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tion a newspaper publisher can have than his obligation to the public, hi3
And I believe every newspaper publisher owes it to his readers to give
them the plain, unvarnished truth about every matter of public interest that
There isn't a reader-of any paper in Chicago who isn't interested in
a telephone system that means a phone in every home with service at a
penny a call. IT would mean more to more people than all the beautiful
boulevards in town. It would mean an enormous saving of time for every
housewife in Chicago and would contribute enormously to the convenience,
pleasure and happiness of every family.
In the interest of YOUR readers who are your best friends I ask that
all of you print the news concerning this proposed sale and give your read
ers the truth about it. I don't ask that you take any stand on it, or do any
thing that would cut off your advertising revenue. I merely ask that you
give your 'readers the truth, and let them form their own opinions and do
what they please to protect their own interests.
I charge that any newspaper that suppresses the truth, or fails to let
its readers 'know what is going on in this matter, is deliberately cheating
its readers in u&4nterest of the stockholders of public service corporations.
If I make any "statement in The Day Book that is incorrect or mislead- "
ing I ask you to correct .me, and I will give my readers the benefit of the
If you have any reason , good or bad, for favoring the purchase of the
Automatic by the Bell, I ask that you give that reason to your readers.
But don't be cowards. Don't shut your eyes while the public service
corporations are trying to go through the pockets of YOUR readers. Tell
them the truth. Favor the sale editorially if you want to, boost the scheme
of the phone trust and the tunnel company if you think it will increase your
advertising receipts, BUT DON'T SUPPRESS THE'NEWS. DON'T TURN
YOUR BACKS AND SHUT YOUR EYES. DON'T BE GAGGED. DON'T
BE MUZZLED. TELL YOUR READERS THE TRUTH.
I am going to ask such of your readers as read this to write to you and
ask you WHY you don't play fair with them and publish important news
that is of vital interest to them. Sincerely, N. D. Cochran.
REFUSE TO LET. CLAFLIN ACT IN
New York, Sept. 28. After giving
his all his two homes, one at Mor
ristown, N. J., and the other in the
Adirondacks included to the cred
itors of his dry-goods corporation, H.
B. Claflin fought hard for a part in
the reorganization scheme, it was
learned today, following the an
nouncement of the latter. The cred
itors committee stated, however, that
the former head of the corporation
has been barred from any connection
with the business.
Five trustees have been named to
hold all the stock in the Mercantile
Stores Co. and name its directors un
til all debts have been paid. They
are James S. Alexander, John W. T.
Nichols and Henry Howe, New York;
Earnest A. Hamill, Chicago, and
Philip Stockton, Boston.
The Mercantile Stores Co. will con
trol the 23 stores throughout the
country owned by the H. B. Claflin
Co. and will hold the stock of the lat
ter corporation, which will be reor
ganized to take over the wholesale
and jobbing business. '
SHORT WAR POEM