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THE BEAST OF .BIG BUSINESS BACK OF THE
, ASSAULT ON FREE SPEECH AND A FREE PRESS
BY N. D. COCHRAN, EDITOR OF THE DAY BOOK.
I know The Beast-of crooked irid criminal Big Business too well, and '
have battled with him in the jungle too long, to waste time fighting poli
ticians and the police for the assault that was made on free speech and
a free press in Chicago, when the police tried to throw The Day Book off
the' news stands.
The police merely obeyed orders, and Mayor Harrison and his city
administration refused to stand for the attack made by The Beast, through
the newspaper trust.
This is in answer to many letters most of them friendly placing the
blame on politicians and -the police.
Reason it out for yourself. The -Day Book has been published in
Chicago since October, 1911. It has been on the news stands in the loop
since December 2, 1&12. In all that time, there has been no interference
with its delivery or sale by the, police, or by the hired thugs, convicts,
sluggers, gunmen and murderers of -the trust press.
Even during the newspaper, lockout, there was no -interference "with
The Day Book when it printed the truth about the slugging of newsboys,
and the mauling of union workers by the police and the trust press slug
gers and gunmen..
But when the O'Hara senatorial committee pulled the hypocritical
masks off of the slave-driverswho have' been grinding their millions out
of the. souls and bodies of yvoung girls, it was different.
The Day Book published the truth that the trust press suppressed.
It took up the battle for a living wage .for women and for men, and 'it
stripped Chicago's most prominent hypocrites bare and held "their naked
souls before, the people. ti, i
That hit .Big Business where it hurts. It wounded The Beast until he ,
snarled and showed his teeth' and -made ready to bite.
And then the kept press got busy. '
I know the people of Chicago have been afraid of the trust press.
The -politicians have foolishly imagined that kept editors Jield the fate of
public men in the hollow of their gnarled and hooklike hands!
But I also know hat there is little to fear from fifty crooked, kept
newspapers, if there is one honest, fearless, unpurchaseable newspaper in
town" that the people read. "
With one honest newspaper in, town that will" fearlessly publish the
truth, a kept man is no .more dangerous and not nearly so respectable as
a kept woman and a' newspaper publisher who will deceive his' readers ,
for the profit of his advertisers is the rdtten'est kind of moral leper and
kept man. -
The kept newspapers of the Beast can't fool the people, when there
is. one brave man in politics who defies them altr Carter Harrison, Sr.-,
proved that in Chicago years ago, and Golden Rule,- Sam Jones proved it
afterward in Toledo. ' ,
Anyhow, the fight for free speech and a free press will go on in Chi
' cago, in spite of all The Beast and his kept minions can do.
The assault on The Day Book by 'the police was. but an incident.
There will be other assaults.; I jam-ready for them.