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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 26, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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"The teachers are employed by the
taxpayers of Chicago to teach their
children and to teach them sensibly.
The teachers should be well paid for
such service. But I will oppose with
all my might any further interference
by the Teachers' Federation or any
other school organization with the
business of the city council."
Letters received at the office of The
Day Book today, in commenting on
yesterday's first page story, indicate
that back of all of the reasons given
by Loeb and others in the fight
against the federation is the issue
that helped sweep Thompson into
the mayor's office this spring the re
ligious issue; and that the real pur
pose of the campaign against the
Teachers' Federation is to get rid of
public school teachers who happen to
belong to the Catholic church.
In one letter a copy of The Men
ace, of date of Aug. 28, was enclosed.
It published an editorial on "That
Chicago Tangle," in which it quoted
from an editorial in The Masonic
Chronicler of Aug. 9, in which the
masonic paper urged the administra
tion to "Remove the enemies of the
The Masonic Chronicler is pub
lished at 431 S. Dearborn st. In the
editorial from which The Menace
quoted it says:
"The Teachers' Federation has had
a wonderful influence with the school
board. It has about 4,000 members,
a large majority of whom belong to
the Roman Catholic church. It has
used its influence to promate the wel
fare of the members of that church.
It has been supported by politicians of
the same political faish. Business
men on the board have bowed to the
decrees of the federation and the poli
ticians. This has enabled the Teach
ers' Federation to promote the inter
ests of members of the Roman Cath
olic church to the detriment of teach
ers who have had no political or re
ligious backing. This evil influence
has prevented the employment of
proper business methods in the con- 1
duct of the affairs of the board, hag
demoralized and caused strife among
the teachers and has caused dissat
isfaction on every hand. The evils
that are known to exist will nevec be
remedied until the school board is
placed in the hands of the free public
school system. It is ridiculous to
suppose that the enemies of any
business institution will manage that
institution successfully. The mem
bers of the Roman Catholic church
through the Teachers' Federation
and the politicians, nave practically
ruled the board."
In the above quotation from The
Masonic Chronicler are some of the
statements made in letters to The
Day Book. It is evident that down
at the bottom of the fight the relig
ious war is sizzling and that it will toe
used to break up the Teachers' Fed- '
eration, if possible.
The Day Book will attempt to get
at the truth of this whole matter, no
matter where it hits or whom it helps
or harms. The people are entitled to
the TRUTH.
Miss Haley arrived in Chicago last
night and spent part of the day se
cluded in her home, preparing to en
ter actively into this latest scrap
against her. Newspaper reporters in
flocks besieged her home without see
ing her.
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The name of Alfred Cliffe, promi
nent Maywood wealthy contractor, is
linked with that of several young
girls in what sounds like a scandal
that has a legal cropping.
An affidavit filed in superior court
today by Boothe Moxley brings crim
inal charges against Cliffe, who is un
der indictment on charges made be
fore the last grand jury by Miss Edna
Kraffmiller, stepdaughter of M. O.
Kraffmiller, high-salaried department
manager of the GermaH-American
Car Co. and Maywood trustee. Nq
arrest followed the indictment

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