The Press: Jokester

Shrewd editors do not print in their columns wild and derogatory letters signed by fictitious names without first ascertaining the identity of the writers. Because in at least one such case he was not shrewd, Editor John Wesley Mapoles of the Hopewell (Va.) News last week found himself sharing a jail cell with a prominent Hopewell bootlegger.

The case began when Editor Mapoles, fined $10 for contempt of court because of a newsstory which offended Judge T. B. Robertson, appeared in court with 17 local lawyers to...

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