The Press: The House on Twelfth Street

With a fat, 28-page anniversary issue, Manhattan's Daily Worker last week marked its 25th birthday as the oldest Communist U.S. daily. There were greetings from such sister publications as France's L'Humanité, Britain's Daily Worker and Poland's Trybuna Ludu. (Russia's Pravda tactfully refrained from sending any message.) But there was no office celebration, and little to celebrate. Circulation was at a low 24,700 daily and 67,000 Sunday, finances were as shaky as ever. And sallow, hard-bitten Editor John Gates, who had trained for journalism by fighting with the loyalists in Spain and helping organize the bloody "Little Steel" strike, was being tried...

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