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ADVERTISING MONEY CONTROLS THE PRESS
SAYS JUDGE FRANK CASE ANGLE
Control of newspapers through
advertising was one of the forces be
hind the defense of "Leo Frank, ac
cording to Judge Newton A. Morris,
the man who rescued Frank's body
from the mob that wanted to hack
and burn the body.
"We feel that the money back of
Frank almost subsidized the press of
the country," said Judge Morris in a
statement to the Tribune. "I do not
charge that money has been directly
Igused, but the Jewish element is
tnrniy, ana, as a ruie, vei,y ia.w-a.uiu-ing.
It does most of the big adver
tising. I believe that had a great deal
to do with the attitude of the press
in this matter."
Morris has been a judge of superior
court and speaker of the general as
sembly of Georgia. His action in
facing threats and seizing the body
of Frank and taking it on his motor
car to Atlanta was one of the few
' heroic sidelights of the lynching. His
statement is a defense of the people
of Georgia. He says they want to
run their own administration of laws
and they resent large sums of money
being brought in.
Judge Morris calls attention to one
action in the defense of Leo Frank
which is questionable. It is a game
played in Chicago often by business
interests who want to reach and in
fluence some branch of government
Morris points to Gov. John Slaton,
who commuted death sentence of
Frank, and the fact that Slaton was
a member of the law firm which got
big money for prosecuting the ap
peals in the Frank case.
"The people of Georgia felt a great
sense of outrage that Gov. Slaton
should be a member of the law firm
which prosecuted' those appeals,"
said Judge Morris.
The Hearst papers outside of At
lanta made loud calls for a new trial
for Frank and commutation of death
sentence. Locally iowever, Hearst 1
paper took an opposite course. That
is, Hearst was with the advertisers
in Atlanta against Frank and with
the advertisers outside for Frank.
Julius Rosenwald gave the Even
ing Post an interview, in which he
said that the law applied in the case
of August Spies and the Haymarket
anarchists should apply in Georgia.
"Spies was condemned to death on
the theory that he who inflames peo
ple's mlnds and induce them by vio
lent means' to accomplish an illegal
object is himself a rioter."
An old friend of Gov. Altgeld, who
pardoned Spies' associates, says:
"Somebody ought to show Mr.
Rosenwald the records on which
Gov. Altgeld based his pardons. He
condemned the newspapers of Chi
cago for what he called 'malicious fe
rocity' in hounding the so-called an
archists. The hanging of the Hay
market labor leaders was a news
New-York, Aug. 19. The muti
lated body of Leo Frank rested early
today in a back room of a Brooklyn
undertaking establishment, where it
was being made as presentable as
possible before being taken to the
home where the father and mother
waited. It reach c 1 New York in
charge of Mrs. Frank. Reporters and
policemen formed the only crowd
that greeted it at Pennsylvania sta
tion. Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 19. It was Leo
Frank's last request that the wedding
ring he wore be delivered to his wife.
It was in the hands today of G. B.
Keeler, a member of the staff of an
Atlanta newspaper, who is a resident,
however, of Marietta.
A mysterious, unknown messenger,
supposed to be a member of the mob
of lynchers, delivered the little gold
circlet at Heeler's home Wednesday