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and other policies. But? Baker, head
of the leading La Salle street bond
house and known as a conservative
business man, dkn't see the action of
June 27 as good school policy. Other
members of the committee are Mrs.
Harlan Ward Cooley, Flora "J. .Cooke,
Prof. Frank M. Leavitt, Mrs. Hannah
G. Solomon, Mrs. Jean Ellis Driver,
Non-partisans, neutrals not tied up
with any political parties or factions,
appear among signers to the peti
tion. Among these are Jane Addams,
Dr. 'Rmfl G. Hirsch, Louise de Koven
Bowen, Rabbi Joseph Stols, Mrs.
Frederick A. Dow, Graham Taylor,
Mrs. Dunlap Smith, George C. Sikes,
Dr. Alice Hamilton, Mary McDowell,
Mrs. W. S. Hefferan, Dr. Fjffie L. Lob
delL Amelia Sears, Stoughton Cooley,
Edith Abbott, Grace Nicholes, W. L.
Chenery, Agnes Nestor. The peti
tion is headed "Keep Politics Out of
Schools" and reads:
Hon. William Hale Thompson, Mayor
The undersigned citizens of Chi
cago, interested in its public schools,
respectfully request that you use
your good offices to the end that the
board of education restore"the merit
system in choosing teachers and re
elect for the school year 1916-1917
the teachers recommended by the
superintendent of schools, but not
re-elected on June 27, 1916.
We respectfully protest against all
XI) Tending to any extent what
ever to make the teaching force an
adjunct to any political organization,
party or faction, from time o time
dominant in the City HaU or else
(2) Tending to any extent what
ever to impress teachers with any
-fear that such a condition is desired
' We consider the interests of the
school children as of immediate and
dominating importance overshad
dng all other considerations.
Maclay Hoyne signs. William A.
,Cunnea signs. John W. Rainey
signs. And Antoinette Funk. So the
petition goes on with about 100,000
signers who ask for correction of the
crime against Chicago's public
schools committed June 27 by the
Jake Loeb school board majority.
Other signers, a few out of the ava
lanche of citizens' names, are:
Mrs. Judith Lowenthal, Alice
Henry, Michael Maher, Charles H.
Mitchell, Arthur Morrow Lewis,
Judge Jacob Hopkins, Katherine
Knowles Robbins, Mrs. G. W. Plum
mer, Funk, Edward Osgood Brown,
Horace J. Bridges, John C. Harding,
Grace Abbott, Mrs. Ignace J. Reis,
"Mrs. v Agnes Lee Freer, Carl D.
Thompson, John Fitpatrick, John J.
Coburn, Charles Dold, Anton Cer
mak, Dr. Cornelia McBey, Wiley W.
Mills, Morton L. Johnson, Jacob Le
bosky, Mrs. Bayafd Holman, William
H. Holly, Mrs. A. H. Brumbach.
GRAB DR. PETERSON IN FLA.
Dr. Johan Peterson, 32, Riverside,
was arrested in Miami, Fla., today.
He is wanted on the charges of
swindling the Lazarus bank of
Flensburg, Germany, of 26,000
marks; of swindling Att'y Jugens,
Chicago, of $1,500; of passing bum
check on Alex Nqel, 6500 Drexel
blvd., teacher in Gresham school
and swindling Percy Hawkins, Pull
man bldgT, of $400 in sale of a movie
SAFE BLOWERS GET $1,500
Safe blowers invaded the Aronia
cafe, 1654 Madison, early today. Got
$1,500 in checks and cash.
. TELEGRAPH BRIEFS
London. Premier Asquith an
nounced in commons King George
had approved plans for "reconstruc
tion of government"
Sturgeon Bay, - Wis. Goodrich
lake steamer Carolina, ashore off
Stony Reef, has sprung a leak and is
sinking, according to life-saving crew
which rescuqd passengers and crew.