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There's considerable furor in all the papers about local poli
tics and candidate for office, yet none of them offer anything to the
people. It appears to be nothing 'but a scramble for office.
And each paper is trying to get some fellow in'who will be
firiendly to that paper.
Hearst's fight for Carter Harrison for mayor was intended to
help Hearst get a grip on Chicago and Illinois Democratic politics
for presidential purposes.
He got the business manager of the- Examiner in the job as
president of the Civil Service Commission, and then proceeded to
force a re-organization of the police force so as toe make it a part of a
Hearst-Lawrence machine. And Harrison saw Hearst's gang put
the cleaner on the very Democratis that gave Harrisdn the nomina
tion over Dunne.
Then there's the fight of all the other papers against Peter
(Bartzen. Pete seems to be an official they can't handle. So they've
put up on the Republican ticket a former member of the newspaper
publishers trust to run against Bartzen. This would put the pub
lishers' trust in the saddle in the county if they win. (
Hearst is supporting Bartzen, not for the public good so much
as to beat the other publishers and get Bartzen's help on the Demo
Take all the candidates for minor offices. No matter who hap
pens to be elected, the people get the same old thing in the same old
neck. The difference between Democrats .and Republicans is vast
when they are begging for votes, but you can't see it with the neked
eye once they get in. '
Can you tell the difference between an Illinois Central Demo
crat and an Illinois Central Republican?
But the point to this whole story is this: Do YOU see any
where, in any newspapers, any boss or any candidate one single
thing that would lead yu to believe that any one of them is seri
ously interested in the public welfare or YOUfe good?
And when the people do happen to get a man in office like
Dunne, all of these interests get busy to throw him out and put in
a mannikin like Busse.
Is it any wonder that the great army of people who are work
ing for a living don't get very excited about the newspapers, the
bosses and their politics?
Chinese are "peeved" because
Americans do not put enough
postage on the letters. They
seem to forget they're getting civilization.
A stray volume of real life is
the daily packet of the postman.
Douglas Jerriod. We agree
with him, especially when the
mail contains bills.