The Press: Kansas Freeman

From a dinky town in southeastern Kansas, Girard by name, a rude little newspaper used to yip and snap at President McKinley 35 years ago. As each successive Administration took office, it too was baited by the Kansas weekly. So was Capitalism. In the course of 20 years the paper—called The Appeal to Reason— piled up subscribers by the million. Girard had to be given a first-class postoffice. For all its viciousness, all its revolutionary effort, The Appeal to Reason left no record of accomplishment. But an incident of its career was...

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