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NEWS ABOUT CHICAGO NEWSPAPERS
The all-wise editors of the or
gans 'of special privilege are now
telling labor -all about , it just
what to think and just what to do.
Here's a sample from the Chica
go Daily 'News, owned and pub
lished by Vjctor F. Lawson. who
is also the real owner of the Record-Herald,
and who wants to
own The Tribune, too:
"The great service to labor
which Mr.Steffens has performed
is the bringing about of a situa
tion which enables labor to 'find
itself.' Thus it 'is given the opportunity-
which it must not fail
to use to the fullest extent, to re
ject and. repudiate, now; and. for
ever the lawbreaker who commits
foul crimes and defends them on
the plea that he is 'making war'
in labor's- interest?'
Suppose we admit all of the
argument, why not dose the
I goose with the same sauce as the
If Lawson is owner and editor
of The News and actual owner of
The Record-Herald, why not
print an editorial in both of these
organs of Big Business, issuing a
sfmilar mandatory .injunction to
newspapers commanding them
to reject and repudiate now and
. forever the lawbreaker who com
mits foul crimes,''., even though
those . foul" crimes include the
slugging of Tribune newsboys by
, It was only a short time ago "
a matter of a few weeks when
an employe of the Record-Herald
named Dowd, was arrested on
complaint of . The Tribune for J
slugging a Tribune newsboy.
Now that the viftuous Mr
Eawson feels as he professes to
feel about crime, isn't it a good
time for him to use his influence
as boss of the Chicago newspa
per trust, to have them reject
"now and forever" alL hoodlums
hired by newspapers as sluggers?
Even if the learned publisher,
can't tell the other publishers,
what -to do, he certainly ought to
have enough influence with his
News and Record-Herald to per
suade them to getirid of all law
less sluggers in their employ.
There may be some reason why,
it is wrongjfor workingmen to
hire lawbreakers, and right for
Big business to -do -the same
thing. But we can see how it's
right either for .a McNamara to
fight with dynamite or a newspa
per publisher to use prize-fighters.
About the only difference is
that it requires some courage to
handle dynamite, while a coward,
can hire sluggers.' '
But the average man will feel
that lawbreaking is wrong, no
matter who the offender may be ;
and that it is even less admirable
in a rich man than a poor One.
Just now the people of Chicago
are frightened' by the daily out
rages of the criminal class, yet a
large part of the' police force is
loaned out to a privileged few -protecting
private property while
human life is -being destroyed
recklessly day and night.
And it develops that" the Chi-'