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MARGARET HALEY SAYS THAT
SONSTEBY GOT $2,100
Margaret Haley, business agent of
the teachers' federation, yesterday
charged that the teachers were forc
ed to pay School-Trustee John J. Son
steby $2,100 to represent them before
the legislature in their fight for the
passage of a bill taking the repair of
school buildings from the educational
and placing it in the building fund.
This is in answer to Sonsteby's
oft-repeated boast as to how much
.i good he did for the teachers in get
ting that bill passed.
At a meeting of the parents of chil
dren of the Delano School Wednesday
night Sonsteby told again of the good
he had done the teachers and how he
saved Miss Haley's job.
"Yes, and you were paid $2,100 for
it," Miss Haley answered.
Miss Haley then explained that
prior to the passage of the bill in 1909
the repair money had always been
taken from the educational, which
left a hole of about $500,000 annually
The teachers wanted this shifted to
the building fund sp that the teachers
could get a raise in salary.
Sonsteby went down to Springfield
and the bill was passed. But after
that he took a note from W. J. Bart
holf, principal of the Crane Technical
School, asking Miss Haley to give
Sonsteby $2,500 more.
Miss Haley could not give him this.
But she got $500 on 'her life insur
ance. Then $1,000 more was obtain
ed by the teachers' subscriptions.
WOMEN'S TRADE UNION LEAGUE
Planned somewhat as a diversion
from the seriousness of the waitress
strike situation,-a public meeting will,
be held Sunday, March 8, at 3 p. m. in
Schiller Hall, 64 W. Randolph street,
by the Women's Trade Union League
of Chicago, at which time John Walk
er, president Illinois State Federation
of Labor,,will speak on the "Co-operative
Movement" and Miss Jennie
Johnson, of the Illinois Equal Suf-
ffrage Association, will sing. Every
body is invited.
A LABOR DEFENSE FUND IS
PLANNED BY UNION LEADERS
A permanent national organization
whose object will be the gathering of
funds for defense of union labor men
who are arrested in labor disputes
may become a reality.
The proposition will be considered
tomorrow afternoon at the mass
meeting in the interest of CarlE. Per
son, secretary of the Illinois Central
Federation and editor of the "Strike
Bulletin," held for the killing of Tony
Musser, chief of the Illinois Central
strikebreakers. The meeting will be
held in Cohan's Grand Opera House.
The Carl Person Defense League,
which has arranged the meeting, has
started a country-wide campaign to
raise $100,000 for the young labor
- It was in connection with Person's
case that the plan for a permanent
defense fund was brought up. Labor
leaders are optimistic over its pos
sibility. They point to the fact that
union labor raised $60,000 for the
Moyer - Pettibone - Haywood defense
and $50,000 for the Giovan'etti-Ettor
John H. Walker, president of the
Illinois. Federation of Labor; John
Fitzpatrick; president of the Chicago
Federation.of Labor; W. H. Johnston,
president of the International Asso-
ciation of Machinists; O. A. Wharton,
president of the railroad department
of the American Federation of Labor,
and Att'y Frank Comerford, counsel
for Person, will address the meeting.
John C. Flora will preside.
The Chicago Musicians' Union will
contribute an orchestra. During Att'y
Comerford's talk pictures depicting
the entire affair in Clinton, 111., will '
Huerta's official organ is said to
have called Pres. Wilson "the man
with horse teeth." May find the pres
ident has horse sense as welL