The Press: On the Melancholy Side

The "roundup," a quick look at people in scattered places, was invented by newspapers, borrowed with spectacular success by radio. Last week the New York Times used it with good results. To 18 Times correspondents round the world went cabled orders for a 600-word interview with a "common man" in each country.

To get common men as much alike as possible in pay and social position the world over, the Times chose not-so-common railroad engineers ("theoretically, they see life from the same level—the locomotive-cab window," were above average in pay, but average in viewpoint)....

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