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TRIBUNE-NEWS SCHOOL SWAG
Plans are .under way inside of a
number of woman's clubs and civic
organizations by which the present
valuations of the school lands down
town are to be made known.
After they find out what is the ex
act cash value of these lands today
theyiwill tell the people of Chicago
what are the cash sums which ought
to be paid by the lessees of these
school lands as rental. By subtract
ing the amounts of money actually
paid by school land renters today
from the .amounts of rental paid by
adjacent lessees of privately owned
real estate, the published figures will
show the exact amount of money
stolen loot being, taken away from
parents, school children and teach
ers of Chicago.
School land is used by the Tribune
and the News. Their buildings stand
on school land. They rent this land
at a figure far and away below rental
figures of adjoining establishments.
When the last expose was made of
these newspaper stealings, it was
shown they amount to from 25 to 50
per cent of the rental.
Estimates of the amount which
the Tribune steals from the people of
Chicago through its no-revalhation-clause
lease run from $25,000 to
$50,000 per year. The exact amount
will be made public with a substan
tiating array of figures when the
women's and civic organizations fin
ish the purvey they are now on.
The school board at the present
timers located in the Tribune build
ing. Rental paid by the school board
to the Tribune Co. for use of one
floor in the Tribune bldg. is said to
be a larger amount than the-Tribune's
ground rent payment yearly.
In other words through the no-revaluation-clause
lease, the Tribune
rent is so cheap that it is more than
paid for by what cash the Tribune
squeezes from the public school
board of education for rent money.
"It works something like a pick
pocket paying his fino in court with
money extracted from the victim's
pocket," said a woman who is work
ing on the coming expose.
Protection for' the Tribune and
News as well as all other school land
lessees downtown is constantly af
forded through the closed -door policy
of the board of education. When the
city council schools committee asked
for specific figures and a view of rec
ords and documents the door was
slammed, in their fades. On a test
case as to whether aldermen, should
have the right-to look at public school
records, the appellate and supreme
courts of Illinois decided agamst the
Jake Loeb majority now in control.
By use of further loopholes and tech
nicalities the Jake Loeb majority is
carrying on further litigation to stdp
aldermen from scrutinizing public
In its campaign to protect the se
crecy of its records and documents,
the Jake Loeb majority of the school
board has all the time had the co
operation of the Tribune and the
The aldermen' who have had the
nerve to make an open fight against
the secrecy policy of the. Jake Loeb
majority, struggling to break that se
crecy and throw open all public
school records, are getting called'
names jjy the Tribune. These alder
men fought the Tribune's handy
man, Jake Loeb, and his school board
tools. They have fought for the right
of teachers to organize and keep
their strength massed against Tri
bune stealings. They "are now called
"noisy, self-seeking demagogues."
And it looks as though the whole
stewing mesa is only at a beginning.
FEAR GERMAN RAIDER .
Halifax, Dec. 9. British naval au
thorities give, warning that ship al
lowed to slip by patrol boats off Scot
land last Sunday under impression
she was Dutch steamer Gamma may
be German raider. All allied shipping
has been warned.