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THE DAY BOOK j
W. A COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
800 S. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO. IIX.
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In . Chi
cago. 30 cents a lonth. By Mall.
United States and Canada. 3.00 a
Entered as second-class matter April
21. 1914. at the postofflce at Chicago.
111., under the Act of March 3, 1879.
t the public schools and the right of
the children to be taught by free
If the real estate operators, con-1
tractors, pension fund sharks and
school land leaseholders now back
ing Jake Loeb can have their way
and enforcre their wills on this com
munity we will be at a standstill and :
we will keep, instead of changing
and shaping for better things, this
CHICAGO CIVILIZED. Three nationally-known
scientists, often rated
among the great men of Chicago,
died this summer and spring by the
violence of their own hands. This
is Chicago civilization.
An Abyssinan, rejected from mili
tary service, writing and muttering
a mumbo-jumbo religion, calling his
., place "The House of -God," buys a
rifle, barricades himself, slaughters
men, women, an unborn child and a
veteran policeman. This, too, is Chi
A Russian Jew, whose ancestors
were persecuted and proscribed in
Kovno, sits as school board president
and wrecks civil service in the pub
lic school system, suppresses discus
sion in a public parliamentary body
and slams the door in the face of al
dermen who ask for specific facts
about contracts and school land
deals. Again, Chicago civilization.
A police chief who says his patrol
men are the bravest, keenest men of
their craft in the world, peremptorily
strangles their attempt to form a so
cial, athletic and efficiency associa
tion. More Chicago civilization.
Thirteen police killed in two years
by gunmen and yeggs. And in one
six-week period 15 children run to
death in the streets by trucks and
motor cars while authorities refused
enforcement of a fender ordinance.
No issue that has arisen among
these is more important than that of ,
WRECKER JAKE LOEB. Is any
one justified in calling Jake Loeb
a "civil service wrecker''?
On June 14 the school board dom- '
inated by the Jake Loeb majority
struck out from Chapter 2, Article 1,
Sec. 4, the "Meritorious Service
Clause" which stated that "all spe
cial teachers, all pripcipals and other
teachers who have not been notified
of unsatisfactory service work dur
ing the preceding year shall be re
elected for the ensuing year."
This piece of strong-arm work
drew .from the public affairs commit
tee of the City club comments like
"We feel strongly that this elim
ination, jeopardizing as it does the
tenure of position of the educational
force, would be a dangerous, back
ward step, violating the spirit of civil
service and the merit system.
"This would make it possible to
drop teachers at the end of the
school year without notice' assign
ment of cause, or opportunity for
hearing. It is a condition obviously
favorable to the building up of a po
litical machine in the educational
"The board of education can hard
ly expect the support of public opin
ion in removing on a week's notice
what has for a quarter of a century
proved a safeguard against politics
and favoritism in the public school
"Obviously revolutionary changes
in the conduct of our schools should
not be adopted summarily and with-