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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 11, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 5

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Editor Day Book: In your article
printed in Ike Day Book of May T
on'jjewspapers and the advertising
game, you intimate that the State
street stores have the power to de
cide what newspaper shall live, and
which one must die, and that the
newspapers are practically at the
mercy of the big advertisers.
I have reason to believe, Mr. Coch
ran, that the ease is really just the
It is the newspapers that could
' break the department stores and
have their owcers begging for mercy
on their knees if the papers only
dared use their power and would be
.come NEWSpapers by teeing the
public the TRUTH of the conditions
that they know exist, but have not
the courage to print.
If the newspapers should publish
one-half of the "dope" they have in
their possession on the violations of
laws and public decency committed
by the big stores, every real mother
and sister in the city would withdraw
their patronage and these stores
would be forced to close or pay living
wages and obey the law.
There is a "sob sister" who is now,
employed by the Tribune who has in
her possession a story that she spent
months in getting, which consist of
scores of personal interviews with
employes and which proves beyond
question that prostitution is encour
aged and that, the child labor and
eight-hour laws are being openly vio
lated daily.
No doubt she has offered the re
sults of her investigations to the
"Horiest Trib" and was told to "can
that stuff!"
There Js a well-known newspaper
man on the Examiner who could
write a story about a certain State
street merchant who, when employ
ing salesgirls, takes them to a pri
vate room in the basement and then
subjects them to questions of the
most indecent and revolting inature.
J And only those are fiiredrwho promise
to opey certain rules which are p
dence enough to put this highly re
spected merchant in the pen. When
asked if he wasn't afraid of gettjng
the wrong girl sometime who might
make trouble for him he replied, "Not
on your life, I'm too good a judge Qf
It is well known among certain
newspaper men that many floorwalk
ers openly brag that they can "fix it"
for their friend with , girls in the
store. If she refuses she's fired.
A few months ago a street caved in
and'it was a miracle that many lives
were not lost, A certain department
Store without permit from the city
had tunneled mnder this street, which
caused the "cave-in."
Not one newspaper in Chicago
printed the true story nor did the
city make any attempt to fix the
blame on the parties responsible.
The city just fixed up the street and
the- taxpayers paid the bill.
If any Chicago newspaper would
dare fight the Big Nine, while they
would lose their' business, the circu
lation pf that paper would soon ex
ceed the combined circulation of all
other papers combined, and what
they lost through the department
stpres they would easily make up
through other advertising. Then
perhaps they would realize that an
honest paper which was fearless
enough to tell the truth would pay
after all, he public would support it v
and other papers would soon follow
suit. JAnd that would mean a gov
ernment for the people and by the
people. '
I often wonder whether real news?
paper men, the kind with "noses for
news," don't sort of envy The' Day
Book staff and secretly (oh, so sec
retly) wish that they might get ar
chance to write an occasional story
without a joker in it, and have tne
satisfaction of seeing it in print i.
There are a lot of "whales of
stories" tucked up the sleeves of an
army of newspaper men that would'
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