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But af$er The Tribune' saw the error of its ways and threw-out
the loan-shark advertising, the editorial department got busy dis
Tnfectjng and fumigating itself. c -
,. Today, for example, it publishes an editorial jn which it wisely;
and profoundly exclaims: C . -
, vUThe, bloodsucking usurer is a shocking anachronism 'in this
gpuntryf There is no shadow of. excuse "for these vampires who
prey upon the weak, the sick, the ignorant, waiting tp fatten them
selves when -accident or mistake'trips for instantL those who are
traveling close to'the edge of misfortune. The loan-shark must go."
All true, of course. .But it was just as true a year ago, or a
month ago, when .The' Tribune was taking money from the loan
shark for advertisements that were published in its columns in order
to lure "the weak, the'sick, the ignorant" into the loan sharks denj
so this "vampire" coujd "fatten" op his victims.
It's a. good thing The Tribune has .reformed but how many
other vampires is it still in business with who will not be. men
tioned now, but who will be denounced, later on when The Tribune
has another moral spasm and throws their advertising, out. too?
Would The Tribune a'nd its es'teemed contemporaries print,
what the Chicago Vice Commission says about the connection be
'tween Department Scores, Low Wages and the Social Evil, if the
department stoes were, to quit advertising? t ,
Would, the I. -C. strikers get a square deal in the, newspapers if
the railroads didn't advertise?
Just questions that's all. But no Chicago newspaper dare
answer them. '
By the way,T did you notice the big ads in' today's Chicago
Journal, of The People's Gas Light and Qoke Co.,' The Illinois
Traction system, The. International Harvester Co., The Jahicago
Telephone Co., The Commonwealth Edison, The Chicagp; Bank
, and Trust Companies, ahd about all the corporation plutes intown?,
What's coming now? 'Where will the people get it next?
BEER RECEIPTS FOR 1911
tm According to the report issued
by u. i. internal revenue collec
tor Fitch, for the first district of
111. There is an increase in usage
ofbeer, whisky and cigajettes and
Heclining use of cigars -and pipes
in 1911 over 1910.
Beer leads the list, the total re
ceipts being $5,564l40fg.52 witK
an increase of 155,69n&rrels over
1910 ' ,"P"
Thelottaf receipts for the year
were $12,106,547.54, which is &
half a million more than last year
and the highest record madesince
the Spanish-American war when
the war tax was in effect.
Tax. 6n 376,032 barrels of dis
tilled spjrits was paid,, an increase
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