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I believe thatBfe people wiU flgfct
for a newspaper that they belfeve Is
on the square, and they -mil fight for
a politician if they believe he-Is 'on.
the square, even if aUtlieewspajper
are against him.,, ' J - j '
to the present lnet&nce, Ldpn'f
think the adTjert&ftrs rfc standing- By
the EtipanebecSutbey prefer it
to -either the Record-Herald or ih
Inter-Ocean, but because they are
afraid to tagkle the Tribune, and are
not afraid of either of the other two.
, TS&eJi Hearst broke into the Chi
cago' field he got a big circulation,
and got it by fighting the battlesof
the people -especially those of labor.
He had all the other publishers
against him, Thq merchants didn't
beg)n advertising with Hearst be
cause they were stuck on hini, but
because he had the people 'batik of
Jrim and the circulation and they
'wanted to reach the people and get
their patronage, and moaejr. -
It was after Hearst got the busi
ness that he went back on the people
who gave him ;irculation and gave
Iflm atfoJthold in Chicago. In the
end he will lose out if he continues
as a servant of special privilege. But
why advertisers are afraid of him
now, I can't get through my head.
However. I -would be. for kffliner
off ooth the Record-Herald and the'
Inter-Ocean and throwing lioth Asso
ciated Press franchises in the laeif
I were convinced it would make the
Tribune so much stronger that -3t
would become" entirely free" and
honest, andrrepresent the people,'
raarjeesiy in aenance ol me anver
tteers. - ' '
, But I can't quite gauge" the
Tribune, Sometimes I am strong
for it, and at other times it makes me
sore. I get sore when I think it is
afraid to go the route and tell adver J
Users to go hang.
Jut the big point of it all-is-why
should the State streets merchants
have the power to decide what News
papers shall -live and what one musj.
die? - , .
Vhy shouWrft that;, power belong
wholly to the people of Chicago T
But if the State street merchants
rhae that power, then for whose in-
jretesis win vnicago newspapers oe
rtm.2 ; ' t
Aid if'newapapers can mould pub
lib opinion, for whose benefit will it
be moulded? ,-,-, -c
Is-there any 'bigger job" .the people
of Chicago can tackle than to eman
cipate their newspapers and make
them free to sertie the public? .
What has, the public -gained by the
reduction of the. setting price of
newspapers from ,two cents to one?
If there were one morning news
paper in Chicago that was absolutely"
independent of advertisers and selfish
interests, and woujd give me 'the
truth in the news; I v would much
rather pay five cents a copy for it
than one cent lor all the rest of them
The Inter-Ocean would have a bet
ter chance at that kind of a game be
cause it has no such bonded indebt
edness to pay interest-on.
As the situation now stands, how
ever, The Day Book 1b the only news
paper" Jn Chicago that is under oblf
gation to nobody but its readers. Big'
Business can't kill an.adless news
paper by withdrawing patronage.
"Excuse me, i xiu,. ee ,you!"
"Don't mention it those are tbf
most encouraging worcte I've heana
in a year. I thought I was getting