CITIES: The New World

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Los Angeles wants no dudes, loafers and paupers; people who have no means and trust to luck, cheap politicians, failures, bummers, scrubs, impecunious clerks, bookkeepers, lawyers, doctors. We need workers! Hustlers! Men of brains, brawn and guts! Men who have a little capital and a good deal of energy—first-class men!

Goatee aflutter, walrus mustache aquiver, Colonel Harrison Gray Otis, 48, late of the Union Army and—in 1886—editor of the Los Angeles Times (circ. 2,500), fired his editorial cannon ball into the boom-frantic town by the Pacific. To the pueblo settlement seething...