poling machine company, or any public service corpora
tion. , .
v The committee should also investigate the midnight
school-land lease, whereby The Tribune and The News
occupy school lands in Chicago, at a rental based on a
much lower valuation thanks fixed on other land in the
The people should learn, also, through such investi
gation, how it happened that Victor F. Lawson, owner of
The News and Record-Herald, had his $1,500,000 man
sion placed on the tax duplicate atso low a valuation
last year, that the multi-millionaire publisher and boss of
the newspaper trust paid less than $18.00 taxes on that
mansion in 1912. .
And if the legislature really wants to uncover tfie
invisible government in Chicago, Jet it investigate the
State street store trust and find out how it controls the
Chicago newspaper trust through the brute force 'of ad
Let the legislature find out why the. big stores or
ganize a union of their own, yet oppose a union of their
If any Chicago newspapers are rotten because their
big advertisers force them to lie, and to cheat their
readers by coloring and suppressing the truth then the "
people of Chicago and of Illinois have. a right to know it.
Mayor Harrison has been attacked, and the blow
was aimed at Hearst as well. Both now demand a show
down. If that's a bluff, it ought to be, called by the, Illinois
legislature. If theyxre sincere, thejnvestigationshould
be made anyhow. '
But we take no stock in any grand jury investiga
tion under the direction of State's Attorney Hoyne. '
A legislative investigation would be open, and. the
public would get the truth.
A grand jury investigation would be secret--and
the public wouldn't know what thd grand jury found out'
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