Books: Country Editor

FORTY YEARS on MAIN STREET—William Allen White—Farrar & Rinehart ($3).

When a newspaper editor writes a best-selling editorial, that's news. Such news was made 41 years ago when a 28-year-old, redheaded, roly-poly country editor named William Allen White of The Emporia Gazette wrote for his 485 subscribers a scorching editorial against Bryan's Populists, called What's the Matter with Kansas?* Famed Republican Boss Mark Hanna plastered the U. S. with it in the McKinley-Bryan campaign, offered its author his pick of a job; big city dailies did the same. Editor White turned down both...

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