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they appear to fall into every trap la'd for them- whenever something' is
started that looks like a "good story."
They all fell for the West Side "jackroller" bunk, and every time some
poor devil of a drunk fell down and bumped his head he was good for a
"jackroller" story. And Judge Mahoney made good copy every time he
bubbled over and and gave his Imagination free rein.
Then the press associations grabbed theBe "good stories" from the
local papers and spread the lie all over the world that Chicago was infested
w:th "jackrollers" and murder was a daily pastime of the population.
"When that story died down the Hearst papers were ready with another.
Judge Mahoney took a back seat, and State's Attorney Hoyne edged up to
the front and gave birth to a "crime trust." And the other fool papers fell
for this "good story," too.
So did the press associations; and again Chicago was advertised the
world over as the headquarters of a monster "crime trust"
If any of the publishers, who don't want to play Hearst's Chicago
game knowingly, had had a thimbleful of political brains they might have
seen through this political play. Really I think the smartest thing Hearst's
man Lawrence does in Chicago is to make monkeys of the other pub
lishers, who would like to put him out of business, but haven't sense enough
to take advantage of his repeated blunders.
And much as I despise the Hearst papers for theirbetrayal of the
'workers who gave The American its circulation, their subservience to Big
e Business and for their sickening gush about their chesty owner, still I some
times think they are not so bad as the others. Certainly they are a lot
smarter; and if they were real smart they would beat the others to a frazzle.
If these anti-Hearst publishers could see through an open window they
might have seen the whole play by merely reading Maclay Hoyne's pub
lished conversation. For he tipged the game off when in his joyous exuber
ance he told how all the "crooked" policemen would be brought before the
Civil Service Commission.
All the wise ones had to remember was that Harmon Campbell, busi
ness manager f Hearst's Chicago Examiner, is president of the Civil Ser
vice Commission and how he helped strengthen Hearst's grip on the
police force a little over a year ago by investigating vice and crime and
then getting rid of anti-Hearst police officials and putting Hearst men in
Then came the lockout of union pressmen by the trust papers, and
when the stereotypers, drivers and newsboys went out, Paddy Lavin was
brought into the loop from Hyde Park and put in charge of the strike squad,
with his headquarters in the Hearst building.
Crime was rampant then the very worst kind of crime. But it was
committed in the interest of the trust newspapers so there were no
'stories about it in those papers. Not only were newsboys and other union
jnen arrested and locked up without causes, but ex-convicts, thugs, slug
gers and gunmen were deputized as special policemen and deputy sheriffs
and turned loose to lick the unions.
S id tvo brutal murders were committed by these trust newspaper
.gunman 'or which nobody has yet been tried. I refer to the murder of
Conductor Witt and Teamster Hehr who were murdered by newspaper
t iicrs aie full o'bg stc""3 now about a "crime trust" of clair
voyants who swindled trusting fools of their money but never a line when