The Press: The Peacemaker

In 1910, when a starched and proper young Irishman named John Francis Fitzpatrick arrived in Salt Lake City, capital of predominantly Mormon Utah, he found a mud-flinging contest going on between Salt Lake City's morning paper, the Gentile* Tribune, and the Saints' own evening Deseret News.

Young Fitzpatrick, who went about his business as a newly hired railroad clerk, did not know it at the time, but the mudfight had been going on spiritedly for 40 years. The Tribune, established in 1870 by bitter Mormon dissidents, was winning; its virulent assaults on church...

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