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INCIDENT SHOW3NGH0Wie-DER&RTMENT STORES
CONTROL NEWS COLUMNS OF THE PRESS
Thfe is an incident such as has happenedln Chicago over and.
,A ,It is'an incident which explains why the report of the Vice
- Commission that terrible indictment of the great department
y stores of Chicago never has been given to the people, nor even a
v hint of its contents given to them through the newspapers.
& It is an incident which explains, why the killing of Marshall
9 Field, jr., in the Everleigh club never -was printed in the newspapers,
why "his murderer or murderess never was bro'ught to justice.
It is an incident which explains why the Hearst newspapers; in
- Chicago, which always are declaring they are for the plain people,
always select the plain people of China, or Turkestan, or Timbuctoo-,
to champion, and never the plain people of Chicagp. . -
l. Boston. Anril 27. An instance rtf hhto news is stinnre&serf artrl
the breaking of the laws encouraged because the big department
stores of American cities, through their advertising, control tHe
news columns of the papers, was brought to light here today.
Last Tuesday, Iris Louise Cohe-, five years old, was. boiled to
death in the great department store of Houghton and Dutton.
The little girl was sitting at. the store's lunch counter, A
caldron of water, being emptied into a coffee urn, toppled andVell.
Its boilingjjpntents deluged the child. A '
Her screams rang through the department store. Her delicate
flesh reddened and cnmpled under the boiling heat of the water.
The, people were rushed out of the toom. An ambulance was
called. The police were notified. "
- The little girl died in the ambulance on the Way to the hdspital.
Not one line of this occurrence was printed 'in any Boston
The police department today denied all knowledge of the ac
cident. ' m i
But when the police department as told that an official of the.
department store had admitted the accident, the department con-'
f essSd it had lied and that it had known of the accident all the time.
No one knows who was responsible for the death of that child.
But this is certain:
If a similar accident-nad happened in some little lunch Counter,
owmid by aipoor man who could not afford to buy the' souls of news
paper proprietors withuadvertising) therewould have been a great
outcry, and a demand that the personguilty of carelessness'or negli
gence be punished.
And, in such a case, ,the peit'sdn jguiltyofrsuch carelessness or
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