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N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
SOO SO. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO, ILL.
n- . , Editorial, Monroe 353
lelepnoneS Clrenlatlon. Monroe 382fl
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chicago.
30 centg a Month By Mall. United
States and Canada. J3 00 a Tear.
Entered as second-class matter April
21, 1914, at the postofflce at Chicago.
Ill, under the Act or March 3, 1879
. STONE-AGE POLITICS. If the
newspaper stories are true that com
mon laborers in city employe have to
get political backing from ward or
ganizations to hold their jobs it
means a return to stone-age politics
in Chicago. Very few of the voters
who'supported Mayor Thompson did
so because they held jobs or expected
to get jobs; and anyattempt to build
up a political machine out of job
holders will drive ten votes away
from the party for every one that is
bought with a job.
Any sewer-digger, layer of water
mains or sweeper of the streets earns
every nickel he gets by the actual
work he does; and he is wage slave
enough without being made a polit
ical slave to boot
Mayor Thompson will be stronger
in every way if he depends upon pub
lic support because of his conduct as
a public servant than he will be if he
makes a public job the price for po
By serving the public any mayor
will earn and get the public support.
By serving party first he is apt to
lost public support While Mayor
Thompson ran as a Republican there
was mighty little partisan politics in
sthe vote that elected him.
The moment he loses public sup-
jrt the trust press will jump on him
ith both feet With public support
: needn t be afraid of anybody or of
Many a man in public Kfe hasjf
learned that sometimes his closest i
friends are his worst enemies. .
Thompson's most effective support!
during the recent campaign camel
from enthusiastic volunteers; aai
such supporters are worth several?
times their number of mercenaries. 1
JOURNALISM. There are nn-j
merous schools of journalism in thisi
country, and of quite recent estab
lishment I presume most of the in
formation they get is from journal
ists who learned all they know in
journalism as it is today. Quite na
turally they think the journalism that
is, is right
But how many of them know it as
it actually is? And how can we tell
anybody what journalism ought to be
unless we know what it is now?
About the only industry in thia
country that hasn't been thoroughly
muck-raked is the "newspaper busi
ness. Will Irwin started out to in
vestigate journalism for Collier's!
once, but he didn't scratch the sur
face. I was talking with a Chicago law
yer recently, and told him that the,
adless newspaper business was a
matter of buying white paper at'
wholesale and selling it at retail, and'
printing something on it to make ita
sell for a higher price at retail than
the polisher paid for at wholesale
FhW lawyer said he had never
thought of it in that light
When I discussed the same thingi
with a college professor he said he
has once visited one of the most suc
cessful farm papers in the country,
with a circulation of over 500,000;;
and the publisher's conversation
showed that his keenest interest in,
his publication was his advertising,
-,Ther pmfflpsor said that there
wasn'tpHymuch information of
T?alue armers in this farm paper,
but thfc'most of the space was given
to advertisine:. I told him then when
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