The Press: THE PRESS: Insult

In the days when U. S. journalism was young and yellow, newspapermen often quarreled violently and in public. One editor would refer to his colleague as "that scurrile cur, that . . . slander-monger Drennelthorpe, of the Courier Gazette . . . whereupon Mr. Drennelthorpe would visit the writer with a bowie knife and a hickory cudgel. Every reporter was trained to use a shotgun, and in most composing rooms a portrait of Andrew Jackson looked down with sombre eyes upon a neat rack of buggy-whips. Newspaper men still quarrel. Most of...

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