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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 09, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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the fund to be used In the fight to
protect the schools.
Margaret Haley, business agent of
the Chicago Teachers' Federation,
threw a bomb into the meeting with
the announcement that Jake Loeb
had threatened to "get" Sup't of
Schools John D. Shoop because he
refused to help Loeb crush efficient
Jake Loeb and his mixture of Lun
din politics and Big Business view
point on labor was the target of the
speakers. And each attack, on Jake
brought forth a stormof applause
from 'the representatives of Chicago
citizenry -gathered at. the meeting.
Some of the strong points scored
by the speakers were the following:
Margaret Haley: "Our fight is just
beginning. We will carry it to legis
lature. The recent attack of the Loeb
faction of the school board on the
i teachers proved a tonic to us. Jake
Loeb is the )est organizer the Chica
go Teachers' Federation ever had.
Between 1900 and 1V02 we made a
fight on the taxdodging corporations
of Chicago that forced them to pay
$600,000 annually to the city of Chi-
'cago ever since. We will go t6 the
legislature and demand laws that
will protect the teachers from the
scheming of spoils politicians. An.
other thing, Franklin Doeneker prin
cipal of the Marsh school was fired
by Jake Loeb because he served its
teachers so faithfully oit-he pension
board." '
Aid. J. C. Kennedy: "The fight .has
now gone too far for you to allow
the sacrifice of the 67 school' teach
ers to go in vain. Civil service em
ployes throughout the entire coun
try are endangered if the Chicago
school board gets away with' its at
tempt to crush the merit rule. By
organization you can win. Let your
organization grow so that when you
go down to Springfield you can speak
to the legislators with ajnighty voice.
Only by organization can you drive
spoils politics out of our school sys
tem, O90 reason wejiave such al
T rotten school hoard in Chicago la
because we don't make that a cam
paign issue in mayoralty elections.
We worry over gas, the street car
problem, eta, but we pay no atten
tion to our school system. There
fore the "mayor appoints any one he
wants to the board without regard
to their fitness. I favor a smaller
board to be made elective. I favor
paying the school board if we elect
the trustees. In that, way we can
get a few representatives of the com
mon people on it. As It is, it's con
trolled by Big Business; The board
of education has failed to realize that
teachers' salaries should keep pace
with the advancing costof living,"
Mrs. Frederick A. Dow, chairman
public affairs committee, Woman's
club; chairman ward ' organization
work, Chicago Political Equalilty
league, and past pres. 111. Federation
of Woman's clubs: "All the women of
Illinois, and particularly Chicago re
alize that7 the welfare of our school
children is imperiled by the vicious
attack made on the teachers by the
Jake Loeb clique. When the teachers
go to the legislature to fight fdr bet
ter laws they will find! the strength
of the clubwomen of Illinois "at their
back." ,
Ida Fursman, pres. Chicago Teach
ers' federation: "The purpose of our
coming fight is to obtain laws that
will grant teachers the right of- no
tice before dismissal, a fair and hon
est trial and the upbuilding of our
Mrs. Fursman also announced that
Ida Schottenfels, one of the ousted
teachers, was still at her old class in
the Whitney school because Princi
pal C6les had refused to do Jake '
Loeb's "dirty" work.
Washington. Sen. ,J. Ham Lewis
will ask Pres. Wilson to recall all Illi
nois guardsmen from border duty
and muster them out of service.
Fargo, N. D. Geo. Eastman of the
Eastman Kodak Co. underwent op
eratido. for .abdominal abscesa.

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