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pons and property which hitherto
have unlawfully escaped taxation.
"In connection with the foregoing,
I call your attention to the fact that
a charge has been made repeatedly
during the past tenyears that certain
persons having-, or claiming to have,
political influence have solicited trade
or business of various kinds under
the claim that they were able to re
duce assessments, or prevent assess
ments, upon property which should
be taxed. There have been" repeated
charges made of conspiracy between
persons making'such claims and ein.
ployes of the "taxing body. It is my
earnest desire to receive from you
any information you may have
against any former or present em
ploye of the board, or any .other per
son, or corporation, who has been
guilty of the violation of the criminal
code of this state.
"I am sending a like letter-to the
chairman of the board of assessors.
"Very truly yours,
ADVERTISERS DECIDE WHICH
NEWSPAPERS SHALL LIVE IN CHICAGO
BY N. D. COCHRAN
The plight of the Record-Herald and Inter-Ocean, two of the "oldest
newspapers in Chicago, may serve to give both people and publishers a"
better insight into the newspaper business.
Take the Record-Herald. It has a daily circulation of 140,000 and a
Sunday circulation of 200,000; yet it has been losing over $300,000 a year
tqx many years, and one man has been standing that loss. Lawson makes
enough profit, out of the News to be able to stand the loss, bilt there is no
reason why He should.
Nor is there any reason why local advertisers should support four
morning newspapers. The tax is too great on business; and consumers
would have to pay it in the end anyhow.
But the success of newspapers should not be dependent upon adver
tising. So long as newspapers are dependent upon advertisers instead of their
readers, newspapers will necessarily be run .in the interest of Big Business
rather than for the public benefit
If there were but two morning newspapers instead of four, and the
State street stores are in position to decide which two shall live and which
shall die, that is bad for the public;
for it gives dollars a greater influence
When the Tribune and Record
Herald, because of keen competition
for circulation, reduced their retail
price from two cents to one, it was a
bad thing for the people of Chicago
and gave the State street stores and
the loop interests a tighter grip on
the newspaper situation.
It would be far better for news
paper readers to pay two, or three,
or even five cents for a paper, and
have that paper independent of ad
vertisers, than to be able, to buy it for
one cent and place publishers at the
mercy of advertisers.
I feel this way about it: If the Record-Herald
were in advance its selling,
price to 2 cents or to 3 cents and all
other morning papers would continue
retailing for 1 cent, I would buy the
Record-Herald In preference- to any
other, and believe -the Record-Herald
would be the best morning paper in
As a business proposition the Record-Herald
has a terrific handicap in
-its bonded indebtedness and in the
foolish rental it pays for the big
building it occupies, and on night
priced land. It would be better off o