May 17, 1935, Page 1
Alderman Jacobs Introduces Bill
|The text of the Jacobs Bill is printed on page 5 of this issue.|
In delimiting the bill Mr. Jacobs, declares that it "is needed to defend American institutions. There is a small minority of subsidized propagandists in our schools," he said. "They have been subsidized to undermine our institutions. We have got to smoke them out," he concluded.
Mr. Jacobs denied his bill was intended to suppress criticism of public school and college authorities. "Just illegal criticism," he explained.. Speaking of the college men who participated in the anti-war demonstrations at City College. Mr. Jacobs declared, "Now the actions of these students–yes, I guess you might call them pacifist students–were criminal. They should have been dealt with accordingly."
According to Dr. Harry W. Laidler, executive director of the League for Industrial Democracy, the measure is "a Fascist menace and a danger to the educational system," and should be revised "out of existence."
In a letter to alderman Jacobs protesting against the introduction of the loyalty bill, !r. Laidler wrote: "I am sure on reconsideration that you will free yourself from the hysterical reactionary pseudo-patriotic forces that may have urged you to introduce this bill."
A plea to Alderman Jacobs in the name of the democratic ideals which "our colleges sought to instill in you" to withdraw his bill, was voiced on Tuesday by Professor Louis A. Warsoff of the Government department before the Young Folks League of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
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