The Press: Death of a Viscount

A new era began for Britain's press one day in 1896 when two Harmsworth brothers, sons of an indigent London barrister, started the Daily Mail. First of Britain's great papers for the masses, it made the Harmsworths first of a fabulous line of British press lords. That era definitely ended last week when the younger of the Harmsworth brothers, aged 72, died of dropsy in Bermuda.

Alfred Harmsworth was 23 when he started his first paper, Answers to Correspondents, a gossipy, amusing weekly journal. It caught on with Britain's masses. Harold Harmsworth was then...

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