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F. W. BUSSE ASKS THE TRIBUNE A QUESTION
WHICH THE TRIBUNE FAILS TO ANSWER
1 BY N. D. COCHRAN
Somebody mailed me a clipping from Friday's Tribune, which suggests
that a little inside information about Chicago newspapers might help some.
You know that the public gets less information about newspapers than
anything else in town, for the very good reason that the people get their
general Information from the newspapers themselves.
But here's the clipping from The Tribune, headline and all:
ABOVE THE LAW
Qhicago, April 30. (Editor of The Tribune.) Can 'you tell me and the
Chicago public by what cdnstitutional right or special act of the legislature
a certain morning and evening paper runs its automobiles from 30 to 50
''-miles per hour on boulevards and side streets, past stopping street cars,
and crossings, demanding the right of way over all other vehicles, spitting
forth vile epithets when it is refused, all in bold defiance of law and de
cency? What special privilege has this newspaper? Who granted it?
Why are thp police blind when these machines scatter women and children
in all directions? Have the city authorities no shame?
" The dodging citizens are entitled to know.
F. W. BUSSE.
Mr. Busse's letter itself indicates the timidity and fear of Chicago peo
pie in dealing with Chicago newspapers, and The Tribune's failure to an
swer his question, with anything more than a feeble 'headline shows the
timidity and fear of "the worlds greatest newspaper."
Instead of saying "a certain morning and evening paper," why didn't
Mr. Busse write in plain words "The, American and Examiner?"
And instead of answering the question with a dinky little "Above the
Law" headline, why didn't The Tribune give Mr. Busse the information "he
I don't know, but my belief is that The Tribune was afraid to tellhe
truth about Andy Lawrence and the Hearst papers.
All of the papers except The American and Examiner have been hint
ing and insinuating for weeks that there was something crooked in that
voting machine deal. It was plain enough that they Were hammering away
at the Hearst-Harrison outfit, but not one of them had the sand to make
any definite charge or mention any names.
That's their way of fighting when they fight anybody that can fight
back. And I think Lawrence has got the whole bunch of them scared ha,If
out of their wits-
Why dldnt The Tribune tell Mr. Busse that Harmon Campbell, business
manager of The Examined is president of the Civil Service Commission,
and in position to make it either very comfortable or very uncomfortable
for anybody on the police force. And that policemen are afraid to do any
thing that might bring-the wrath of the Hearst papers down on his head?
Why -didn't The Tribune tell Mr. Busse that Andy Lawrence, Hearst's
Chicago agent, had pull enough a. year ago to have Paddy Lavin put in
charge of the strike squad, with headquarters in the Hearst building and
that every policeman in. town knew it?
That might .hays-helped Mr Bussfii tounderstandwhy an ordinary-