Editorial: The Mail Tribune, along with every other paper in Oregon except the big city papers, is in receipt of a letter from the Anti-Saloon League.
In other words, the Anti-Saloon league, which is a political organization, asks the newspapers of Oregon to print, free of charge, hundreds of columns of matter advocating its propaganda and in addition requests that copies of the papers be sent it, also free of charge. The newspaper publisher is expected to give away thousands of dollars of space — the only product he has to sell — to help salaried, but non-tax-paying, non-residents dictate the policies of Oregon.
If the efforts of the league are successful, it will be at the expense of the country newspapers, while the league officials, drawing increased salaries, invade other states, leaving Oregonians to hold the sack and pay the piper for the ensuing dance of disillusion and industrial depression that inevitably follows the adoption of state wide prohibition.
The other day the Anti-Saloon league had a four column advertisement in the Portland papers, paid for at high rates. If the league has the money to pay the city papers for its matter, why not also pay the country press? Why discriminate? Simply because the papers cannot be "worked," and some of the simple-minded country editors can be, and the astute gentlemen managing the League figure it a waste of money to pay for what they can graft.
There seems to be money galore in fighting the demon rum, for every one except the newspaper man — and there will be money for him if he demands it. His editorial opinions should be his own and not for sale — his advertising columns, in justice to his regular advertisers, should be charged for at good rates to whoever pays the price. If the laborer is worthy of his hire, the advertisement is worth its price — especially when the issue involved is political and economic, rather than moral.