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Mark Simonson

March 1, 2014

Local news, opinion often mixed in 1889 newspapers


Headlined “An Unwarranted Attack” came this entry on March 16.

“As the reporter of the daily NEWS was passing the Susquehanna house yesterday afternoon,” then found at the northeast corner of Main and Chestnut Streets, “he was accosted by the clerk of that house and threatening eternal vengeance, for publishing the following squib: ‘— Another knock down and drag out occurred at the Susquehanna house yesterday afternoon. How long will this kind of thing be permitted to exist in this town, where a moral status seems to prevail, but is afraid to assert itself.’

“The aforesaid minion, who gloats in the fact of his being connected with this house to do the bidding of one as bad as himself, told the reporter he would wipe the street with him, and then go before the Justice and pay his fine if it cost him $50. Is justice so cheap as that, in this town? We shall see. All this and other debasing language was used by him. We took it in short-hand, while he shot it out of his mouth on the front piazza and in broad daylight. We cannot, however, publish such filth, it would debase the lowest. And all for what? For squibbing about the dirty rackets, which are occurences (sic) there. Yes, you shall kick our paper out of your house. It has been under the contaminating influence long enough. But you shall not kick nor close the columns of the daily NEWS, especially when you knock down and drag out the face and eyes of the whole community.”

Finally, from March 19, “— A White Cap letter, of a vicious nature, was received in town yesterday by a lady, emanating, no doubt from an irate person who has some spite to gratify. We are quite sure we could trace the source of this loving epistle to its fountain head, if necessary. A coat of tar and feathers, with a long rail, would be a good thing for such parties. Woe be to him or her who is caught inditing (sic) these wicked letters. Justice is slow sometimes, but sure.”

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