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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 05, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 5

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when the spirit of liberty was burn
ing high, Jake Loeb would have been,
given a coat of tar and ridden out
of town on a raiL"
Speech of Christjan Madsen, mem
ber state legislature and delegate
from painters' union, before Chi
cago Federation of Labor:
"It's a shame the religious i.sue
has been brought into this. The at
tack on the Teachers' Federation is
not an attack on the Catholic church.
It is a blow at all the school children
and parents of Chicago. What sat
isfaction dpes anybody get that Jake
Loeb fires a teacher like Mrs. Ame
lia Prendergast, a member of the
Eastern Star, and a teacher with a
record for efficiency? She was fired
because she is vice president of the
Teachers' Federation.
"Was Ida Fursman, with marks as
an efficient teacher, fired because she
is a Catholic and an enemy of the
public schools? Well, hardly! Her
father was a Methodist clergyman.
She is not a Catholic She was
thrown out by the Loeb gang be
cause she is president of the Teach
ers' Federation.
"So long as the Teachers' Feder
ation is on the job it is impossible for
the politicians to work the kind of
grafts they want The politicians
who want to wreck the public
schools are making a start by first
trying to wreck the Teachers' Fed
eration. "The Eaton-Rowe scandal this
spring showed us how split salaries
are used to get funds to build up a
political machine. It looks now as
though they are going to throw the
whole school system of Chicago open
to split salaries. Mayor Thompson
is trying to wreck the school system,
just as he wrecked the tuberculosis
sanitarium in order to build up a po
litical machine.
"The Catholic church is not much
concerned, if you notice. Neither is
the Methodist, nor any other Protes
tant church.
"A hundred years ago, in the ear
UeC days of he-American .reiiiibjlic
Thompson-Lundin politicians are
noticeably frightened by the speech,
of John J. Bruce, delegate of the
Street Car Men's union, roasting the
mayor as being behind the Jake Loeb
The composite opinion of politi
cians and shrewd political writers to
day was this: Thompson held a big
ace in the support of the street car
men's union since the wage award.
It was the one labor union card he
could have played when he needed
votes again. By his attitude in the
Loeb rule affair he may suffer' the
same fate as Carter Harrison after
union labor had placed the -Hearst
unfair brand on the ex-mayor. Lin
ing up with Loeb and the business
interests against the teachers of Chi
cago is about the last straw as far as
the trades unionists are concerned
Boill will have to do some tall hedg
ing in the next three years to get any
labor votes at all.
One West Side alderman said: "A3
a political proposition it was a bone
head play on the part of Thompson
and Lundin. I believe Bill was foolish,
enough to think that Jake Loeb
would be the goat exclusively for the
howl that was bound to follow the
dropping of the teachers. He seem
ed to think he could sit back and get
away with the attitude that he had
nothing to do with it; that it was en
tirely in the hands of the school
board. But you can't make the peo
ple believe that the school trustees,
particularly those appointed by Bill
and those who hope to be reappoint
ed, are going to fly off the handle and
But over ftnythinslikeglioebjnile
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