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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 05, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 6

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sons and property which" hitherto
have unlawfully escaped taxation.
"In connection with the foregoing, J earnest desire to receive from you
5 call your attention to the fact that
a charge has been made repeatedly
during the past ten years that certain
persons having, or claiming to have,
political influencVhave solicited trade
or business of various kinds under
the claim that they were able to re
duce assessments, or prevent assess
ments, upon property which should
be taxed. There have been repeated
charges made of conspiracy between
pprsons nlaking such claims and em
ployes of the taxing body, it is my
any lniormauon you may nave
against any former or present em
ploye of the board, or any other per
son, or corporation, who has been
guilty of the violation of the criminal
code of this state.
"I am sending a like letter to- the
chairman of the board of assessors.
"Very truly yours,
"Maclay Hoyne,
"State's Attorney."
The plight of the Record-Herald and Inter-Ocean, two of the oldest
newspapers in Chicago, may serve to give both people and publishers a
better insight into the newspaper business. j
Take the Record-Herald. It has a daily circulation of 140,000 and a
Sunday circulation of -200,000; yet it has-been losing over $300,000 a year
for many years, and one man has been standing- that loss. Lawson makes
enough profit out of the News to- be able to stand the loss, but there is no
reason why he should.
Nor is there any reason why local advertisers should support four
morning newspapers. The tax is too great dn business; and consumers
would have to pay it in the end anyhow.
But the success of newspapers should not be dependent upon adver-
So long as newspapers are dependent upon advertisers instead of their
readers, newspapers will necessarily be run in the interest of Big Business
rather than for the public benefit.
If there were but two morning newspapers instead of four, and the
State street stores are in position to decide which two shall live and which-
shall die, that is bad for the public;
for it gives dollars a greater influence
than people.
When the Tribune and Record
Herald, because of keen competition
for circulation, reduced their retail
price from two cents to one, it was a
bad thing for the people of Chicago
and gave the State street stores and
the loop interests a tighter grip on
the newspaper situation.
It would be far better for news
paper readers to pay two or three,
or even five cents for a paper, and
have that paper independent of ad
vertisers, than to be able to buy it for
one cent and place publishers at the
mercy of, advertisers.
I feel thisAvay about it: If the" Record-Herald
were in advance itselhng
price to 2 cents or to 3 cents and all
bther morning papers would continue
retailing for 1 cent, I would buy the
Record-Herald in preference to any
other, and believe the RecorflHerald
would be the best morning paper in'
As a business proposition the Record-Herald
has a terrific handicap In
its bonded indebtedness and in the
foolish rental it pays for the big
building it occupies, and on high
priced land. It would be better off o

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