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POSTOFFICE PEEVED AT JAKE LOEB FOR
SPRINGING "POISON PEN" YARN
sticking fast for him. A delegation
of former.students held a mass meet
ing and voiced their belief in his innocence.
Jacob M. Loeb, school boss of Chi
cago, seems in a fair way to get in
bad with tfie government It's all
about the Heil case and the publicity
that Loeb got from it.
When Mrs. Marie Moore, 1115 E.
58th St., began to get filthy letters
and when her friends and employers
were warned against her in other
notes, she took the letters to the
That was in July, and Gen. Jas. E.
StuarJ, postal inspector, set federal
sleuths on the case. They figured
John Heil, principal of the Morgan
Park high school, was the man who
sent the letters. But they wanted to
make sure and get a good case on
him if he was guilty.
They were ready to spring their
evidence this week. There was a lot
of surprise, therefore, in the Federal
building Sunday morning, when the
Heil story broke.
Jacob Loeb had called Heil to his
office, accused him of writing the
"poison pen" letters, got Heil to ad
mit it and then bullied him into
signing his name to a resignation
from his high school job and then
called in the morning paper report
ers. Loeb got a write-up as a de
fender of a woman's name.
But the story was sprung in Loeb's
office and the investigation of federal
sleuths was practically ruined. The
postoffice dep't hesitates about pros
ecuting Heil now because the papers
have printed the story. , The dep't
of justice does not want to be trailing
the newspapers and the president of
the school board in its prosecutions.
Meanwhile, Heil has disappeared.
Gen- Stuart, in charge of the in
vestigation, had a lot of things to
say about "publicity seekers" today.
He thinks the case of the govern
ment is ruined by the midnight ex
pose in Loeb's office.
Out in Morgan Park, where the
principal has always lived, they are
The postmaster of Morgan Park,
David Herriot, said today:
"One thing that I observed is its
melodramatic aspect the stage set
ting is perfect midnight in the of
fice of the president of the school
board, the woman and her detective
present, the president present, the
reporters present, the culprit present.
"By the way, the culprit is with
out friends or an attorney. It is hard
to understand all this evidently pre
"I have known both Mr. and Mrs.
Heil since they came among us 15
years ago, and I simply want to say
that from the knowledge of years thd
while thing is unbelievable. A tragic
mistake has been made somewhere
and it will come out. It is certain to.
"If there is any frame-up about
this case die people of Morgan Park
are bound to find it out Mr. Heil's
public and private life have been 00
clean all these years to be upset and
villified now in this seemingly crazy
and incomprehensible fashion."
Mrs. Moore issued another state
ment last night She backed up her
charges. She told 6f her friendship
with Heil started when they were
teachers in the schools. She said his
affection became very ardent after a
About this time, she says, she told
him she was married and didn't want
anything to do with him. But she
says loving letters and flowers start
ed coming to her.
Mrs. Moore says she now began to'
avoid Mr. Heil. It was then that the
letters were sent to her friends and
employers. They told people she
was a bad wqman and a lurer of
men. Mrs. Moore's life was ruined,
She put private detectives on the