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Horace Greeley As Editor

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Parent Issue
Day
21
Month
May
Year
1880
Copyright
Public Domain
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Something more, I aui sure, should have been said of Mr. Oreeley's quick literary sense. He was a man for whotn it was a pleasure to work. You thought, as you wrote, of how he would like this sentence ur ihai lluatraiiun, ana you were sure oí a kind, competent and a catbolic judge. He did not always praiso ; indeed, he sometiuies found a great deal of fault, but he did so upon priiiciples which it was impossible to dispute, with an intelligence which conimanded respect, and according to univorKilly accepted canons. lie had one great inerit as an editor - he comprehended procisely what a leading árdele should be. i. do not mean to say that he had aDy peculiar nolions ; he preferred that a writer should be himself,.say what he thought and say it in his own way. If he could not do this uftcr a fashion conimanding readers and respect; Mr. Greeley thought the man had mistaken his vocation, and advised him to try farming or soine other more promising enterprise. An editorial writer, dealiog mainly with the manager, had but Hule to do with Mr. Greeley, unless that writer happened to inake a blunder. Then he heard from tbe little inside room, out of nbiiiii tliu cülcf would rush in a state of wrath worthy of Uo poio. Thuo it, -wilV b seen that, whoever might be the managing editor of the Tribune, with whom we were mainly brought in contact, it was Mr. Greeley who really governed and shaped the sheet. There were considerably long periods during which he did not write at all. Often he would be absent from the office for several weeks. Then he would come back and for a littlo while fill the wbole editorial page ; and again he would disappear. But ho was always the editor of his own newspaper, when he pleased to be. If he found it taking a direction of which he did not approvc, thcre was trouble and sometimes sore trouble, the particulars of which do not concern the publio. More than once, cspecially during the difficult days of the rebellion, he brought the Tribune round with a sharp turn. In the mere matter of having his owu way, there never was an editor-in-chief more positive and self-asserting. Considering how he impressed bis personality upon the newspaper, I do not so much wonder at the notion of nomo of his most ancient readers, that all the artieles which were particularly brilliant must have been written by himself.