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O'HARA SAYS THE ADVERTISERS
INFLUENCE TRIBUNE POLICY
Commenting on the proposal to fiim
the activities of the Illinois senate
vice committee, thusemphasizing the
wrongs it uncovered, "the Tribune
grew sarcastic this morning and de
clared the committee, headed by
Lieut.-Gov. O'Hara, had done noth
ing but belittle political opponents.
In a statement answering the ed
itorial, O'Hara says the real animus
behind the Tribune's stand is the fact
that the committee showed up many
of the Trib's most prolific advertisers.
"The poor old grandmother of
Dearborn street has been in a perfect
hysteria ever since the Illinois senate
vice commission got to prodding the
Tribune's pet advertisers," declared
O'Hara. "The editorial in today's pa
per is just another manifestation of
the dear old Trib's intense loyalty to
its advertising patrons.
"If any proof is required of the real
incentive back of the editorial it will
be found on page 766 of the printed
report of the vice commission.
"Mr. Edward J. Lehman of the Fair
is testifying. Here is part of his tes
timony, given under oath:
" 'Q. How much do State street
stores spend in advertising In Chica
" 'Ans. I think the eight stores on
State street in the last year have
spent something like $2,500,000 for
advertising in Chicago daily papers.'
"The best indication that the Illi
nois senate vice commission has been
on the square with the people is that
the Tribune is hysterically trying to
earn its share of the two and a half
millions by printing such editorials.
"No wonder the Trib is on its
knees, editorially praying that we will
have no more of the committee look
ing into the affairs of the Trib's ad
vertisers." O'Hara said the film version of the
committee's report would be com
pleted in a month. Trouble is ex
pected with the censors.
DIKES BREAK FLOODS ROLL
Amsterdam, Feb. 19. Island .of
Harken in Zuyder Zee, 15 miles north
of Amsterdam, has been completely
inundated by severe storm that is
sweeping North sea.
Those who failed to escape have
taken refuge in lighthouse. Feared
for their safety.
Fresh breaks in the Zuyder Zee
dikes occurring almost hourly. No
loss of life reported thus far, though
several towns are completely inun
dated. Flood approaching northern
suburbs of Amsterdam today.
GERMANY TO IGNORE RIGHTS OF
London, Feb. 19. Maximilian Har
den, noted German publicist, accord
ing to article in London Times today
warns United States and other neu
trals that unless allies agree to terms
of peace in near future Germany must
disregard neutral rights in fight for
her own salvation.
"No Stars and Stripes," said Har
den, according to the Times ::will
protect a ship in the war zone."
London. Under cover of warships'
guns, Russian transports are now
landing large forces of men on Ar
menian sea coast, 70 miles east of
Trebizond, encountering only feeble
These forces will march westward,
joining troops now advancing on Tre
bizond from direction of Erzerum.
Turks not exDected to make serious
stand at Trebizond, city being poorly
Vienna. Durazzo, capital of Al
bania, is now completely surrounded
by Austrian troops. Surrender of a
few thousand Albanian insurgents
who failed to escape to southward ex
pected within a few hours.
Paris. Repulse of weak German
attack north of Blangy only import
ant operations occurring on French
front last night