The Press: Local Edicts

There is no tyrant so absolute as an editor within the confines of his paper. His slaves tremble at his glance. One word from him makes or un-makes a nobly formed article. If he's so inclined, there is no end to the whims which become solemn law by his decree. If he is so inclined, and has wisdom, he may make far-reaching innovations. There are thousands of these petty tyrants throughout the country. Readers sojourning in the principality of one, are often totally unaware of what is a capital offence in another—or what, by...

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