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HOW STATE STREET
NEWS IS KILLED BY
Many of the biggest news stories
that ever break in Chicago are born
in the big department stores -strewn
along State street. But, as far as
the Trust Press of the town is con
cerned, a great many of them also
die in the big stores.
' When an elevator accident hap
pens in Marshall.' Field's, Mandel
Bros.', Siegel-Cooper's, Carson-Pirie-Scott's,
Hillma's, The Fair or Ste
vens, in which many workers or
shoppers may be killed or injured,
the Trust Press lays low. The story
may hurt the store. When strikes
occur in any of these stores the loop
papers also ignore the news of them.
Trouble of any kind that may cast a
slur on the name of the big advertis
ers is not carried in the news col
umns of the big dailies.
On the other hand, if any boost
story breaks, the papers' go to it If
some worker -or outsider is arrested
for stealing, the news is played up.
It all depends on whether the news
hurts or not
In this manner readers of the big
papers are cheated on live news.
Mum's the word" holds sway in a
great many stories that workers and
readers of newspapers in general
would be interested in.
When an elevator accident hap
pened in Marshall'Field & Co's store
about a year ago employes right in
the Field store knew only that some
accident had happened. The details
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were uuaucu ?. --- - ,
"silence" was sent around the store.
Employes knew that to taut auout
tthe affair, to spread the news that
might hurt the so-oalled "First Store
on -State Street" meant the proba
ble loss of their jobs. And then, out
on the street, nothing more, was to
be learned out of the Trust Papers.
"Workers were unable .to ( find out
about what had happened in the es
tablishment where they- worked.
' JThey could not find out throughloop
THE TRUST PRESS
papers whether any of their friends
had been killed or injured-..
The only place where all the news
about department stores, that was
REAL LiyE news, could be found
was in The Day, Book. All stories
that other papers have hushed up
Have been carried by The Day Book
simply as every day news. And work
ers found out what was actually go
ing on in Chicago in this paper.
Whether or not the loop stores
control the newspapers is shown in
the following list of happenings the
majority of which did not get any
notice in he Trust Press. The list
covers the past month. The Day
Book carried all these stories when
thy happened. The big majority of
them never got into the news col
umns of any of the big dailies. Here
is the list: .
Dec. 5 Rothschild & Co., cheated
out of a victim when Mrs. Wm. E.
Dorre, 324 E. 60th St., got her hus
band freed. She was expecting baby.
Husband arrested for taking ?6
worth -of patent medicine. Roths
child's paid him $15 a week.
Dec. 5 J. J. Buell, manager of
Fair, sleuthed for son Gordon, and
sent for him when he heard things
about Gordon's wife. Gordon was
serving on tne border. . Came back
and with the aid of papa got divorce.
Dec. 5 Hartwig Wolfe, 4516 Prai
rie av., manager of The Hub, shot
Dec 7 Mandel Bros, auto truck
held up at 54th and Cottage Grove
av. Louis Razena, 1277 W. 72d pL,
Dec. 10 Mrs. Grace Stahl sent up
for year. Got goods at Marshall
Field's and charged-it-to Mrs. Jacob
Kesner, 4756 Grand blvd.
Dec. 13 Rob't Lee, 32 S. Wash
te'naw av., complained that he was
fired from the Fair for signing peti
tion asking better wage's.
Dec. 14 Field's, Mandel's and
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