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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 03, 1913, Image 2

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His work in Cohgress demanding federal intervention relative to railroad
steals and other scandals, was appreciated by all good Americans, bat not
all Americans knew that it was the 'presidential bee that was making such
a furious buzzing In his bonnet. Failing in that, the nomination for the gov
ernorship of New Ydrk-wlis accepted as second best. Failing" in that, the
mayorality of New York City would have been mighty acceptable, but all
of those plums Were left for others to pluck.
Unable to reach the executive office of the nation, the State or City of
New York, failing to make the Union men of the nation act as a tail for his
political kite, he seems to have lapsed into a revenge'ful mood, afld began
an attack on all of his employes in the Homestake Mines and drove them
out He turned the batteries of the
Hearst papers, and along with that
notorious fire brand of the Mer
chants' and Manufacturers' Associa
tion, Harrison Gray Otis, they fought
union men for two years in Los An
geles. Before the strike of the Illinois
Central and Harriman Lines, the
General Officers were offered the
Hearst private wire from Chicago to
San Francisco, by the Hearst Papers
of Chicago. We took advantage of
this offer on one or two occasions,
but while in San Francisco, we were
called to their office to talk to Chi
cago, and arriving there we were in
formed that they had just received
orders to allow no further use of the
wire for that purpose.
The Hearst papers practically
closed their columns to us for any
further matter favorable to the em
ployes or the roads involved. The
Chicago end of the case, we were in
formed, had been used to the ad
vantage of the Illinois Central Rail
road Company by the Hearst papers.
Our suspicions, we believe, were well
founded, as the attitude of the Hearst
papers during this strike has been
absolutely antagonistic, and especial
ly the Chicago Examiner and Ameri
can. A few weeks ago an editorial ap
peared, over the signature of Mr.
Hearst himself, ripping the railroad
Interests of the East from stem to
stern. Public opinion has been
aroused against the railroadB recent
ly, on account of the autocratic posi
tion assumed by their officials. Mr.
Hearst evidently follows public opin
ion, and possibly the polished gentleman-will
soon hear another buzzing
in his bonnet. If he would only
come farther west and note the
wrecks and boiler explosions, and
dilapidated physical condition of the
Illinois Central and Harriman Lines
he might have material enough to
write editorials by the yard every day.
The lockout of the Printing Press
men in Chicago by the Newspaper
Trust more than a year ago, led by
the Hearst manager, was the straw
that broke the camel's back.
Mr. Hearst first came Into Chicago
and established his papers independ
ent of the Newspaper Managers' As
sociation, which brought on trouble
galore. The trouble among the
newspapers was the redl cause of
most of the slugging and murders on
the streets of Chicago, and the re
ports are that they were the ones
that originated the automobile
squadron. Mr. Hearst established
good union conditions and wages in
thetace of this flying squadron of an
tagonistic sluggers. In fact, he took
the lead. He even paid some of his
employes over the union scale, so
anxious was ,he to establish himself
in the good graces of the Unions, and
everything moved along smoothly
until he overcame thepppositlon of
the Managers' Association, and was
induced to join them, and then the
trouble started.
Mr. Hearst was selected, evidently
to lead the fight It was-in the press
rooms of the Hearst papers that po
licemen were stationed, and the
pressmen were fold that' they "wduld',

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