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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 29, 1913, Image 23

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State's Attorney Maclay Hoyne
yesterday sent a circular letter, read
ing as follows, to each of his assist
Early Sunday morning on the 14th
day of July, Max Annenberg the cir
dilation manager of the Chicago
Tribune, a notorious gun-man and
slugger, shot down In the public high
way, without provocation or excuse,
a citizen named Alexander Belford
Before any steps had been taken
by the state's attorney looking to
wards the gathering of evidence and
. the preparation for the prosecution
of Annenberg, a meeting was held in
the Tribune building at 4 o'clock
Sunday afternoon, at which were
present R, R. Mccormick, Edward S.
Beck, and other officers and employes
of tne Tribune.
At this meeting it was decided to
make Annenberg's case the Tribune's
case: On the day following R. R.
McCormick, in a conversation with
Edward S. Beck, the managing editor
of the Tribune, said in substance
That as soon as the state's attorney
took up tne Annenberg case and
showed his teeth, the Tribune would
begin to run a series of cartoons and
newspaper articles showing the
state's attorney in the position of
protecting gambling, ana that an ef
fort should be made to have some
thing sensational every day. It was
further said that these cartoons and
news articles should picture the want
and suffering of women and children
by reason of the gambling by hus
bands and fathers, and the state's
attorney should be placed in the at
titude of being responsible for this
With that information in my pos
session I remained silent until it be
came apparent to me, as it has to
you, that the program was carried
out. ' J
You are hereby Instructed to treat
the Chicago Tribune and its reporters
and other employes as you would
other persons or associations who are
in sympathy with crime and crimin
als, and to refuse to hold any inter
views with them, or to give them any
information concerning this office. If
the Tribune has any legitimate busi
ness with the state's attorney's of
fice, the state's attorney will handle
that business personally. These in
structions are for your own personal
protection as well, as that of the of
fice. It is quite apparent from a read
ing of the columns of the Chicago
Tribune for the past few weeks, that;
anything an assistant state's attorney
says will be distorted and will be mis
represented. Yours very truly,
(Signed) Maclay Hoyne,
State's Attorney.
When this statement reached the
office of the Tribune fits were in
dulged in freely. R. R.' McCormick
gave out the following tirade. Doubt
less R. R. McCormick himself knows
what he wished to say in it No one
else is likely to find out without his
"The statement 01- Mr. woyne is
absolutely untrue. Mr. Hoyne gave it
out knowing it was untrue, wnen
he called Annenberg a slugger and
gunman he committed a cowardly
criminal libel cowardly because as
state's attorney he' is immune from
'He has brougnt oerore mm wit
nesses to the assault on Annenberg
which led to the shooting who made
It plain that the shot was fired in
self-defense. These persons he has
browbeaten and insulted and he has
refused to have their testimony given
before the grand jury.
'His statement regarding Mr. Beck
and me is false, and he made it
knowing it to be false, because wit
nesses that he called before him told
him so.
"The circumstance governing Mr.
Hoyne's conduct Is that he is occupy-

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