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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 04, 1913, Image 3

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were 'dismissed because there was no case against them; and these con
ditions of harassing citizens of Chicago were caused by irresponsible police
officers, who could not respond in damaged for the false arrests that they
made, while these police officers were working under the authority and direc
tion of Captain Lavin, who seemed to have no superior other than the trust
"We found that in every department of governmental activity involved
in this lockout that the hand of the newspaper trust was in full control; that
it dictated apparently to the mayor, the chief of police, to the sheriff, to
the coroner, to the state's attorney and to the city prosecutor, and in a
large measure to the judges on the bench."
1 Thecommittee also found that both The Tribune and News were 'oc
cupying school lands, and that they were paving rental on that public school
land on a valuation ridiculously low compared with rental values of nearby
property; and without revaluation clauses in their leases so that the schools
could get increased rentals, as the value of the property increased with the
growth of Chicago.
Of course, such favorable leases were only obtained through political
So I believe what The Examiner says about the other papers. But
there is no more reason why the Hearst papers should control the govern
ment of Chicago than there is why the other newspapers should control the
government of Chicago.
The great trouhle with Chicago today is that its government is not gov
ernment of, by and for the people, but government of trust newspapers, by
scared public officials, for Big Business.
And the government by Hearst newspapers isn't any better or less
selfish than the government by The Tribune and News was before the
Hearst papers beat them out of their job.
The fight between the newspapers now is a selfish fight for control of
the political government of Chicago. And while what The Examiner says
about the other papers without having the sand to call them by name
is all true, it is just as true that the Hearst papers are trying to do now
what The Examiner denounces the other papers for doing when they owned
and controlled and bossed public officials, and threw them away like so
many squeezed lemons after they were through with them.
He read and read the Tariff Bill '
'Till ev'ry section he had pat.
He is ig, the asylum now
And busy talking through his hat.
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