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the other either got department store adv 'ising or hoped to get it.
Nor are the newspapers entirely to olame. The advertisers
have a union, or organization, that could quickly turn profit to loss
for any newspaper they should determine to quietly boycott by with
drawing their advertising.
In this way the big advertisers, the organized advertisers, be
come an actual menace to Chicago because of their ability to stifle
free speech and a free press.
And without free speech and a free press the people of any city;
will become slaves.
I don't believe there is a publisher in Chicago who would not
like to throw off the shackles of the advertisers if he dared. I don't
believe there is one of them who would not like to be free to tell the
people the truth. But they are not free and can't be free, until the
people thoroughly understand the situation and stand by the news
papers that defy the advertisers and tell the truth.
Here's how it affects the people of Chicago. If the newspapers
were free and not dependent upon advertisers for their profit, pub
licity of all elevator accidents would mighty soon force everybody
to safeguard the people who use those elevators.
If an adless newspaper can help to free other newspapers from
abject slavery to advertisers, it will have done a big thing for the
people of Chicago.
P. S. I see by the papers that Chicago is full of taxdodgers,
and needs the money. That reminds me that I have been publish
ing The Day Book at 500 South Peoria street since October 2, 1911,
and the doggone assessor hasn't been polite enough to make a social
call with his little bunch of blanks and assess me. I have some
perfectly good linotypes, a press that will print 32,000 Day Books
an hour, a few chairs, typewriters and things that ought to be as
sessed. I haven't paid a cent of taxes since I came to town, and I
don't want to belong to the taxdodgers. Will the assessor for my
ward, whatever it is; kindly drop in and assess me. I certainly do
like to pay taxes.
First Girl I like a man with a
past. A man with a past is al
ways interesting. Second Girl
That's true; but I don't think he's
nearly a's interesting as a man
with a future. Third Girl The
man who interests me is a man
with a present ; and the more ex
pensive the present is the more
interest I take in it.
"Lucille !" said a haughty lady.
"Yes, madam," the maid an
swered. "Look out of the window
and see if any person is using the
ocean . If not, I may bathe !"
o o :,
Fifty red-haired schoolgirls
were invited to the launch of a
new steamer at Camden, X. ., in
order to bring luck to the ship.