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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 02, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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grafting thieves among high police
officials, it is still less easy to see why
the Tribune offers its pages to the
police force and at the same time
denies its news, pages to the garment
strikers. - -
Today the Tribune prints on PAGE
SIX INSIDE a list of 306 cases of vio
lence committed by police and slug
gers on garment strikers.
Saturday the Tribune printed on
PAGE ONE OUTSIDE with scream
ing headlines that caught all Chi
cago: "Strike Assaults 339 in
Month." That day Chief Schuettler
practically had one whole page to
. prove that the police are a lot of
heroes and the strikers, 60 per cent
women and girls, are a mass of dirty
, rowdies with guns, knives and clubs.
Did the Tribune show this list to
union officers and ask them the an
. swer? No.
Did the Tribune point out that it
was strictly a one-sided list and left
out the names of Samuel Kapper, the
deaf and dumb tailor who was shot
and killed by a strikebreaker, and
scores of others slugged? No.
The whole story was played
through and through to give the
same impression that the Kuppen
heimers and garment bosses are
spreading: That the strikers are a
slimy, treacherous, violent bunch and
the police are heroes.
Why does Chief Schuettler get the
Tribune FRONT PAGE on violence of
"strikers and the strikers a BACK
PAGE for their facts on police vio
lence? Isn't it just as sensational
that 306 strikers have been slugged
by police and armed guards, one
striker hot to death and "two others
now in hospital with revolver shot
Isn't it even more sensational that
Rose Goodman was jammed so for
cibly into a patrol wagon by city po
lice that her breastbone is broken,
she is under a doctor's care, and
women like Maud Cain Taylor, sec
retary Chicago Political Eaualitv
league, say they saw her writhe in. I
1 pain and moan at the slightest pres
sure of the doctor s finger in exam
ination? What is gained for this community
by the printing of report sheets from
Schuettler's spies at strikers' meet
ings? When have "police spies of
Chicago or anywhere else so estab
lished themselves as truth-tellers that
they are entitled to a hearing over
working people on strike?
And why twist a little statement
from Hoyne into a news story that he
may prosecute strike speakers for
"incendiary" talk?
There has only been one approxi
mately truthful news-story on the po
lice and garment strike situation in
the Tribune the past week. That was
the one Monday morning on the mass
meeting at Cohan's Grand Opera
House Sunday. And then there was
no mention of the fact that the name
of Kuppenheimer was at the top of
those pathetic little wage slips shown
by Grace Abbott
A few weeks ago the Tribune ran
that splendidly human series by
Henry M. Hyde on the manufacture
of criminals through false arrests.
This garment strike would have been
a great laboratory for Hyde to work
in. He would have found hundreds
of cases where the private police in
stigate brawls, the city police arrest
the. strikers and the degradation di
rectly touches all concerned except
the Kuppenheimers and the garment
trade millionaires, who are miles
away and perhaps only hear rumors
of the strike.
The Tribune calls for an inheri
tance tax on large fortunes. Surely
the Tribune editors and publishers
must see that these garment strikers
are trying to collect higher wages ,
now from their masters. They don't '
want to wait until the Kuppenheim
ers are shoveled into the tombs.
Can it be that Joe Medill Patter
son, author of "The Fourth Estate,"
writer of that wonderful sketch, ''By
Products," is a force on the Tribune
editorial staff?
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