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He Abolished The Page

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For many years t!ie Cincinnati Enquirer used to print a solid editorial page and employed an exclusive editorial stafï of dx writèrs, who wrote all their matter at night in order to keep abreast of the telegraphicnews. One Fourth of July evéning as they assembled to begin work somebody suggested a patriotic drink in honor of the occasion. They fileddown to a restaurant near by, and, as they lined up at the bar, the door opened and Washington McLean, the presiding genius of the paper, came in. Mr. McLeau did not drink of ten, but when he did he drank very hard. Or this occasion he was celebrating the Fourth. The resultwasthat round af ter round of whisky was ordered, and nobody thought of the editorial page except one writer (who tells the story in the Chicago Times-Herald), who went back to the editorial rooms and sat dowu to write an editorial. He nevergot beyond the first sentence, "Yesterday was the Fourth of July. ' ' The next day, when the paper carne out, on the editorial page there was just oue line of editorial matter. At the top were the words, "Yesterday was the Fourth of July," and the rest of the page was filled with news. The reading public believed tbat the change was intentional, and Mr. McLean received so many congratulatory letters commending his in giving news preference over editorial that he abolished the editorial page permanently.


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