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i Had he been successful he wouldha'ye split organized labor in Chicago
from end to end. But he wasn't successful. Organized labor saw through
the trick andTnet the attack with a solid front. Sunday's tremendous
meeting of the Chicago Federation of Labor tells the story.
Hearst is now up against the stiffest fight of his career. He must
either conquer the several Tiundred thousand union workers in Chicago or
surrender. They hold the power of life or death over his newspapers; for
without circulation newspapers-can't get advertising, and without adver
tising the big dailies can't live.
The fight is especially interesting because it will demonstrate to the
people that after all they are the real power in the making and unmaking of
newspapers and that they can kill off any newspaper that betrays them.
There is little sentiment in business. However much a newspaper may
cater to Big Business and its advertisers, business men won't pay good
money for advertising unless they can profit by it They can't profit by it
unless the newspaper carries advertising to the people who can buy. And
the trade of hundreds of thousands of workers is more valuable to any ad
vertiser than the trade of a handful of employers.
This lesson may teach some publishers of newspapers that their real
obligation is to their readers, rather than to their advertisers. It may teach
them that the readers of any newspaper can exercise an instantaneous re
call on any newspaper by refusing to subscribe for it, buy it or read it.
Newspapers ordinarily are not afraid of this power of recall, because
so few exercise it at the same time. But when the recall is organized, as it
is in the present fight between the Hearst papers and the workers of Chi
cago, the power of the people is overwhelming and irresistible.
When the people understand their own power they will compel the
newspapers to represent their interests instead of the selfish interests of
With The I)ay Book I am trying to show the people of Chicago how to
protect themselves, even against the newspapers. As I accept no adver
tising under any circumstances, I am not interested in them, and owe noth
ing to anybody but the people.
MOVIES TO SHOW ROAD MAKING
Jefferson City, Mo., Aug. 19. Gov
ernor Major proposes to make the
road working in Missouri a big ad
vertisement for the state. He has
arranged at his own expense for
1,000 feet of moving picture film of
the actual road-working to-be shown
throughout the United States-and in
Europe. The governor issued com
mutations releasing three negro
convicts on August 20 because they
worked on the roads and each re
ceives 30, days' time off for this
- Millions of acres of the finest cot
ton lands in the South are owned by
foreign corporations. There are other
foreign questions than that Jap one.
HEAT STOPS LION HUNT
Madison, Wis., Aug. 19. The heat
stopped an exciting lion hunt yester
day when a posse of farmers decid
ed to give up the chase for a creature
about the size of a large dog, with
loqg .mane, .bushy tail, white spots
on its legs and spreading feet, that
has been feeding on the cattle.
Several circuses have been in the
neighborhood lately and the farmers
believed it escaped from one of these
Anna Held and her diamond-studded
stockings have been such a fail
ure in London that she's quit We're
fearful the failure will lead Anna to
appear next in hand-painted ankles.
And an actress' ankle, it is reported,
runs to the knee, i