The Press: Death of a General

For five minutes one morning last week the Seattle Times stopped its presses, silenced all typewriters and telephones. Death had come, at 62, to Brigadier General Clarance Brettun Blethen, best known of Pacific Northwest publishers.

Bought by his father just before the Klondike Gold Rush, the Times grew with Seattle (circ. 103,434). Blethen wrote its main editorials, originated its layouts, cartoons, slashing civic campaigns, invented several of its printing processes.

Outside the Times his sole interest was the Washington National Guard, which he made one of the best in the country. Gruff, bombastic,...

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