The Press: Story of a Police Reporter

Kenneth George Bellairs at 71 still covered the St. Louis police department for the Star-Times. In two more months Jock Bellairs would have celebrated his 51st year as a reporter. But one morning last fortnight, at 6:30 in a drafty room at headquarters, after phoning in a story about a $100 burglary, Jock told his city editor he was ill. Last week he died.

Jock, son of a British Army captain in India, was sitting in police headquarters one day in 1898 when four bombs went off: signal that the Spanish-American War had begun. Said Jock: "In a few minutes the phone...

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