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A Daring St. Louis Reporter

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Chicago Saturday Herald. Judge Barnum of this city had a brother-in-law, who was a very daring reporter on the St. Louis press. It is related of the scribe that during the great riots at St. Louis, in the disguise of a workman, he secured the orders to the mobs and published thein daily, diseornötting all plan. One day the leader of the mob offtyrecl a reward for the head of the offending reporter, and suddenly called out, llif you see hiru now, seize him." The seribe glared around tiercely with the rest, but was not discovered. One day a noted criminal was to be hung and would give his confession only to a priest. The young man disguised as oneentered thefelon's eell and received his confession ere the church militant grot around. At another time a very noted feion was to be hung, and the reporter wrte up theexecution beforehand and left word at the office to print it unless otherwise advised. He had other business to attend to, aa reporters usually do havo, and when ae earned that the execntion had been tayed, sent word to the office to that ffèct. By some chance the message vas not understood and the account of ie execution appeared in full the next ay. Judge Barnum has since heard nother trial of the same felón, who is till at large. This reporter was sent o look after the yellow fever at Mem)his, aud is said to have escaped contagión by living at odd hours in a diving ell at tho bottom of the rivcr. He made two balloon ascensions, and in ne with Wise floated across the lakes ear the water, and finally landed in a ree. When the airship caught, all the mggags had been thrown out and the iair were just about to cast lots to see vhich should jump out to lessen the weight The daring of this reporter is ather above the exploits of nis profesión. He died a terrible death while ttempting; to board a train while in atiid rnotion.


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