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policeman wouldn't -want to interfere with Hearst automobiles and get in
bad with so influential a political boss as Lawrence.
But possibly The Tribune was timid on that particular matter, because
it yas just as busy in that war on union labor as the Hearst papers were.
Ana The Tribune was probably just as much interested as Hearst was last
year in having ex-cdnvicts, gunmen and sluggers sworn in as deputy sheriffs
and policemen to make" war on union pressmen, stereotypers, drivers and
If the law has been set aside in Chicago for Hearst's benefit, The
Tribune and other papers have made no complaint about it. On the con
trary, they have themselves enjoyed the same special privileges that Hearst
has. And if Hearst was above the law, so were all the other trust papers.
Mr. Busse went to the wrong place to get information. He can't rea
sonably expect one member of the newspaper trust to squeal on another.
It would be far better to get a legislative committee to come to Chicago,
lift the newspaper lid, and let the people see what's going on inside.
It would be mighty interesting. The papers in the Chicago newspaper
trust are The News, Triburie, American, Examiner, Journal, Post, Record
Herald and Inter-Ocean. As near as I can figure it out they stand together
against the unions and the public and' for the State street advertisers and
After that they split and all the rest of 'em are against The Ameri
can and Examiner and would like to see Hearst driven out of the Chicago
With Hearst disposed of, then the rest of them split with The News and
Record-Herald against The Tribune, and the Journal against The News
the little Post off to one side by itself, and the Inter-Ocean looking particu
larly after the interests of Big Business. '
Lawson owns The News and Record-Herald, andhas been after The
Tribune for several years. That's what that fight was all about when The
Tribune and Record Herald dropped in price from two cents to one.
But all of this fighting is beneath the 'surf ate, where the public can't
see i. When Hearst first blew into Chicago, his manager had to hire prize
fighters and sluggers to keep the other papers from driving his newsboys
off the street.
He championed the cause of labor, and through labor's active assist
ance quickly got a big circulation for The American. And he promised or
ganized labor he wouldn't join the publishers' trust.
It was, a bad day for him when that promise was broken, and he was
lured into the combine. While he was on the outside he had the combine
licked. Now that he's on the inside, they've got him in a jam."
The other bunch was foxy last year when- they got the Hearst papers
to lock out the union pressmen, for ever, since then Hearst has had to carry
the burden of the fight. His papers were the only ones put on the unfair
list by the Chicago Federationof Labor, and this fact was used by can
vassers for other papers in the scramble to get back circulation when the
lockout and strike excitement died down.
Before the lockout, The American had passed The News and was In
first place in the evening field; anjdThe Examiner had passed The Trihune
in the morning field. Now they've maneuvered both The American and
Examiner back into second place in their respective fields. For neither The
News nor The Tribune is on labor's unfair list.
One funny thing about it is that The News and Tribune have the
secret-sympathy of Big Business andarjeigettingv-theiadvertlslng.... .