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great the Tribune may L- "... 1L : : matter of gathering news ancf giving
the public medical advice, etc., it isn't morally great at all. It is
My public purpose in turning the searchlight on the Tribune is to help
the people to understand its shortcomings and its weakness as well as its
strength. Then that newspaper will have to mend its morals or lose both
circulation and influence.
And I was serving that very public purpose when, with The Day Book,
I made public the fact that the Tribune and other big Chicago dailies, as a
part of their regular business, employed gunmen and sluggers.
I care nothing about Max Annenberg. I never want to help send any
body to the penitentiary. He has been but a tool in the hands of the mil
lionaire owners of the Tribune; just as he was a tool when he worked under
But the prosecution of Annenberg served a public purpose. It helped
force the dark side of the Tribune's life out where the people could see it
For the Tribune, like many big men, has lived a double life. Now some of
its chickens are coming home to roost. The law of compensation is at
work. - i
But the Tribune will have to change its manner of living. It "will have
to be decent inside and outside. It -will have to stand the test of publicity.
If it is right, publicity will help it. If it is wrong) publicity will help the
people make it right.
Undoubtedly the Tribune feels that The Day Book is too small to notice,
and that I'm too small an editor to heed. But I don't care What it thinks
and feels. I merely want the people to know the truth so it will have to
be honest with them. When the Tribune gets honest with its readers and
gives them the truth and everybody a square deal, then I'll take my hat off
to it as "The World's Greatest Newspaper."
I mentioned the Examiner at the beginning of the story. I guess that
mention will about cover its case, which I regard as hopeless. I see no
good reason for its existence. I don't think it can show a license to live.
By its own policy it has segregated itself so that all may know what it is.
I have infinitely more respect for the Inter-Ocean, which is consistently
and almost honestly reactionary. It never pretends to be for the common
people. It is openly an organ of plutocracy and privilege, and as such has
its mission to perform. I read it to get the viewpoint of the plute3.
But we ought to study our newspapers. We ought to know their view
point. We ought to know what interests are back of them, whom they are
trying to serve and for what purpose they are trying to deceive. When they
wear masks the masks should be torn off.
When there's a wolf in the fold, the sooner the sheep find it out the
AN UP-TO-DATE GIRL
It was after her birthday, and the
little maid of eight was sitting dis
consolately by the nursery window.
"Aren't you going to play with your
new doll?" asked her mother, with a
side glance at the discarded present.
"No," said the little girl.
"I thought you liked her so. Don't
"Oh, but you wanted a nice dolly.
One that talked, didn't you?"
"And this one says,. 'Mama!' 'Pa
The little maid's eyes flashed and
sparkled as she replied:
"I want a doll that says, 'Votes for