The Press: Contempt of Court

A long, two-fisted, crusading record has the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Back in 1883, four years after the late, great Joseph Pulitzer created it, Managing Editor John A. Cockerill shot and killed a man who called the Post-Dispatch a gang of blackmailers. Under famed Managing Editor Oliver Kirby ("O. K.") Bovard, who retired two years ago, the Post-Dispatch tore into municipal corruption whenever it could be found, in 1937 won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing election frauds. Last week the Post-Dispatch was again in the fray.

Bovard's successor is a 6 ft. 4 in., 235-Ib. Missourian named Benjamin Harrison Reese. Editor Reese has...

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