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. f. ItEClT JtOCITY HEARING STIES il : ; ,HIGII TARIFF SENATORS. ; Herman Ridder Velio Attempt to Influence the Puhlie Through Effort to Gt Newepaper to Print Biased Dispatch Angry PermmaWie. '-. '-. '-. ? Washington The hiring on the Canadian reciprocity 'm "agreement before lha Senate Finance Committee developed practically nothing but an exchange of angry pereonal- pereonal- itlea. Herman Ridder of New York, former president of the American Publishers' Association, was the witness, He had been called by Senators who wanted to question Mm about methods employed by publishers in favoring reciprocity. The high tariff Senators, tike Heyburn and Clark of Wyoming, and McCumber and Snoot, attacked him irom the start McCumber went so far as to eh ar acta acta rixe ae an "absolute falsehood" Ridder's statement that the newspapers were printing fair accounts of the reciprocity reciprocity fight This brought a protest from Senator Stone (Dam.) against insulting a witness.. The Senators asked Ridder particularly about certain telegrams sent out by him to publishers, aaking that they should instruct their Washington correspondents to treat the reciprocity agreement "favorably, because It provided for free paper," etc., their idea being apparently that this was an effort to organise public sentiment by biased dispatches. dispatches. This purpose, of course, Ridder denied. If the present reciprocity bill failed, newspapers of the country would be at the mercy of the "paper trust" At present the paper trust is master of the iltuation. It fixes prices absolutely. Three cents a pound for paper, Mr. Ridder esid, would do away with the penny paper. Such a paper could not be published at a penny with paper at 24 cents. Along the same line, Senstor Stone had Mr. Ridder state the same result would be obtained as to country papers. With the reciprocity agreement In effect, Mr. Ridder said paper from Canada could be had at 1 cents per pound. Senator McCumber fought to commit Mr, Ridder to the statement that the press had not given the opposition opposition to reciprocity the same prominence as it did to those who favored it Mr. Ridder said that it was not so as far as he knew. Xpw York Metal Market. r ':. Bureau records the the the supply peninsula.. with Gulf Ohio Lake Upper Rocky Pacific below April April Freight Other Non-trans, Non-trans,

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  1. The Wall Street Journal,
  2. 06 Jun 1911, Tue,
  3. Page 3

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