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of the connection of the newspaper association with the murderers of Con
ductor Witt The following is quoted from the Examiner story published
"In his declaration Attorney Keehn alleges that at the time the Tribufle
published the false and slanderous statements of McCormick its editors
and publishers knew that the Tribune itself was a member of the" Publish
ers' Association and as such member, during the newspaper strike, bore its
relative responsibility for the position taken by the newspapers in that
"The members of the Tribune Company, Mr. Keehn charges, also knew
that the Publishers' Association had admitted its interest in Edward Barrett
and the Friedman brothers by engaging John J. Healy, .former state's at
torney, to defend them in their trial for murder. Despite the fact that the
Tribune had already arranged to pay its share in the defense of the accused
men, who were employed, not by one but by all of the newspapers, it
grasped the opportunity to print a false and slanderous accusation against
A. M. Lawrence, the publisher of the Examiner."
In the second suit for $50,000 the same defendants are charged with
quoting a statement of McCormick, asserting that Maclay Hoyne, the state's
attorney, is under the control and political domination of Andrew M. Law
rence and that Lawrence uses his powerover the state's attorney's office
for corrupt purposes.
The minutes of the Publishers' Association of Qct. 24, 1912, which were
published in The Day Book on Saturday, July 12, show that the publishers
were acting together during the pressmen's lockout, or what the Examiner
calls the newspaper strike.
. They show that Secretary Cary reported having sent the association's
check for $1,000 to M. L. Annenberg of Milwaukee, for services rendered the
association during the lockout and strike. M. L. Annenberg is a brother of
Max Annenberg, circulation manager of the Tribune, and now under bonds
for shooting Alexander Belford on the streets of Chicago a few days ago.
These minutes also show that "the secretary reported that he had
sold for $160.01 property of the association which had been used in the
This probably referred to the place where employes of the Examiner
slept and ate in the Hearst building during the lockout and strike; and it
shows that the papers in the association were working together in the fight
on pressmen, stereotypers, drivers and newsboys.
And now the Examiner charges that the Tribune ami other newspapers
in the association were joint employers of the Barrett brothers and Arthur
Friedman at the time Frank Witt was murdered by the newspaper gunmen.
And all of the newspaper publishers in the trust must have known at
the time these gunmen were employed that Edward Barrett, now in jail for
another murder, was convicted on June 29, 1909, in the U. S. District Court,
of robbing the Chicago postoffice; and that Charles Barrett was convicted
or rape in the criminal court of Cook County on June 13, 1905.
They must have known that these men, and other sluggers and gun
men, were sworn in as deputy policemen and sheriffs last year, at the re
quest of their newspaper employers, and that their business during the
lockout and strike was to fight union newsboys and drivers, or anybody else,
who interfered with the Chicago newspapers in doing as they pleased.
All of this news was printed in The Day Book when the events hap
pened, but was carefully suppressed by the trust newspapers themselves,
fjid now that the publishers are at war among themselves the newspaper