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How much different would it have been, if the owner of the Examiner
and the clairvoyant had made a bargain, whereby the Examiner was to
lure victims into the clairvoyant's office and get a share of the money the
clairvoyant robbed them of?
If Hearst benefited financially by clairvoyants robbing innocent and
credulous women, how much better morally is Hearst than either of the
And if Brisbane writes beautifully moral editorials on the back page
in order to induce people to read the Examiner, and thus gets the clair
voyant ads into the homes and lures women into the clairvoyant net to be
plucked, how much better morally is Brisbane than Hearst or either of the
Ryans, or Barney Bertsche, or any of the clairvoyants?
And when the people find out that the clairvoyant ads -they have been
reading are the ads of fakirs and robbers, how will they distinguish be
tween honest advertisers and dishonest advertisers?
, Now Hearst isn't the kind of man who would get acquainted with a
stranger and steer him up against a brace poker game, the big mitt, or a
skin faro layout, and get part of the money for landing the sucker. Neither
is anybody else connected with the Examiner.
But how can he escape the charge that he helped the clairvoyant rob
bers land these women victims, when he took the advertising that landed
them, charged a higher rate than he charges for legitimate advertising and
collected the money in advance?
And if Hearst made part of his money by publishing the advertise
ments of the quack venereal disease doctors, who robbed men and boys of
their money, how much better is Hearst morally than the robbing quacks
the Tribune has so thoroughly exposed?
I wish Arthur Brisbane would write one of those back page editorials
in the Examiner on the moral responsibility of newspaper publishers to pro
tect their readers from thieving clairvoyants and robbing quacks. But for
fear Brisbane dare not tackle the subject, I have written this one myself.
The testimony of Mrs. A. M. A. Case shows how the newspaper adver
tisements help the clairvoyants to secure victims. Mrs. Case lives at 1912
South Park avenue and is an employe at the central postoffice. She testi
fied that she was swindled out of ?500.
"I found an advertisement in the newspaper one day," testified Mrs.
Case, "and went to Prof. Milton for a reading. I was asked to write two
names on a piece of paper. I did so. One of the names was 'Fred Hayes,'
my first husband, who is dead.
"Prof. Crane (indicating Ryan, the defendant) told me my dead hus
band was my strongest guide. He did not want me to worry and was pre
paring a place of happiness for me, he said. Then the clairvoyant asked me
if I had any money. I told him I had $500, which I had saved up to buy a
place in some home for the aged.
"He told me the spirit of my husband wanted that money invested so
it would bring some big returns. He suggested mining stock, but that was
too uncertain, so I refused. Then I told him I had my manuscript, 'The
Inhabitants' of Other Worlds.'
"He said it was just what he had been looking for, and knew where
he could have it published and put on the market. I left the manuscript with
him, but he said I would have to leave $500 to cover the expense incidental
to its publication. He said he would guarantee I wouldn't lose the money.
He gave me a, note for it."
Well, Mrs. Case lost her $500. She was swindled. What do YOU
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