The Press: Death at Canton

Than the morning News of Canton, Ohio has had few newspapers of wider fame. In 1926 it became a national figure when its editor, Don R. Mellett, was assassinated for his crusade against an alliance of the police and the underworld in Canton, (TIME, July 26; Aug. 2, 1926). In 1927 that crusade was posthumously rewarded with the Pulitzer prize. Yet the News did not pay. Its owner, James M. Cox, Ohio's ofttime (1913-15, 1917-19, 1919-21) Governor and the Democratic Presidential nominee of 1920, had bought it as a rundown property from...

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