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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 23, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 5

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MISS HALEY CRITICISES PLAY
OF SHANNON AND LARSEN
Two of the school board's $10,000-a-year
men are in Springfield lobby
ing for changes in the teachers' pen
sion fund law. The action they are
asking legislators to take has not
been passed on by the school board.
They are lobbying for personal"
reasons or unknown special inter
ests. They have, no instructions
from the school board to officially do
what they are doing. The two men
are Angus Roy Shannon, att'y for
the board, and Lewis E. Larsen, sec
retary. ; This is the gist of criticism made
by Margaret Haley, business repre
sentative Teachers' Federation. The
changes asked by Shannon and Lar
sen would increase the school
board's representatives on the teach
ers! pension board from three mem
bers to six while the teachers' repre
sentatives would be decreased from
six to three. The latter are elected
by the balloting of the 8,000 public
school teachers.
Shannon and Larsen make no
claim that pension matters are run
inefficiently. All they insist on is
that control of teachers' pensions,
with a reserve fund close to $2,000,
000, be taken away from the teach
ers and put in the hands of the
school board.
Ralph C. Otis and Charles- Peter
son, school board members, told Chi
cago Real Estate Board yesterday
that the city council should be
stripped of power over school lands.
Otis urged the sale of 280 acres of
school land in Austin, 640 acres at
Clearing, 60 acres in the 33d ward,
40 acres on Stony Island av. and
other land at Clearing would bring
800 cash per acre, it is estimated. It
rents now for $4 an acre.
Max Loeb, school board member,
believes there is to be a big indus
trial development at Clearing and
thie city should keep a tight grip on
the 640 acres. The Armour Belt Line
and other interests want the Clearing
land and want it bad. Alfred Urion,
chief counsel forArmour & Co., is
keeping the wires and mails busy
trying to line up the legislature for
the Baldwin bill abolishing city coun
cil control and empowering the
school board to sell land.
Urion's actions as lobbyist are un
der the guise of a director of the Chi
cago Public School "league." That
be is an Armour attorney and that
an Armour railroad wants school
land are points Urion has been
mousey about In these particulars
the password is "Hush."
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U. S. GRANTS RECOGNITION TO
ITS NEW SISTER REPUBLIC
Washington, March 23. United
States is first nation to accord new
Russian government full and formal
recognition. This was done yester
day when Ambassador Francis, un
der instructions from Washington,
appeared before Foreign Minister Mi
lukoff and later before the council of
ministers and assured the new dem
ocracy of America's good will.
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T. R. WOULD HEAD ARMY
New York, March 23. The Amer
ican army, 500,000 strong, fighting in
the trenches of France and led by
CoL Roosevelt, is the answer 15,000
persons who packed Madison Square
Garden would give to Germany.
Though the colonel was not at the
garden last night, he sent a letter
which precipitated a near-riot of en
thusiasm when it was read.
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BURGLARS MAKE CLEAN-UP
Burglars who worked . with auto
and most up-to-date instruments of
their profession got away with about
a thousand dollars' worth of clothing
when they broke into store of Lewis
Weil, 1348 Lincoln av., this morning,
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WANT 27TH WARD WORKERS
Wanted: 100 workers for 27th
ward on election day. Address Emil
Kuhne, 4126 N. Richmond av. Phone
Monticello 744

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