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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 06, 1912, Image 19

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In no other city in the country would th.e figh-'be so easy for
the pubifsjiers, far "Chicago U the qrily city whlre all of th big
dailies are banded to'gethr in a union of tfceir own. They have their
city press association, which serves only members of the publishers'
union. They own the news stands and they control the police force,
and have influence with the courts and even the state administration..
Through their control of the sheriff's office, every man employed
in the business department of the Hearst papers has been sworn in
as a deputy sheriff and wears a. deputy's' badge and carries a big
revolver.
How complete their control of the city government is can be
seen when the police ate ordered td arrest little newsboys who cry
out for sale a paper that doesn'.t belong to the trust.
Also, when innocent "citizens are sluggeaby htf ed newspaper slug
gers, the citizens who are assaulted are the ones arrested while the
newspaper thugs go' free. "
The presept trouble did not spring up suddenly. The publishers
were ready for it. They" have been preparing for it for months. Last
year they did things that created a reasonable presumption that
they were trying to force the pressmen to strike. But the pressmen
held on until their contract with the Hearst papers expired. And
then when they demanded a square deal, they were thrown out of
the Hearst -building by policemen Hearst's hired, .man had there
for that purpose.
Everything has been-done so far to make the publicbelieve that
the "pressmen are rowdies and ruffians; that they are slugging
newsboys and all that. Yet for years these publishers have been
keeping sluggers on their pay-rolls whose Muty it-was to reduce
newsboys and news stand keepers to subjection.
Had it not heen f-er organfzed labor the local publishers' trust
would have been able to absolutely control publicity in Chicago, and
the people would. have got through the papers only such informa
tion as these publishers wanted them to have. Any citizen Ought to
.se"e the danger of such a condition of affairs.
The publishers are so strong now that they can absolutely dic
tate what information concerning the present lockout shkll go out
to the pepple'of the world over the wires of the Associated Press;.
For the members of the Chicago Publishers' Association .are also
members ,of the Associated Press, and Chicago' is the "only city in
theyfcountry where none of"the" big dailies receives the United Press
report; aiid the United Press is the only free nfews gathering agency
in the country that isn't subjecflo the influence of Big Business.
The Daily Socialist and its Inorniiig edition, The Daily World,
are'tfie only newspapers not in the. trust that are selling papers on
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