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Legion takes over in Noack witch hunt By ISABEL CARR "What more can they do to me, say about me? Where will it all end?’’ These were questions which Miss Emilie Noack, 58, Senn High School civics teacher, couldn't answer as the Hearst-inspired Red-smear of the teacher stretched into its second month. On the pretext of presenting new evidence that Miss Noack taught "Communist doctrine" to her pupils at Senn, the American Legion claimed the Board of Ed ucation’s hearing room at 228 N. LaSalle for a day-long inquisition last Friday. On Monday. The Star learned that another hearing had been scheduled for ‘the latter part of this week. * « * THE FRIDAY hearing was closed to the public; only the press was admitted. Miss Noack was not even informed of the hearing. At the head of the long table in the hearing chamber, next to the “witness chair” which a steady stream of Senn students occupied, testifying for and against their teacher—sat Supt. of Schools Herold C. Hunt. Hunt, who had already pub licly exonerated Emilie Noack of the Herald-American's banner headlined charges through inten sive questioning of each of Miss Noack’s students, wore an in •crutible expression throughout the hearing. He said nothing. He didn't have to. The Legion was 'toing his talking for him. * * * NEXT to Hunt sat Elliodor Libonati, chief officer of the Le gion’s notorious Americanism Committee, and John Russell, County Legion judge advocate. As Libonati and Russell alter nately registered smug I-told you-so expressions or showed by their faces that they drew “sin ister” implications from students’ testimony, Aids. John C. Bur meister Jr. (44th), and Otto Jan ousek (22nd) both hard-bitten councilmanic red-baiters—listen ed and nodded approvingly. The Herald-American gave a nightmarish quality to the hear ings as its four reporters and three photographers assigned to the story took endless notes and countless pictures. (Other news papers were content with one re porter and one photog each.) The hearing got off to a typical Legion start (remember—the Le gion is the outfit that's been raiding Progressive Party meet ings throughout the country), when Legion lawyer Russell picked a fist fight with an irate THE CHICAGO STAR. JULY 24, 1948 The Chicago fc -.‘..icu anu puonsned WEEKLY by The Chicago Star Publishing Co., Inc.. 166 West Washington Street. Chicago 2. 111. Phone RANdolph 0580. Cable address: Chistar Frank M. Daria Executive Editor Carl Htrack Managing Editor William Sennett General Manager SUBSCRIPTION RATES <Except Canada and foreign) 1 Year $2.00. Entered as second class matter June 25, 1946 at the post office at Chicago, 111., under the Art of March 3. 1879. Postal regulations require that all new subscriptions for military personnel stationed overseas must be accompanied by a written request from the person to whom the subscription is directed. Mist Noack citizen, who was accidentally ad mitted to the session. * * * LEWIS Anderson, 1516 N. Damen, spoke up for Miss Noack, attacking the Legion and Hearst’s “yellow press” for “picking on an innocent woman.” They were “character assassins,” he de clared. "Don’t you say anything about the Legion." Russell roared—pro viding an adequate commentary on the Legion's view of free speech. Anderson told Russell that the Legion could "go back to its rum-pots and gambling games for children.” Russell leaped at Anderson, the two exchanged several blows, then Anderson, who had done nothing but defend himself, was ejected from the hearing room. * * * LIBONATI and Russell asked Link CP arrests to 'cold war' Seizure of the 12 members of the National Board of the Communist Party by FBI men under a blue ribbon jury indictment this week was seen as “the most overt fas cist Act by the U. S. govern ment since the beginning of cold war.” The indictments came out of special jury operating under Atty. Gen. Tom Cark’s direction which after 13 months of sifting evidence was unable to make specific charges of political vio lence or espionage against the Communist leaders. Finally, the indictments were issued under the Smith Act which was used during the war to imprison a group of Trotsky ists in Minneapolis who sought to disrupt the war effort. • * • CLARK admitted no charges could be found against the Com munist leaders other than the time-worn charges that they are trying to “overthrow the govern ment.” A previous Supreme Court de cision freeing Communist leader William Schneiderman declared that there was no evidence of "force and violence" by the Com munists. The wholesale arrest of a doz en leaders was called a “desper ate provocation.” in a statement by William Z. Foster and Eugene Dennis, top party leaders. * * * "THIS American version of the Reichstag fire is the domestic counterpart of the criminal bi partisan attempts to turn the war in Berlin from cold to hot,” the statement said. The Communist leaders all students who testified more or-less identical questions: Is it true Miss Noack said you couldn’t believe what you read in the Tribune? Did Miss Noack talk about Henry Wallace in her classes? Is it true that Wallace won a mock election in one of the classes? Did Miss Noack show any preference for any form of government other than our own? All students who spoke against Miss Noack had either flunked or received poor grades from her: those who spoke for their teach er were all students who had re ceived exceptionally high grades in all classes, including Miss Noack’s. Except for Herald - American reporters, most of the reporters for Chicago’s dailies, took notes lackadaisically, cracking cyn ically, “What a witch-hunt!” at regular intervals. * * * WHEN Mrs. J. M. Vennell, 5339 Ravenswood, whose daughter, Jacqueline, testified at the earlier hearings, testified that she had been “shocked when my daughter came home one dev and said the American press Tidily isn’t free, it’s controlled by advertisers and bankers,” and th at she didn’t be lieve Miss Noack should be “al lowed in a school room” for spreading such ideas one re porter turned to the Star reporter and winked. He said: “Now where do you suppose any, one would get such an idea. Tsk. tsk! Who’s she trying to kid!” charged that the "frame-up" was part of the plan by the Truman administration "to win the elec tion by hook or crook." It was pointed out that the Communist Party “defends and has always defended the eco nomic welfare and the demo cratic rights of the American people.” * * * AMONG those indicted was a Chicagoan, Gilbert Green, Com munist chairman in this district. Green is a native Chicagoan who went to grammar and high schools here and worked as a mail carrier and at International Harvester. The indictment charges the twelve men with conspiracy dat ing back to July 1945. That was the time when the party was re constituted following the expul sion of Earl Browder who had sought to liquidate the Com munist Party. A penalty of 10 Mundt to ask passage of police state measure As Congressmen flocked back to Washington this week in re sponse to President Truman’s call for a special session, Rep. Karl Mundt (R., S. D.) announced that he would press for quick passage of a new version of his Mundt-Nixon police state bill. At the same time Gerald L. K. Smith, head of the fascist-like Christian Nationalist Crusade, which damns with equal vigor Jews, Negroes, Communists, and organized labor, told his follow ers in a letter from his St. Louis headquarters: "Jusl before Congress adjourn- P'S ♦ - ‘*« - - '» 7 • -.r. *.. i WgsSLmJW -: .Jfjß K jar jp t • %, •iunfir-rT jjjfc/* - 'ijJSSP BMH^^^wimMr^Hli)■• «x' "" * •*» .WT ■*:. vii; '****?r J WHEN Ihe mercury begins looming, iry to get a little comfort out of this picture of Barbara Dennison and Martha Mitchell keeping cool by burning up the Florida waterways. Housing stall no problem—PPl The housing stall continued in Chicago this week, from Mayor Kennelly on down, but the Pro gressive Party wasn’t buying any of it. The Cook County Committee of the Prog. Party offered to find riles within 24 hours for the 2,000 public housing units whose loca- years in prison and SIO,OOO fine is specified in the Smith Act. The mass arrests were seen as a change in official policy from the previous "one-at-a-lime" strategy under which Communist leaders were previously arrested, mainly on deportation charges. * * * THE New York Sun which had previously “leaked” stories about the secret grand jury sessions, stated that the indictments were reported at this time to embarass the New Party now holding its founding convention in Philadel phia. Not since the Hitler persecu tion of the Communists and its emulation in other fascists and semi-fascist countries has such a move of suppression taken place against the Communists. It is expected that mass pro tests will be launched exceeding that which halted the Mundt Bill in the last session of Congress. ed I was invited to present to the U. S. Senate Judiciary Com mittee a statement relating to the bill presented by Congress man Mundt and Congressman Nixon asking that the Communist Party be outlawed ..." Smith, who recently published a defense of Adolph Hitler, strongly supports the bill, he an nounced. The bill not only would out law the Communist Party, but also would strike at every union and progressive organization. lion has been under long discus sion among city officials. The offer, which was contained in a letter sent to Mayor Ken nelly and Aid. William J. Lan caster (37th), chairman of the City Council Housing Committee, pointed out: “There are within the city limits of Chicago about 19 square miles of entirely vacant resi dential building sites that are one acre or larger in size. Two thirds of these have already been subdivided and utilities have al ready been installed for many sites. « * * "IT WOULD REQUIRE only one quarter of a mile —a little more than one per cent of the 19 miles available—to construct the 2,000 units now under consider ation.” Supporting The Star’s story last week, which pinned blame for the housing stall on city offi- ’ cials’ timidity in the face of race baiters’ objections that Negro families might move into “white” areas if the original housing plan * went through. The Chicago Sun- Times stated editorially, July 19: ' "It is time for the City Coun cil. the mavor, and the public to face frankly and courageously the reasons underlying opposition to the construction of relocation hourmct on vacant land outside the blighted areas. The principal reason, we are sorry io say, is that some of the families to be di">’aced by slum clearance will be Negro families. * * * "CERTAIN ALDERMEN and certain neighborhood interests evidently object to the construc tion of homes which MIGHT be occupied by Negroes anywhere except in areas already so occu pied. In other words, they are demanding that all the Negroes in Chicago be kept right where most of them are—in a segre gated ghetto which is already bursting at the seams with too many people.” Meanwhile, more talk-talk, and no housing. Mayor Kennelly was to hold another meeting this week with members of the City Council Housing Committee and Milton Mumford, city housing co ordinator, to discuss the reloca tion housing sites.