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SLIPPERY JAKE LOEB WORKING RELIGIOUS
GAME AGAINST MERRIAM.
BY N. D. COCHRAN.
I see Jake Loeb has nosed into 'the Seventh ward aldermanic fraca3
with an attack on Merriam, and gets a sympathetic hearing in the Trib.
But that's just what you might expect from both Jake Loeb and the Chi
cago organ of San InsuII and the German kaiser. In this fight they are
representing the same Big Biz gang of franchise grabbers, who want to
keep men like Merriam out of the council. Very likely Jake's particular
job is to work the religious issue again, and once more pose as Chicago's!
great champion of the public schools. But that issue has been worked so
often that even its dupes Ire getting wise, and it's beginning to look baggy
at the knees and threadbare round about the seat First Sherman used
it to break into the U. S. senate, then Thompsonrode it into the City Hall
and finally Lowden spurred it into the state house. So Jake will find that"
if he sticks on the old nag too long its underpinning will give out and he'll
take a header.
Jake kept control of the school board by making a lot of folks believe
that if it wasn't for Jake, Chicago's public schools would have been cap
tured long ago by the Catholics and shipped right over to Rome. But all
the time he was playing the game of the Illinois Manufacturers' Associa
tion, and paving the way for Johnny Glenn's particular brand of vocational
education. He was trying to bust the Teachers' Federation, which organ
ization couldn't be bought, bulldozed or bamboozled by the plutes who
dodge taxes and want to crush organized labor.
Now Jakey is trying to scare Seventh ward voters away from Merriam
by holding Merriam up as an enemy of the public schools and Merriam
did nothing but try to see that school teachers got a square deal when the
Loeb gang was trying to give them a rotten one.
But it isn't because Jake Loeb is a friend of the public schools. It's
because he is a tool of the gang of plutes that wants to put over a big
traction franchise grab, and fears the influence of Merriam in the council.
In order to attack Merriam, Jake Loeb attacks Margaret Haley and
the school teachers of the Federation. Which is one of the best things
Jake does fightjng women. His purpose is .plain. He is trying to fan the
spark of religious prejudice into a flame in order to get Protestants in the
Seventh ward to vote as Sam Insull and his gang want them to vote. It
isn't because Merriam was fair to the Teachers' Federation. That has
nothing to do with it. The street railway gang can't handle Merriam and
deosn't want him in the council.. And Jake is kicking up a dust that will
blind the Seventh ward voters to what is really going on.
Isn't it pretty near time the people of Chicago were getting onto "Slip
pery Jake's curves?
WOULD KICK POLITICS OUT
Because politics is allowed to
figure in the hiring of garbage teams,
25 per cent of the money spent by
the city for removal of this filth is
wasted, declared Aid. Thomas Doyle
of the 5th-ward yesterday.
The garbage team owners are on
strike for $7 a day instead of $6,
which they are now getting.
Evansville. Excursion steamer St.
Paul, carrying 1,00-0 persons, ashore
all night in submarged cornfield two
miles below city, taken off by tugs
early today. No damage was done.