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"STOP PAYING for our ruin and degradation! Don't continue to PAY
papers and politicians to do their utmost t6 ruin us and kill our business!
Give support to those who help us, NOT to those who hurt us! Advertise
in such papers and magazines only as promote peace and prosperity!
Patronize those who work to BUILD, and refuse to aid those who BERATE
and vho seek to 'BREAK' us!
"Will you not join in an effort to stop, or to at least stay, this attempt
to 'put out of business' everyone of us who has any real success? It can
be done by co-operation by UNITING for action, and then ACTING in a
way to tell and terrify!"
And finally this frenzied piano manufacturer winds up his appeal to
arms with the follpwing:
" 'We must stand together or hang together,' for unless we can end
these 'endless' attacks on SUCCESS and ACHIEVEMENT of GOOD MEN
and GOOD MONEY, we shall soon be in the throes of a revolution shall
be subject to the CRIMES OF A THOUGHTLESS MOB INCITED TO
VIOLENCE, OF ALL SORTS, BY THESE PREACHERS OF HATE, ENVY,
MALICE AND DISCONTENT!"
There is entirely too much in Bent's cry of alarm for me to print, but I
have given enough of it to show what is running through the pianomaker's
mind surely enough to indicate that he is out of tune if his music boxes
IF YOU SIZE UP AND READ BETWEEN THE LINES, BENT WOULD
HAVE BIO BUSINESS WHIP ALL THE REST OF CREATION INTO SUB
JECTION WITH THE BRUTE FORCE OF DOLLARS.
ADVERTISING PATRONAGE WOULD BE WITHDRAWN FROM
NEWSPAPERS THAT DARE DO ANYTHING FOR HUMANITY THAT
HURTS BUSINESS, WHETHER THAT BUSINESS HAPPENS TO BE
LEGITIMATE OR ILLEGITIMATE.
MERCHANTS AND MANUFACTURERS WHO ADVERTISE WOULD
ORGANIZE TO CRIPPLE AND CRUSH FINANCIALLY, TO PUT OUT OF
BUSINESS ANY NEWSPAPER OR MAGAZINE PUBLISHER WHO
PRINTED NEWS OR EDITORIALS THAT TENDED TO HELP HUMANITY
AT THE EXPENSE OF SLAVE-DRIVING, COLD-BLOODED, MERCILESS,
Business has already gone so far along this line of intimidation that
advertising newspapers fear to fight for men, women and children who are
white slaves of industry and commerce.
Not one of the big dailies help the girls in department stores get a living
wage BECAUSE THE MILLIONAIRE OWNERS OF THOSE STORES
HOLD OVER THE HEADS OF NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS THE THREAT
OF FINANCIAL DEATH.
The influence of advertisers in Chicago is all powerful in government
because of the MONEY they pay newspapers for advertising. That makes
MONEY the real government of Chicago, and HUMAN BEINGS must be
slaves of the men who control the MONEY.
Now Bent, the pianomaker, would organize all the men who control
MONEY and ADVERTISING for the avowed purpose of starving to death
any publication that refuses to obey the orders of MONEY and ADVER
TISING. The Tribune's capital offense was, of course, its part in the exposure
of the INVISIBLE GOVERNMENT, which rules this republic with a hand
That exposure showed up the National Association of Manufacturers,