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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 21, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 9

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Prof. Dodd of the-University of Chi
cago in a letter to The Nation points
out the danger of business control of
education. "What might it not have
been worth," he asks, "to Germany
today to have had Karl Marx, Las
salle, and Liebknecht members of
university faculties or even members
of the imp.erial council? They repre
sented the interests, feelings and
prejudices of the masses of the toil
ers in Germany. Their voices were
worth more to the government than
that of the kaiser himself, or at least
they might have become of more
Here are some of the professor's
ideas: "Is a great banker or a rich
meat-packer peculiarly qualified' for
determining what shall be taught in
universities, who shall be engaged as
teachers and whether the constitu
tional guarantees of free teaching
shall be suspended? Is not such a
one disqualified by the very processes
of his mind, by his innate fear of
change, to determine these most im
portant, of social functions? It is
most unwise to leave the direction of
national life in the hands of those
whose personal interests run counter
to those of the majority of the peo
ple." Did the professor have the Univer
sity of Chicago in mind particularly.
The Day Book, having no gift of
clairvoyance, does not "pretend to
know. But here are some facts
about the control of the South Side
For all practical purposes the uni
versity is controlled by the board of
trustees. Being a trustee is not a
job to sneer at. The trustees con
tra! property and funds altogether
in the way of land, buildings, endow
ment, etc. Nearly $50,000,000 has
gone into the institution. Then the
trustees, in the long run, influence
(to use a mild word) classroom
A study of the trustees of the-mfj
versity reveals the fact that thejraxa l
a big business class group, conserva
tive and dollar-conscious. They are 1
Republicans of the reactionary stripe.
President Judson is an open and.:
avowed me-too echo for the Deneen-
West faction.
Trustees Ryerson and Hutchinson"
are also trustees of the Carnegie in
stitute. President Judson is a mem
ber of the Rockefeller Foundation.
Trustee Harold McCormick is a son-in-law
of John D. Rockefeller. Thus
are the big groups and the university
Trustees Hutchinson and Ryerson
are officers of the Qorn Exchange
bank. Trustee Bartlett is a director
of the First National. Ryerson and
Bartlett are directors of the North
ern Trust
Trustee Felsenthal is a former
partner of Ex-Aid. Foreman and is
ntow a partner of John W. Beckwith,
attorney for bondholders of Auto
matic Telephone Co. (J. Ogden Ar
mour's lemon).
Trustee Humphrey is federal dis
trict judge at Springfield. He is a
notorious reactionary. He invented
"the immunity bath," His appoint- t
ment as trustee was opposed by soma
of the university alumni on ground
that while a federal judge he had lob
bied before the legislature.
Trustee Harold H. Swift is a young
scion of the Swifts of pig-sticking
fame. The alumni asked to be al
lowed to select a trustee. Swift, the
only alumnus on the board, was ap
poined to meet this demand, but the
alumni were not consulted in his se
lection and in no sense does he rep
resent them.
Then there is Judge Smith, reac
tionary who failed of re-appointment
to the appellate bench because, so the
gossip goes, the supreme court got
tired of reversing him in .traction,
1Ui s
cases. '
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