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From The Indianapolis News, Friday, March 7, 1921: The Indianapolis board of public works announced today that no group would be permitted to use Tomlinson Hall for meetings at which propaganda against nations allied with the United States would be spread or at which foreign political questions would be discussed. The action was taken following a New York City meeting where German sympathizers denounced France and England and ridiculed the President and other officers of the United States. “Our municipal hall cannot be used for such disgraceful meetings,” said the board chair. The order cancels the reservation by the American Association for the Recognition of the Irish Republic for use of Tomlinson Hall on the evening of April 1 for a meeting at which the Lord Mayor of Cork, who is a political refugee in this country, was to speak.


“Works Board Acts on Propaganda Meetings,” The Indianapolis News, 7 March 1921, p. 1:3

From The Indianapolis Times, Friday, March 4, 1921: Yesterday, the board of park commissioners took the first legal step in the program of acquiring property adjoining public school grounds for the establishment of playgrounds when it adopted a resolution condemning a plot 200 by 300 feet lying east of School No. 22, Kansas and Illinois Streets. The joint program by the park board and the school board contemplates the purchase of ground near eleven school buildings for public and school playgrounds. There are ten houses situated on the proposed playground site near School No. 22, and a public hearing will be held on the condemnation resolution. The board also heard a request from the Brightwood Civic Association that a tract on the east side of Stuart St between Roosevelt Av and 25th St be purchased for a park or playground.


“Step to Acquire Property Taken,” The Indianapolis Times, 4 March 1921, Part Two, p. 7:2

From The Indianapolis Star, Sunday, February 20, 1921: Indianapolis is book poor! The library is 100,000 volumes short of what a library for a city of this size should have, and with a 30% increase in the number of library patrons in the last three years the high schooler trying to get a book on the required reading list, the club woman trying to get material for her club paper, the child looking for a fairy tale, the “shutin” desiring a little fiction, and the mechanic seeking an engineering book often cannot find what they need on the shelves. At present the remedy cannot come through higher taxation nor through the financially burdened board of school commissioners. It must come from the generosity of citizens through wills, memorials, donations, and bequests as many of the Eastern libraries receive their support.


“Indianapolis is Book Poor,” The Indianapolis Star, 20 February 1921, Part Two, p. 11:5

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