The Press: Urgent Necessity

The dean of Mississippi editors, silvery-haired, gentle Joseph Dale, 70, fortnight ago wrote an unusual appeal to his subscribers.

Joe Dale's father settled in Monticello, Miss, before the Civil War, edited a newspaper, taught Joe how to set type. At 17 Joe started the Lawrence County Press. That was in 1888, when few of Lawrence County's present citizens had been born. Sometimes the crops were good, and Joe Dale prospered. Sometimes they were not so good, and Editor Dale did not press his hungry subscribers. He had been in business seven years when his...

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