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ALDS. MERRIAM AND BUCK GET
TONGUE LASHING FROM LOEB
Our school board president, Jake
Loeb, the head man of the public
school government of Chicago, went
out in the 7th ward last night and
made a speech in the Masonic Tem
ple, 64th st. and University av. He
referred to Miss Margaret Haley of
the Chicago Teachers' Federation as
"the queen of the lady labor slug
gers." He asked voters to defeat AM.
Charles E. Merriam and called Mer
riam a "bigot," an "inconoclast," a
"demagogue." Aid. Robert M. Buck
was called "a mannikin, a puppet"
operated by strings pulled by Miss
Altogether it was the worst smell
ing mess that has been coughed out
from Jake Loeb's throat since the
day he called for a public horsewhip
ping of Aid. Buck.
Aid. Merriam spoke at four meet
ings in the 7th ward. -He clung to
specific facts. He didn't call Jake
Loeb any names. All he wants is an
answer to some questions.
He pointed to the Jew, Dr. Theo
dore Sachs, the tuberculosis sani
tarium head who killed himself un
der pressure of City Hall gang poll
tics wrecking civil service. And he
asked the Jew, Jake Loeb, why he is
'today fighting against the aldermen
who have fought the City Hall gang
and are trying to correct the condl-
i tions that were responsible for the
1 - death of Dr. Sachs.
He pointed to the Jew, Jake Loeb,
allied with the negro alderman, Os
car De Priest, now under grand jury
gambling graft indictment, and
asked why Jake Loeb's cause has
had its chief spokesmen in the city
council in the element that has stood
i for civil service wrecking, for util
ities plunder and for everything that
travesties community efficiency.
"If Mr. Loeb is entering into the
' aldermanic campaign sincerely per
haps he will advise us on the leading
Issues of the day," said Merriam.
"What does Mr. Loeb think of the
outrageous treatment of Dr. Sachs
in connection with the tuberculosis
sanitarium? What is his opinion of
the Ettelson-Schuyler-gas company
combination? What is his opinion
of the fifty-year franchise proposal?
What does Mr. Loeb think of the
spoils machine in the City Hall? Why
not discuss the whole situation
frankly and explain his real motives
in attempting to obscure the leading
issues of the campaign?
"Is he trying to force me into line
with those sterling friends of our
public schools, Aldermen Coughlin,
Kenna, Johnny Powers and Ed Cul
lerton (to say nothing of De Priest),
who are the mayor's spokesmen and
the spokesmen of Mr. Loeb in the
Among 7th ward pals of Jake
Loeb, supporting the Thompson
Lundin candidate, Merriam pointed
to Charles Ward, private secretary of
former U. S. Senator Lorimer, and
ernard W. Snow, partner in the
m-mofBartlett, Frazier & Co., with
James Patten, who, besides being
one of our best wheat gamblers, also
sits on the gas company directorate.
"The schools belong to all the peo
ple, and not either to the Teachers'
Federation or the Illinois Manufac
turers', as'n, whose tool Mr. Loeb ap
pears to be," said Merriam.
Jake Loeb's Masonic Temple
speech ran along like old-fashioned
school reader oratory. Henry Bar
ret Chamberlain's publicity bureau is
credited with helping Jake put the
literary touches on it. It was full ef
classic language and eat-'em-alive
phrasings. All it lacked was specific
facts. These are a sample:
"To encourage controversy and
dissension, to profit by hcctice tu
mult, to thrive on convulsive hysteria
these are the practice of the pro
fessional agitator, and these have
been the practices of the alderman
from the 7th ward.
"To arouse the ignorant to hate,
to inflame the mass by an. appeal to.