Press: Newspaper Murder

People cherish legends of radio operators who stick to their keys as their ships go down, of actors who carry on the show as fire and panic threaten, of reporters whose dying gasps are in the service of their newspapers. Last week a new and complicated episode of newspaper dramatics was enacted in the little town of Alturas (pop. 2,338), up in the northeast corner county of California.

With five bullet holes in his body, dying Correspondent Claude L. McCracken wired the Associated Press and United Press, both of which he served...

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