THREATEN TO JUNK SIXTY
THREE PUBLIC "PLAYGROUNDS
All the 63 public school play
grounds of Chicago will be junked
next month no good nothing do
ing and no fun for anybo'dy unless
the state legislature and the Chicago
Parent-Teachers' assVi .are able to
get results this month.
The school board auditor, Edward
H. Brackett, has ordered names of
all playground attendants taken off
the payroll. Under instructions from
the school board he is alio preparing
to stop payments of -any and all mo-
ney for running public school play
grounds. Max Loeb, school trustee, goes to
Springfield today to ask for
changes in the Juul law. If he gets
what he wants there will be a special
fund of $500,000 raised yearly
through taxes for running the public
school playground system.
"The school playgrounds of Chi
cago are among the best in the
world," said Max Loeb, "and to close
them on April 1, as will be necessary
unless we meet the present emer
gency, would be a calamity."
"It will be May 15 before any pub
He funds will be available for play
grounds even, if the legislation we
ask for is granted. Between now
and that date some other way must
be found to finance the playground
If they are to be opene'd for the boys
and girls of -Chicago."
It is estimated at least $100 a
month for each of the 63 playgrounds
will be required during the six-weeks'
period in which no public fund is
Mrs. Wm. S. Hefferan, president of
the Parent-Teachers' ass'ns of Chi
cago, today sent letters to 57
branches explaining the situation.
She points out to them that only
two courses are open. Either mo
ney must be raised by private sub-,
scriptions, or the playgrounds will
be closed up, junked, and nothing
Ralph Otis, trustee, A. R. Shaanon, i
attorney, and Lewis E. Larsen, sec
retary of the school board, will go to
Springfield and urge amendment of
the Juul law.
U. S. NAVY MEN SERVE GUNS ON
Washington, March 13. An
"armed guard" for the protection of
fvessels and lives of persons aboard
will be placed on all American mer
chant ships sailing through Ger
many's barred area, the state depart
ment has notified all foreign diplo
mats in this city.
The. "armed guard" will be Amer
ican navy gunners.
The official statement shows, foo,
that it is the intention of the govern
ment to arm not only passenger
steamers, but also to provide guns
and navy gunners for munition ships.
The statement tb the foreign diplo
mats cleared up definitely the ques
tion of whether-navy gunners would
The state department holds that
the presence of these men aboard
will not give the vessels the status of
The vessel becomes a warship only
when used definitely for that pur
pose, the department rules.
The following statement was pre
sented to the foreign diplomats "for
"In view of the announcement of
the Imperial German government on
Jan. 31, 1917, that all ships, those of
neutrals included, met within certain
zones of the high seasx would be
sunk without any precautions being
taken for the safety of the persons
on board and without the exercise
of visit and search, the government
of the United States has determined
to place upon all American merchant
vessels sailing through the barred
areas an armed guard for the pro
tection of the vessels and the lives
of the persons on board."
Frank Marrazo, 2, 831 Forqtw, up
set hot water kettle. Scalded: died.
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