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Before 1949: Thirty Years War on Hagueism
Part Three

By J. Owen Grundy
This Web version, edited by GET NJ, COPYRIGHT 2003

While the Case Probe was at its height, the Jersey Journal began the publication of "Letters to the Editor" signed "F.L.G." They were skillfully written and held Hague up to ridicule. Even the Hague payrollers were reading F.L.G. and having a big laugh, at the boss's expense.

Hague requested the Dears to stop publication of these letters. They refused. Now, Hague's wrath was turned against the Jersey Journal. He had one of his political satellites in the State Assembly introduce an impeachment resolution to expel Judge Dear from the state's highest court. He went on radio and blasted the Jersey Journal and its publishers, personally. Every movie house ad was stripped from The Jersey Journal, news stands were forbidden to sell it, and payroll boys and girls were ordered not to be caught reading the newspaper. Hague organization workers went from door to door selling subscriptions to the rival Jersey Observer. And, Hague and his city commissioners adopted a formal resolution changing the name of Journal Square. to Veterans Square.

The Journal fought back, with strong Anti-Hague editorials, exposes, and to annoy Hague even more, employed Dr. Francis L. Golden to write a daily "F. L. G. His Column." His masterful satire had the whole town laughing at "The Duke of Deal," as he called Hague and "Ichey" the invented Hague Japanese butler. Dr. Golden, a brilliant young dentist, with great writing talent, lived to become a successful author and aide in the Governor's office. But, during this period, he was one of Hague's most hated enemies and effective critics.

Under Dr. Golden's leadership, together with Victor G. Gough, Joe Mullins, Wm. A. O'Brien, Felix Tumulty, and others, the Independent Citizens Union was organized, with offices in The Jersey Journal Building. They opened ward clubs, in store fronts, in all twelve wards. James Hogan, Peter Lynch, Jim McIntyre, Frany Ward, Peter Ambrose, Leo White, Pete Mullins, among others, headed these clubs. They organized against Hague in the wards and districts. In the effort, they met with stiff resistance. There were physical beatings, harassment of every kind.

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