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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN
Newspaper Influence. The result
in Cook county doesn't argue much
for the potency of newspaper influ
ence, but indicates that even if the
people do read the newspapers to get
the news, they don't pay much atten
tion to editorial advice.
The overwhelming defeat of A. A.
McCormick for president of the
County Board by' Peter Reinberg is a
case in point. The trust press made
a desperate fight to elect McCormick,
and the folks went quietly up to the
polls and elected Reinberg. And the
judgment of the people was wiser
than that of the newspaper bosses
for Reinberg is a better man for the
people of Cook county in that job that
A desperate fight led by the Trib
against Judge Scully for county
judge resulted in Scully's election
and he goes into office under no ob
ligati6n to the newspaper trust.
The mysterious County Union, that
tried to take the place of the Mu
nicipal Voters' League, and tell the
people how to vote, spoke once and
died. The voters of Chicago are get
Northup was licked for county
judge in spite of the fact that there
was a division of the labor vote be
tween Scully and Cunnea, the latter
getting close to 50,000 votes, about
double the Socialist vote on other
candidates. Scully and Cunnea were
former law partners and both have
been eminently fair and friendly to
labor. Cunnea's vote would have
been much larger, but for the fear
that he couldn't be elected with
Scully in the field, and Scully's labor
record was clear, as was Cunnea's.
The combined influence of the
News, Trib and Herald, who were
playing the Republican game, didn't
amount to much.
The G. O. P. Come-Back. News
papers are giving jery reason for ihe
remarkable come-back of the Re
publican party, except the real one...
The Republican party came bacff"m
an anti - Catholic wave, carefully
worked up and aided by Republican
politicians for that very purpose.
It is hard to tell how much figure
it cut in Cook county, but it was at
work not only in Illinois but all over
the country; and it cut a big figure.
The Menace, chief organ of the Guar
dians of Liberty, a revival of A. P.
A.ism of 20 years ago, has now a cir
culation of something like a million
and a half, and has circulated in all
the states where one or more Cath
olic candidates provided the oppor
tunity for its propoganda.
In Ohio the candidacy of Tim
Hogan for U. S. senator gave Repub
licans the opportunity to play the
game for the whole ticket; and that
resulted in the defeat of Gov. Cox,
who is undoubtedly the best governor
Ohio ever had, if we measure him by
the constructive work he did for the
people of that state.
- Roger Sullivan's candidacy in Illi
nois served the same purpose here, as
did Gov. Glynn's in New York.
Of course, these men had as good
a right to run as any other citizens,
but they chose an unfortunate time
just when the periodical anti-Catholic
wave was on, and at its crest.
Last year Toledo, Ohio, was caught
in the wave. The Protestant preach- ,
ers and many Odd Fellows, Masons,
Knights of Pythians and Woodmen,
together with the old standpat Re
publican forces, got together and
swept Toledo by a majority vote. It
was proudly proclaimed that at last
Toledo had a Christian administra
tion because the moral forces had
But the administration didn't make
good. It proceeded to retire some of
the best members of the police and
fire departments because of their re
ligion, and disorganized both. Cath
olics were fired to make room for
Guardians. Then the Christian
mayor, too, went feyouslj" jgej; and
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