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OF MUCH INTEREST TO
PEOPLE OF U. S.
Washington, Jan. 4. Two par
agraphs in the latest Standard
Oil letter given out by Senator
Clapp of the campaign investiga
tion committee and of the high
est importance to the people of
the United States.
The letter is alleged to be from
Joseph C. Sibley, former con
gressman from Pennsylvania, to
John D. Archbold of Standard
Oil. It is one of the bunch of let
ters handed over to the commit
tee by W. R. Hearst, and is dated
March 7, 1905.
The important paragraphs read
"An efficient literary bureau is
needed, not for a day nor a crisis,
but for a permanent and healthy
control of the Associated Press
and kindred avenues.
"It will cost money, but will be
the cheapest in the end and can
be made self-supporting. The
next four years, more than any
previous epoch, are to determine
the future of the country."
The letter goes on to explain
rWhat would be one of the ends of
6uch a "literary bureau."
"No man values public opinion
nor fears it so much as Roosevelt.
(Then president) No man seeks
popularity as much as he. Mild
reproof or criticism of his policies
would nearly paralyze him. To
day he fears only the chorus of
the rabble. He thinks it public
sentiment. I don't know whether
the industrial corporations and
transportation companies have
enough at stake to justify the
fusion of forces for concerted ac
tion. It seems to me necessary."
It is nice to know that the con
gressmen and senators who are in
touch with Standard Oil look up
on the voice of the people, their
cry for justice, as "the chorus of
But is it still more interesting
to know that such congressmen
planned "a permanent and
healthy control of the Associated
Press and kindred avenues," even
if it cost "the industrial corpora
tions and transportation com- '
panies" a lot of money.
Also, it ought to give the peo
ple some light on why the truth is
distorted in the news columns of
certain newspapers; why they
never get a chance to learn the
truth about strikes, nor riots, nor
political situations, nor of any- .
thing concerning what Mr. Sibley
referred to as "The Rabble."
START BAIL FUND
Laboring men throughout the
United States have begun a cam
paign to raise bonds of $1,070,000
for the thirty-two union leaders
convicted of dynamite conspirr
acy, who were ordered released
on bail from the federal prison at
Leavenworth, Kas., by United
States Circuit Court of Appeals
Attorney E. N. Zoline, of this
city, who is in charge of the cam
paign, said that a large part of
the money had already been
pledged in Chicago.
Whistles were first used by ref
erees in football matches in 1878,