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I THE DAYBOOK
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
S60 8. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO. ILU
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Bntefed as spcond-cla matter Aptll
21. 1914. at the postoftlce at Chicago.
I1L, Under the Act of March S. 1ST?
GUARDING LIBERTY WITH A
DARK LANTERN. The knockout
of civil service effected by the Jake
Loeb majority of the school board
through incidental use of the relig
ious issue is the deadliest blow that
has been struck at the public school
system of Chicago in many years.
Besides taking a big smash at
merit rule, the Jake Loeb majority
has gone further yet' as an enemy of
liberty through its refusal to let the
aldermen of the council schools com
mittee scrutinize certain school
Liberty and democracy have al
ways made their battles in the open.
The enemies of liberty in business,
politics and religion always work in
the dark. They don't want daylight
They must screen their operations
from general public view. They're
doing it now in their refusal to sup
ply aldermen with specific facts
In the midst of all the hot charges
and countercharges of recent days,
notice the strong, quiet, intelligent
x argument and plea from the commit
tee organizing the Public Education
"We urge the board of education
to withdraw, at the reqeust of dis
interested citizens, from the position
which it has recently taken of cut
ting out the merit clause from the
rules governing the reappointment
of teachers. We urge as a substitute 1
measure the setting up -within the
superintendent's office of an ade
quate system for the testing and pro
motion of effective work in the
schools, and the use of the entire
experience and intelligence of the
teachers and the community.
"We believe that the board of edu
cation will have the support of all
those sincerely interested in the pub
lic schools, if such a system is adopt
ed and enforced without discrimina
tion against teachers because of
their membership in any organiza
tion, or because of their religious or
Signers of this are persons from '
the large universities, from the busi
ness world", from Catholics and Prot
estants. Their names: Mary R Mc
Dowell, Grace Abbott, Edward 0.
Brown, Bernard Flexner, Mrs. W. S.
Heffernan, Mrs. Henry Kuh, Charles
H. Judd, George H. Mead, Victor
Olander, Allen B. Pond, RJrs. Ray
mond Robins, Carl D. Thompson.
Are these the people who are
guarding liberty in Chicago? Or is
liberty best guarded by Jake Loeb
and the slender majority of one to
three votes by which he manipulates
the board of education?
"Some men have do hearts," said
the tramp. "I've been a-tellin' that
feller I am so dead broke that I have
to sleep outdoors."
"Didn't that fetch him?"
"Now. He tol' me he was a'doin
the same thing and had to pay the
doctor for tellin' him to do it." '
A regiment of soldiers were at
camp and a young Scottish recruit
was put on sentry duty outside the
general's tent In the morning the
general arose, looked out of his tent
and said to the young man in a stern
and loud voice:
"Who are you?"
The young man turned round
smartly and said:
"Mne. Hoo's yersel'?"
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