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SENATOR KERN TELLS WHY THERE SHOULD BE
A PROBE INTO MILITARY-RULED W. VIRGINIA
THE DAY BOOK
Editor and Publisher.
500 South Peoria St
Tel. Monroe 353.
Chicago, Friday,May 16, 1913
IT'S ABOUT TIME FOR CHICAGO NEWSPAPER
KNPGKERS TO GO WAY BACK AND SIT DOWN
Chicago Not Half So Bad As Painted Stories of Crime
,.- Grossly Exaggerated and Spread All Over World,
Giving Chicago a Bad Name She Doesn't Deserve.
BY N. D. COCHRAN
Chicago is plenty rotten all right, and there's entirely too much crime
' here apy crime is too much but I don't believe Chicago is half as rotten
as Chicago newspapers make it out to be. And I am satisfied that crime
s isn't as rampant as one might be led to believe by reading the Chicago
In fact, I know of no city in this country that is as viciously misrep
resented to its own citizens and the outside world.
I don't know whether there is a studied and malevolent purpose in this
general disposition to grossly exaggerate the vice and crime that actually
exist, or whether it Js downright ignorance and journalistic depravity.
I am satisfied, however, that the real object is not to improve condi
tions. For if that were the purpose, great improvement could be made by
persistent and intelligent publicity.
Take the alleged "crime trust" for illustration. For days the papers
have been "pubushuig glaring headlines over stories about a terrible "crime
trust" conveying the impression that policemen, politicians, saloonkeepers
and a vast army of crooks are bonded together to commit all kinds of crime.
Undoubtedly there are crooked policemen, crooked saloonkeepers and
crooked politicians In Chicago, but there are also honest policemen, honest
saloonkeepers and honest politicians. And if the real purpose of all this
newspaper crusading were to put dishonest ones out of business it could
easily he done.
My own. opinion is that politics and business are the two reasons for
the agitation; and-that whoever Js hack of the agitation wants to strengthen
his grip on local politics by terrorizing the police force, the saloonkeepers
and the crooks who have political influence. And all this by way of prepar
ation for political campaigns in. the near future.
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