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A CASE OF CRIMINAL RE
This is a story of the methods
of the Chicago newspaper trust
methods as cruel and as heartless
as those that have made the Steel
Trust and the Standard Oil Trust
When the newspaper pressmen
were locked out, Frank Long, 14
years old, began selling Worlds
from the sidewalk under the
Northwestern railroad tracks
near the Central Avenue station
on the Oak Park L.
At that time L. K. Anderson
owned the trust newspaper mo
nopoly for the stand in the "L"
Young Long prospered. He
made from $12 to $15 a week.
The World began to go into
its decline. The city council pass
ed the ordinance requiring all
newsboys to sell all papers on de
mand. Long began selling trust
papers as wellas Worlds.
Still he was prosperous, be
cause the residents of the neigh
borhood liked him and bought
their papers from him rather than
The World went under. Long
continued to sell trust papers
from his bitterly cold stand on
the sidewalk and to make on an
average $10 a week.
One month ago, Anderson sold
out his L station stand monopoly
to George C. Spellman for $5,
500. Soon after, young Long began
having trouble getting his papers.
One day he was left without any
papers except Examiners, and
Jhere are not many people in that
STRAINT OF MANHOOD "
neighborhood buying Examiners.
The boy went to the trust
newspaper circulators and asked
why he did not get his papers.
Thisj what he says he was told :
"You'd better sell out to Spell
man. You can't make money
here any more because we won't
give you papers. Sell out to Spell
man while you've got a chance.
Hell treat you right."
The boy went to Spellman.
Spellman offered the boy $135
for all the good will of the job
that was bringing the boy in $10
a week, and a salary under him of
$10 a month.
The boy was forced to accept
the offer. He could do nothing
else, since he could not get
papers. But see what had hap
A boy was earning $10 a week.
He was learning how to do busi
ness. He was learning the true
meaning of independence, and he
was helping out his family. He
was liked by the neighborhood,
and his business was growing
Now he is earning $10 a month
working for another man. and has
practically ho chance of better
ing himself, practically no chance
of getting on, little chance of
helping his family.
All the boy's ambitions, all his
business instincts, have been
crushed by the newspaper trust,
and, what is worse, he has been
taught that this is a world in
which the prizes go only to the
strong and that the great busi
ness minds of the day approve of