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Then there's the political side of it By getting hhnself in had with
lahor, Hearst has weakened the Harrison administration, and former friends
of Harrison have been deserting to the Sullivan camp in droves. The de
feat of Bartzen and the narrow squeak by which Hoyne pulled through,
last fall, taken in connection with the sweeping victory of the anti-Hearst
Democrats this spring, has weakened the H.-H. wing of the Democratic
Harrison's only defenders are the Hearst papers. All the others are
combined to beat him for the nomination or at the polls. In order to pound
Hearst down, the newspaper game is to pound down everybody connected
The newspaper fight on the voting machine deal is part of the play.
I don't know whether there was anything crooked in that deal or not, but
it is plain enough that the other newspapers hdpe there is; and in any event
it wfll be campaign material for the next election. That's what all the
hammering, hinting and insinuating just now means.
If the papers really have any information they saved it for the legisla
tive committee and kept it away from the grand jury. That was doubtless
because the state's attorney and his assistants belong to the H.-H. faction.
But wouldn't there be a howl if the legislature should appoint a com
mittee to investigate Chicago newspapers and get the information P. W.
Busse asked The Tribune for?
In the meantime why doesn't the "world's greatest newspaper" answer
the questions of F. W. Busse?
ANYWAY, THE YOUNGSTER WAS
"A WONDERFUL BABY
Traffic Officer Murphy, detailed at
Fifth avenue and Lake sC, is a much
wiser policeman this morning than
he was yesterday morning.
Yesterday afternoon while standi
ing in his usual place, a small, neat
looking woman of about twenty-five
summers, came up to him carrying
a little bundle in swaddling clothes.
The bundle was unceremoniously
thrust into Murphy's arms. The lady
explained that it was a baby.
"I was standing at the corner wait
ing for a car," she said, "when a sorrowful-looking
woman came and
asked me to hold this babe while she
stepped into a hallway to arrange
her dress "
"Yes, yes, go on," urged Murphy.
"Well, she didn't come back," she
Murphy was all sympathy.
"Ill take the baby, ma'am," he
said, "and by the way, what's your
name? I'll have to make a report."
"Mrs. Nellie Williams," she re
plied, and gave, an, address in Joliet-
and then drifted into the crowd. -
Later on, a suspicious sergeant at
the station sent a telegram to Joliet
for information concerning the
"No such street in Joliet. Never
heard of Mrs. Williams," came- back
the answer. The baby was taken to
St. Vincent's Orphan Asylum.
The following noteWas pinned to
the infant's dress:
"This baby was born April 17, 1913.
May he fall into good hands. I'm a
lonely woman with no means to care
for him. A lonely mother."
Murphy was seen later on his beat.
"Oh, Oim a fine chump," he sighed
as he harshly halted a teamster,
"but" and his face softened
"wasn't it a wonderful baby?"
- "What's the trouble, dear?" asked
a woman of her troubled-looking
husband. "Oh, I'm worried about the
money market," he testily responded.
"And I'm bothered about the market
money," quietly remarked the wom
an, as she counted the contents of
her purse," v "