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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 13, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 6

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r some advertisers or group of adver
tisers. We won't have a free press until
readers pay a price that will enable
. publishers to make a profit from the
readers directly, instead of indirectly
I through the advertisers.
The reason Chicago is run in the
interest of loop merchants is because
they are the meal-ticket for the news-
, papers. The State street stores have
an organization; and they could put
f any of the big newspapers out of
business by agreeing to withdraw all
e advertising patronage from the of-
1 fending paper.
, This wouldn't be so easy if the
business of Chicago wSre done by a
j hundred stores. But it is easy when
, most of the retail business is done by
3 a mere handful.
Editorial columns play only a small
( part in the game of government for
, Big Business. The handling, or niis-
handling of news is muc hmore ef
fective. Until the Day Book was start
ed it was the common practice of Chi-
i cago newspapers to suppress or color
news in order to keep the truth from
I the public, or to create a false public
opinion by downright lying.
j iu?re uas ueeu a cnange ior me
better, but there is still vast room
for improvement.
Take the matter of suDways Do
YOU suppose ay newspaper in Chi
cago that depends for its existence
. on the advertising of the State street
stores dares support any subway
proposition that would adversely af-
, feet the selfish interests of the own
ers of those stores?
When the Marshal Field store was
grabbing city property underneath
the streets did any of the papers op-
t pose action of the council in giving
away valuable property that belonged
j to the people?
j Do YOU suppose for one minute
that any of the advertising news
papers would oppose a subway that
wouldn't provide for one of the big
subway stations at the Field store?
I expect the time to come when I
; there will he" newspapers that will
contain nothing but store news, or
advertising; and othe rpapers that
will contain no news that is paid for
by advertisers adless newspapers
like The Day Book.
It is expecting too much from hu
man nature to expect newspapers
that depend upon profit from adver
tising to devote their energy and ef
fort solely to the public good.
I think, however, the solution of
the problem lies with the people
themselves and not through regulat
ing laws. When the people under
stand why we have -no free press no
laws will be necessary.
I think The Day Book means more
finally to the people of Chicago that
any subway that engineering genius
can devise 'or money build. It -points-the
way to a free press.
o o 1
Rev. Charles H. Byles, pastor of
the Lockport Congregational church,
who was recently acquitted of the
charge of unblckling tie garter of a
pretty young girl, "faces -another
Trustee Robert Whitley of the
church now comes forth with the
charges that Byles kissed three girls,
played tricks with a deck of cards,
palmed a half dollartand acted devil
ish in general. .
Rev. Byles' trial on a charge of un
buckling Lucille Clarke's garter was
one of the sensations of Lockport.
Miss Clarke is one of the ravishing
beauties. It Is agreed by the men folk
that it must have been a certain kind
of real pleasure to unbuckle her
"My studies antTwork are upon
such serious subjects that I require
some mental relaxation," says Byles
in replying to all the charges.
Trustee N. W. Wpfth defends the
pastor of the garter-unbuckling
charge. "If he did itjmustvhave Wn
quite accidentally," saidNorth. "
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