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N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
BOO SO. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO, ILL
n- , t Editorial. Monro 353
lelepnones Circulation, Monroe 3828
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chicago,
SO cents a Month. By Mail. United
States and Canada. (3 00 a Tear.
Entered as second-class matter April
21, 1914. at the postoillee at Chicago,
111., under the Act of March 3, 1879.
PUBLIC OPINION. Have YOU
noticed the men the newspapers in
terview when they pretend to reflect
They interview prominent bank
ers, corporation lawyers, railroad
presidents and representatives gen
erally of Big Business. That is they
get the opinions of representatives
of dollars "rather than representa
tives of the people.
Not one of the papers sought the
opinion of the representatives of
phone users on the forfeiture of the
tunnel company's phone franchise
and plant All of them printed inter
views with bankers, bond and stock
dealers, grain gamblers, lawyers and
big business men.
This is a good illustration of what
government by newspapers; which
are controlled by their advertisers,
None of the papers interviewed
representatives of labor, either organ
ized or unorganized. They didn't
seek the opinion of any representa
tives of the thousands of women
who are as much citizens of Chi
cago as are Banker Forgan, Banker
Dawes, Lawyer Follansbee. Politician
Upham or President Holden of the
C. B. & Q.
They evidently gave no thought to
the thousands of telephone users and
the many other thousands who might
be users if we had municipal owner-
ship and penny instead of nickel serv
ice. They didn't consider the tax on
every family in town that uses a
All they seemed to be interested in
was to helD out the Dhone trust and
! the bondholders of the tunnel com
pany, chief among whom is Ogden
And all of these "prominent busi
ness men take the position that to
compel a public utility to live up to
its contract with the people is con
fiscation and immoral. If a public
utility makes money out of a con
tract with the people the business
men are satisfied. If it loses then
they want permission to violate the
contract and tax the people to make
up their losses.
This is merely one more illustration
of how the newspapers represent
Big Business instead of their readers.
The ignorance of some persons is
appalling. Here is Wex Jones admit
ting he doesn t know what potlicker
is. Say, if you just add a little shep
herd's purse and dandelion to the
mustard sprouts and take the rind off
the ham hock it can't be beat and
we haven't tasted it for 30 years.
A Scottdale, Pa., man got the baby
to sleep easily for the first time in
four years and refused to shoot at a
burglar for fear of waking the baby.
'Twas a hard choice, but we approve
Possibly the reason the barefoot
boy has become extinct is that the
farmer's son finds it difficult to press
the pedals of his automobile with
The Boston Y. W. C. A. has decid
ed that a woman no longer is a young
woman at 30. CoL Lil Russell will
now rise in her righteous anger.
The Germans have a bomb to drop
from airships and make a fog over
London. If that isn't painting the
lily, what is?
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