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WHY DOES THE 'PEOPLE'S GOVERNMENT ALWAYS -f
TURN AGAINST THE PEOPLE? ' -a'
J Although not much is said about it there is a human side to this
war betweeh the Chicago publishers. There are wives and children
who do not appear in the foreground, but who ate bravely standing
by their husbands anhfathers and, believing they are right, praying qr
for their, success. "" .
There will be privations, of course. There always are- priva
tions. And there will be suffering. There always is suffering.
Expenses Till have to be cuj.to the bone, and men, women and chifc-x
dren will face the struggle courageously- despite the worry about the. v
rent and, the dailybread. - .
' ' - Not so with the riclTpublishers, however. -Victor Lawson won't ?
suffer. No will anybody dependent upon him"suffer. From his
prdfits of somewhere near a million a year on The Daily News he has
reared, himself, a magnificent mansion, and there is no worry about1
rent or gracerS'and butchers bills. , , i
With annual profits of over a half, million a year, from his Chir
cago papers,1 William Randolph Hearst is free from worry;and &T
busy trying to niake a president. ' v
The millionaire owners of The Tribune can go to. Europe andtd"
revel in the luxuries of life, while the men who make The Tribunetar
"profits 'are fighting for existence. ' 1
Jt's the,"same old story, the same old fight plutocracy against pi
democracy the old, old game of the few riding on the backs of the or
many', and the same old issue of property agamst numanity. z
And though we call this a government of the people, by the peo-q
pie and for the people, strangely eitough all the strengtnof-goventtrt
ment and the lw is on the side of property, dull, senseless, lifeless n
property, and against humanitywith-its bldod, sinews, flesh, bones, x
Heart and brains. ' . ' . .
Made powerful" only through their circulation among the peo
ple, ,and made rich because of money paid by advertisers to reachb
the public through the papers,.M:he publishers use their power toln
make public officials, -policemen and all the machinery of govern- ii
ment serve their private and selfish purpose, v t
Efected by thVpeqple, the mayor shows nis gratitude to the 1
publishers who asked 'the people to vote for "him, and urns the
strength of the people's police force against the men, women and $
children who are" fighting for a square deal.
,That is tfjgreat trouble with representative government to- t
day; It does not represent the people, but serves the self-sele,cted
masters of the people: And the policemen Who sprung from the
Joins of the common geople are ordered to. beat their: brothers on the. t