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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 20, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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dreds would have starved. We had
to do something now." They were
told the mayor would see them to
morrow. Another riot broke out when the
police secretly arrested Marie Ganz
as she was about to leave the City
Hall. The women caught sight of
the police throwing her into the pa
trol wagon and let out a cry of rage.
It was necessary for police reserves
to prevent them tearing Miss Ganz
from her captors.
This afternoon the police received
word that 3,000 additional women
weer forming in Rutgers Square.
Riots continued in the tenement
districts last night and today. Push
carts were overturned and their con
tents saturated with kerosene and
Who is paying for the big adver
tisements the Chicago Surface Lines
are running in the trust press? Are
the people paying 55 per cent of the
advertising rates charged for this
space? Does the street car company
advertise to control the news col
umns of the papers?
These are the three questions that
will be answered if a resolution offer
ed yesterday by Aid. John Kennedy
is passed by the council. It will come
up for action before the finance com
mittee Frjday. v
Kennedy thinks the people are pay
ing more than half the money which
the street car company hands the
loop press for big display ads used to
force legislation that the company
"If the money paid for advertising
by street car companies is taken out
of the operating fund it means that
the people of the city are paying
more than half the bill, because this
comes out of the 55 per cent of the
net profits that is supposed to a to
the traction fund of the city." declar
ed Kennedy today.
"It wouldn't be so bad at that if
the advertisements were used to bet
ter service. They are not. They'
are used to subsidize the papers
which1 carry the ads and push legisla
tion which the car company wants to
put across.
"The ads themselves are trying to
bend public opinion in favor of the
50-year franchise that Wall street (
bankers want to grab frdm the city.
"But worse than that, I think they
also are used to turn the editorial
columns into tools for the capitalists
behind the car companies.
"If a newspaper is getting thou
sands of dollars a month from the
car company for advertising it is
more likely to treat the firm better
than it might otherwise, especially
if the owners are eastern capitalists
and they are trying to put over
something in a, franchise way that
will kill the comprehensible subway,
pet of the State street department
"The very plan that the company
is advertising iirthis display space is
against the best interests of the peo
ple. It is a grab. I want to find out
whether the people are paying more
than half of the bill.
"It would be a serious situation if
the people were paying half of the
advertising rates to fool themselves
into handing the traction magnates
a 50-year-franchise grab."
At the suggestion of Aid. Richert,
the matter will be investigated by the
committee on finance because of the
expense that may be necessary in
getting the information from the
street car company.
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New York, Feb. 20. A. A.' Sander g
and Chas. W. Wunnenberg, natural- "
ized Germatis, were scheduled for ap
pearance in" court today, following
their arrest on federal warrants ac
cusing them of being fepies acting in
interest of Germany. Are charged
with getting British military infor
mation through "newspapermen"
sent into England.

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