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to Spriugfield last night, Victor
Olander, secretary Illinois Federation
of Labor, said:
"The cry of 'Save the public
schools' is being raised in some wards
m Chicago. Large sums of money
are being spent for literature, halls,
moving picture theater slides and
paid political workers to -carry on at
tacks on Aldermen Buck, Merriam,
"While thfc costly campaign goes
on, financed from mysterious sources,,
a bill has been moved quietly in
Springfield. It has come close to a
vote. Not a public hearing has been
held on it and not a word of public
discussion has been offered by its
promoters and backers.
"Yet this bill aims openly and spe
cifically to take away from the city
council all power over the board of
education in the matter of selling
school land. A corrollary fact is that
board of education members are in
favor of selling a section of land near
Clearing worth about $1,000,000. It
is at present leased in part to the
Chicago Belt Line railroad. Armour
men are directors of this railroad.
And Alfred Urion, chief counsel for
Armour & Co., is a member of the ex
ecutive committee of the Chicago
Public School league. This so-called
league has for its secretary Mr. John
L. Lovett, who came to his present
position from that of assistant editor
of the Manufacturers' News, 'official
organ of the Illinois Manufacturers'
ass'n. The first official move of this
league when it was organized last
November was to issue a public
statement declaring that Jacob M.
Loeb should be re-elected president
ef the schofil board.
"I am not making any charges at
this time. After presenting these
facts I leave it to any open-minded
citizen whether there is a direct con
nection between the school board,
the Armour Belt line, Jacob M. Loeb
and the forces who are setting up the
cry of 'Save the public schools.' I
i ve y. to any fair-minded citizen to I
say after looking' these facts over
whether one more series of manip
ulations is under way by which the
people will be despoiled of school
land again today as in the past."
Teachers' Federation executive
'committee members who left on
night train for Springfield were Mrs.
Ida L. Fursman, Nano Hickey and
Sara C. Rochford. School Board
Secretary Lewis E. Larsen, Att'y A.
R. Shannon and Trustees John W.
Eckhart and Ralph' Otis left earlier
in the day for the state capital. Sup't
Shoop and Dis't Sup't Cole joined
them at night.'
Armour connections stand out all
through the present situation. Sen
Percy G. Baldwin, who introduced
the school land bill, is a pal of Sen.
Sam Ettelson, corporation counsel
of Chicago, attorney, for the fire in
surance combine of Illinois and at
torney for the Illinois Tunnel Co., an
Armour-Harriman concern which
owns the Automatic phone system.
Alfred Urion, the Armour lawyer,
was president of the school board
when the Tribune "midnight lease"
was sanctioned and the revaluation
clause struck out of the lease. It
used to be that the school land on
which the Tribune bldg. stands, was
revalued every ten years. The lease
put through under Urion's leadership
fixes things so, no matter how high
land values go up in the loop, the
Tribune sits easy and pays only the
same rental for 99'yetfrs.
Jake Loeb, the school board presI-(
dent, has an office in the Insurance
Exchange bldg., where he runs a fire
insurance business. This husiness,
naturally, connects him financially
and socially with the merchants and
manufacturers who are members of
the Illinois Manufacturers' ass'n and
hostile to the Teachers' Federation
many years because of the federa
tion's activities against corporations",
taxdodgers and the Cooley bill. Also,
in trying to analyze the situation, the
question is often asked:
"Is it merely a coincidence that;