And today both of his Chicago papers are on the unfair list of
the Chicago Federation of Labor, placed there after full investiga
tion of the pressmen's lockout and because it was. a Hearst paper
that first locked out the union pressmen.
I am told that outside publications with a nation-wide circula
tion contemplate investigating Chicago's crime wave, and especially
the employment of thugs, sluggers and ex-convicts as newspaper
circulation boosters and strikebreakers.
Whether they do or not, full publicity of newspaper government
in Chicago, and its relation to vice and crime, is bound to be given
to the entire country, even if they are powerful enough to suppress
the truth in Chicago. As a friendly tip, I suggest that any Chicago
newspaper that is in this slugging game get out of it mighty quick.
Some day the people here may get men in office who will get
after the men who hire gunmen; they may go after the men
Down at Lawrence, Mass., Ettor and Giovannatti were locked
up on a murder charge of being accessories before the fact. The
difference between their case and that of a rich man who hires gun
men to fight his battles against labor, and murder is committed by
such gunmen, is that Ettor and Giovannatti didn't hire ex-convicts
as gunmen, and instead of inciting workingmen to riot, they cau
tioned them against violence.
I wish there were a preacher in Chicago with the courage to in
vestigate ALL causes of (crime in Chicago, even if it happened to
lead to investigation of newspapers that had ex-convicts deputized
as special policemen and put to work as strikebreakers.
P. S. This is the darndest town I ever saw. Last week I in
vited the assessor to visjt me and assess The Day Book, so I could
pay taxes. I haven't paid a cent of taxes in Chicago, and the as
sessor hasn't called yet.
What's the matter? Don't newspapers pay taxes in Chicago?
Are publishers a privileged class? Won't they let me pay taxes
when I want to?
Recently a minister said to his
servant one morning: "Mary, you
must be very careful of the coal.
Our stock is running low and
there is no' saying when we may
be able to get more." "Yes, sir,"
said Mary, humbly. "A'm savin'
every cin'er." "Ah," said her mas
ter, "I have been trying to do that
Gabe They are using a new
anaesthetic that makes you laugh
when doctors are operating on
you. Steve But can it make you
laugh when you pay the bills?
"So you wouldn't begin a jour
ney on Friday? I thought you
said you were not superstitious?"
for forty years." ' "I'm not; Saturday's pay day."
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