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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN
Price of Newspapers. I have re
ceived the following letter from the
president of the Chicago Newsboys'
Editor Day Book: It has come to
(9 my attention that the publishers of
Chicago daily newspapers are to in
crease our present price on papers
per .hundred. If you have any
knowledge of this increase, I, as pres
ident of the Newsboys' Protective
Association, would gladly like to be
informed. The rumor has been very
strong among the newsboys. V. A.
I am not a member of the Chicago
Publishers' Association and am not
in touch with the publishers of other
papers. Hence, I know nothing
from them. I have heard stories
from my circulation department for
some time that the other publishers
were going to raise their price, "but
they got it from employes of the cir
culation departments of the ether
First, the story was that the papers
would raise the retail price of all
papers from one cent to two. It was
rumored that one of the papers was
.holding out against this raise. Then
came the story that the price to the
public would remain the same one
cent but that the publishers would
raise the price to newsboys from 60
cents per 100 to 70cents.
I know nothing at all abbut it ex
cept what came to me in the way 1
T My judgment is that it would be, a
good thing for the publishers, the
newsboys and the public if the papers
raised the retail price to two cents
and gave the newsboys a fair share
of the increase. I don't think it is
fair, however, for the publishers to
raise the price to-newsboys and not
to the public. That would amount
to levying a war tax on, newsboys..
It is a fact, however, that the war
is mighty expensive for the papers.
It costs them much more to "get the
news, they lose money on every copy
they sell at present prices and can't
increase their advertising receipts
one reason being that additional cir
culation made by war extras every
few minutes isn't worth much, if any
thing, to advertisers.
I think it would be a good thing
for everybody concerned if the
papers were to retail for two cents
each and especially for the public.
As it is, the more circulation one of
these papers gets the more money it
loses on white paper, and the more
advertising it has to get to overcome
that loss and make a profit.
That is a bad thing for the public,
because it makes riewspapers too de
pendant upon advertisers and that
means running newspapers for the.
benefit of advertisers instead of
That's the big trouble with news
papers now. It's'the real reason why
we have no such thingis a free press.
It is one reason why The Day Book
was started as an adless newspaper,
dependant entirely upon its readers
for its income.
The Protection We Need. In
times of peace we have vice crusades,
crime hunts and the like, and some of
our best little reformers, who frank
ly admit that they are "good" peo
ple, entertain us with first page
stories in the" newspapers.
In war time, however, when the
people all over the country are arous
ed by the ever increasing nigh cost
of living, we discover that we have
plenty of laws to protect mem women
and children from thieves, gamblers,
prostitutes, pickpockets, yeggs and
crookB generally, BUT
That we haven't any laws at all to
protect men, women and children by
the millions from our, eminently re
spectable, prominent and leading
" Reformers make an awful fuss
about the miserable crooks who rob
a'f ew individuals; but they slngsmaU
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