The Press: From West of the Tracks

At a war-bond rally in the Loop last week hundreds of readers of the Chicago Daily News met two of their favorite newspaper characters. They were there in person: 1) "Oxie O'Rourke," a baggy-pants commentator off West Madison Street who speaks the unimportant man's view of important matters in a side-of-the-mouth argot; 2) fat-chinned Clem Lane, a near-legendary Chicago newspaper man. The two are one & the same.

Seriocomic "Oxie O'Rourke" has lately been taking on more importance than ever in the Daily News (circ. 440,000). Once he was merely a sidelines...

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