one time Day Book circulation reached 25,000 daily. In August, 1916,.
came a boost in the price of white paper. Later I tried to -meet that by
increasing the retail price to 2 cents.
Not enough people wanted a free press 2 cents worth. Circulation fell
off. The people were trained for big head lines. The war brought 'em
proving again that Sherman was right.
On August 1 next the price of white paper -goes up again, fn the mean
time circulation doesn't go up.
The Day Book might be put over, but I haVent the time to do it Wac
has changed conditions. Every man ought to servs where he cairserve
test There is more important work for me to do than trying to convince
the people of Chicago that they want a free press. For months I have been
spending most af my time in Washington, Toledo and elsewhere where
I can get results.
I have been used to swinging a he'avy bat Playing with The Day Book
and its comparatively small circulatio n feels like dropping the bat to swing
at the speedy ones with a toothpick.
So I'm through. I'm going to W ashington. I've enlisted for the war,
and from now on will serve where it seems to me J,can render the most
I have few regrets. I am proud of The Day Book and its record'. There
has been joy in workingwith the men in all departments the men who
helped for over five years to keep a little fresh air stirring in Chicago jour
nalism. There has been joy in working with some of the real men and
women of Chicago.
SQme of them will not forget the little Day Book. Some of. them
understood its mission. And unless the .present publishers see the light
and come to understand better the obligation of a newspaper to its readers,
some younger and abler man will yet make the adless idea successful in
Chicago. ' '
My chief regret is that I am not the man, for I know of no proudei?
distinction that could come to any man than that of being the pubjislier'of
the first jeally free newspaper in this country.
Anyhow, good-bye and God bless you! Sincerely, -
N. D. COCHRAN.
PERMIT NO NAMES OF SOLDIERS
IN EUROPEAN PRESS NEWS
Paris, June 17 (By Mail) Infor
mation relative to the individual
members of the American expedi
tionary force in France will not be
permitted in the news cables. The
general staff announced todaythat
such news must be transmitted to
the fQlks at home by the officers and
men themselves, not by the news
papers. ' ,
The fighters will be encouraged to
write fully and often to those who
are interested in them. This maji wHl
pass through a lenient military cen
sorship and upon its arrival in Amer
ica may be given out to the news
papers by the respective relatives or
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