"Does your organization exist in 1
all parts of Chicago?" asked Aid.
Martin.
"Yes, and the United States," was
th ereply.
"Is anybody paying your expenses
for what you do for the organiza
tion?" "Decidedly not. I am doing this
as an American citizen and as a
mother who. has three children in the
public schools.
'T man American citizen, but I'm
a Catholic, too," said Martin. "Do
you have any objection to that?"
"If the Catholic church is a good
thing in your eyes, no Guardian of
Liberty objects to that A majority
of the Guardians of Liberty of Chi
cago do believe however, that the
Baldwin senate committee is contra
ry topublic welfare and the charges
that the committee was illegally cre
ated are true. The farther we in
quired the more decidedly we
changed our opinions in this matter."
Questions asked by Chairman
Hughes of Guardians of Liberty pub
licity committee and Mrs. De Velde
were read to the committee as fol
lows: 1 Is it true that the Baldwin com
mittee was originated by Ettelson?
If not, with whom dkl it originate?
2 IS it true that Ettelson was or
is the lawyer for the book trust?
3 If the purpose of the commit
tee was laudable, why was it illegally
formed?
4 How were the records of the
legislature changed to show that the .
resolution instituting the committee
was introduced, when as a matter of
fact no member of the legislature
ever heard it introduced?
5 If the purpose of the committee
was laudable, why -was no appeal
made to the public for funds and
support, to continue the investiga
tion? 6 What is the evidence the com
mittee has' that its members say
"would start a revolution in this
country" if told?
7 What evidence, if any, has the
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