The Press: Grandma Married

In Montgomery, Ala., the 112-year-old morning Advertiser last week took over its 52-year-old afternoon competitor, the Alabama Journal, celebrated by bringing out a joint Sunday edition. No run-of-the-mill newspaper union was this. The venerable Advertiser, known to most Montgomeryites as Grandma, is the most potent editorial voice between Atlanta and New Orleans. It cost the Advertiser's Publisher Richard Furman Hudson over $350,000 to buy out the Journal last week, made the combined papers a $1,000,000 property.

One good reason for the Advertiser's potency is its editor: farm-born, foppish Grover Cleveland Hall, who ranks with Louisville's Herbert Agar, Richmond's Dr. Douglas Southall Freeman,...

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