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DAILY NEWS IS ATTACKED IN A
STRONG LETTER FROM WEST.
The Marshall Field estate and its
power of control over Chicago news
papers is handled in a letter sent to
Vic Lawson, publisher rf The Daily
News, by George P. West, a Cali
fornia newspaper man who is a mem
ber of the staff of the United States
Industrial Relations Commission.
The letter is a reply to a Daily
News editorial Wednesday in which
a high howl is raised because Chair
man Frank P. Walsh of the industrial
commission is an agitator and hasn't
got enough judicial poise to satisfy
the News. West's letter says:
"The fact that the commission of
which Mr. Walsh is chairmaD has an
nounced an investigation of condi
tions of employment for conductors
and porters in the service of the Pull
man Co., and that the Marshall Field
estate is one of the controlling inter
ests in the Pullman Co., may possibly
account for your conclusion that Mr.
Walsh is a demagogue.
"To lead a war on poverty strikes
you as a task of a third-rate Socialist
agitator and as something that no
man of wealth can undertake without
convicting himself of demagogy. This
enlightening comment probably ex
plains your own silence on economic
issues that affect vitally the vast ma
jority of the lives of the people of
"Your comment explains why you
prefer to give Laura Jean L&by and
similar pabulum to your readers. It
does not tend to disturb an existing
order which in Chicago more than
any other city in the country should
arouse the protest of every decent
West said to a Day Book man: "I
don't know whether in giving you a
copy of this letter I am doing it as a
citizen and a newspaper man or as a
government ofBciaL I am ready to
present evidence that the Daily News
is a reckless liar, such a bold liar
that as a newspaper it has no busi-1
1 ness attacking Mr. Walsh or anyone
else as for exaggeration or dema
gogy. I am referring specifically now
to the billboard sign painted by The
Daily News in all parts of Chicago.
The sign reads:
" 'Any man who wants work can
get it by putting a want ad in The
Daily News.' v
"Mr. Lawson or any of his editorial
attaches would be willing to con
cede that this advertisement is a
falsehood. Thousands of men are
chasing after hundreds of jobs. Thou
sands must fail each day to get jobs.
"There is only a certain number of
jobs to be had. When those jobs are
dealt out and there are no more jobs
available in the community, then
every man who hasn't one must do
without work, and neither The Daily
News nor any other power can help
-"I am toH there are about 100,000
men out of work in Chicago now.
Victor Iawson'3 billboard sign says
that all of these 100,000 will get work
if they only advertise in his news
paper. What an easy solution for the
tragic problem of unemployment."
This is part of Chairman Walsh's
speech that made the News howl:
"Poverty comes because men do
not receive the full product of their
tofl. The government ought to take
back the land which has been taken
by fraud. This is not confiscation.
Every great fortune is a fundamental
wrong. He who gives bountifully to
the poor must first have robbed them
a-plenty. Every man with a fortune
must at some time have crossed the
line of ethics and of criminal law."
Victor Lawson pays $1,000 a year
to the support of the Survey, whose
editor, Paul TJ. Kellog, was attacked
by Chairman Walsh as having been ,
retained by Rockefeller influences.
Zearing, III. Brakeman W. W.
Williamson killed and Conductor -C.
W. Sharpe seriously hurt when C. L
& S. freight smashed into Burlington
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