Religion: Dieff to the Transcript

A pioneer among secular newspapers was the Boston Transcript when it instituted a religious department — "The Churchman Afield"—33 years ago. The "Churchman" was Herbert Hervey Fletcher, who had gone into journalism in 1879, became manager of the New England Associated Press in 1887, associate managing editor of the Transcript in 1897. New England came to know "Churchman" Fletcher well. Apocryphal perhaps but typical is the story of the provincial lady who wrote in to say her 25-year-old son was spending a week in Boston, would the Churchman be good enough to...

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