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J SHALL CHICAgOBE FREE?
Any man "with red blood and a little of the milk 6f human kind
ness, in his veins can see the absolute necessity of the newspaper
employes sticking together1 in the war with theJChicago newspaper
-publishers. ' '
v The .publishers' association is a union. It is, the strongest and
fe uvaj.ouugdHL union in nicago. Ana its activities nave nut uttu
p directed solely to a fight on labor unions.
f It has conspired aeainst the whole oeoole of Chicago, even t,o-
the-point of suppressing truth and circulating- downright lies. -,f
It has cdnspired to control the government of Chicago and of
the' State of Illinois, by giving its political support' only to uch
candidates for office as would pay the price of obedient service to
the,trust . '
It ha? hired thugs and sluggers to browbeat and bulldoze news-
boys; ana it has suppressed the news of tfie outra'ges committed by
its sluggers. ' , '
V , Every office holder it could not control it has abused and
When there were disagreements between.the employers of Big
Business and their employes, tehas colored the news in order to de
ceive'thj. public and createprejudice in jthe public mind against ofv
' Tightly organized by an, iron-clad union agreement themselves
thp members, of this vicious trust sefck to prevent their empolyes
from gettirig that protection to their rights as they can get .only
through' organization. v
They have hired sluggers themselves, and when some of the
sluggers in the employ of Chicago newspapers have been tried and
convicted of murder, these newspapers' have called them labdr
JVhen an eminent Vice Commission showed the connection, be-
tween Jow wages in the department stores and the social evil, .these
trpstpublishers suppressed the report. Was it because that report
reflected upon the? cupidity,' greed and human depravity of their
big advertisers? " , -
And even m this lpckout, these papers lie to their "readerm
order to deceive them into believing that union workmen violateid,
tneir contrast and went, on a strike; when the truth is, that the or
ganized publishers have been getting ready for many mQnths to
drive the unions out and for.ee th open shop the open shop which
, will only be open to non-union workmen.
, "Already the publishers' trust has shown its political pdwer by