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SERCOMBE WOULD GIVE LABOR
CONTROL OF SCHOOL BOARD
To rid the schools of the evil which
an appointed board of education car
ries with it, several remedies are pro
posed by Parker H. Sercombe, former
statistician of the board, who had
an opportunity to see the school sys
tem from the inside. Sercombe was
dropped when he grew too warm.
Morton MacCormac, a Thompson
henchman in the 7th ward, displaced
In a letter to Thomas J. Lynch,
chairman of the schools committee
of the city council, he asked a chance
to demonstrate the possibilities of a
new organisation of the school sys
tem before the committee.
His ideas are:
That the school board is too big
That it is run by party politics be
cause its members are appointed by
the mayor. This hurts the schools.
That the only reward a trustee gets
for his labor is publicity. The school
board is therefore under the finger
of the trust press. Big business con
trols the trust press.
He suggests a board of nine mem
bers, to be appointed for three years
by a lottery system after they have
qualified by examination.
Each trustee should be paid $3,000
a year to insure his giving time to
Because about 90 per cent of the
children in schools have laboring peo
ple for parents, the labor class should
be in a majority on the board. He
suggests four laboring men, two em
ployers, one doctor, one lawyer and
A superintendent could be picked
by this board.
NO TIPS FOR WAITERS
No tips will be accepted by mem
bers of the new Waiters' union or
ganized by the Chicago Waiters'
ass'n. It will begin a campaign im
mediately against cafe and cabarets
yhere waiters, are jeonutp 3ted.toJCafcJ. daj
cept tips for wages. The new union,
which will be known as No. 7, has
HOYNE INVESTIGATES ALLEGED
PAYMENTS FOR "PROTECTION"
The stink with which Mayor
Thompson said the police depart
ment reeks is being stirred up again.
Something seems to have gone
wrong with the working plan be
tween collectors and prostitutes, by
which the women paid for protection.
The matter is in the hands of State's
Att'y Hoyne, who is going after it in
a manner that has gotten some po
lice officials excited.
John Labow, head attendant, Oak
Forest infirmary, and Geo. Bagg, an
inmate, are under arrest. The police
made the arrest, but Hoyne is inves
Labow is charged with taking
money from women flatkeepers to
protect them from prosecution.
Myra Miller, 640 N. Clark st; Vio
let Jones, another woman and two
men were arrested in a raid on Mrs.
Miller's apartment last August
The story told Hoyne is that La
bow appeared in morals court and
told Violet Jones he needed $25 "to
fix the judge." Then Mrs. Miller took
the party to a restaurant and gave
Labow $40, Hoyne was told.
Later Labow is said to have made
a proposition to Ethel Rice, 118
Grand av., to grant her protection
from police interference for $25 a
month for "Mr. Higgins," and $2 a
month for a messenger, it is said.
She told Chief Healey. When the
messenger, Bagg, arrived he was ar
rested. The arrest of Labow fol
lowed. Labow's defense is that he accept
ed the money merely to pass it to
Higgins. Hoyne's whole staff is
searching for Higgins and the police
say they are.
Abraham Shapiro, 3132 W. 16th st,
said by the police to be the mysteri
ous "Mr. Higgins," was arrested to-