The Press: John R. Rathom

An epic of world wanderings and a career in journalism came to an end with the death of John Revelstoke Rathom, at the age of 55. He was born on July 4, 1868, in Australia, and after many wayfarings died in Rhode Island.

His first adventure came at the age of 18 when The Melbourne Argus sent him to Egypt to cover the British campaign in the Soudan following the disastrous siege that ended when General Gordon's head rolled 'down the steps of the palace in Khartoum. There followed several years of wandering in...

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