The Nation: Anybody Here Named Clarke?

On rare occasions, the past can be not only recalled but recaptured. Exactly 100 years ago next week, the elder daughter of Horace Greeley, 19th century journalistic war horse and founder-publisher of the New York Tribune, filled a ten-inch-square brass box with quaint mementos of her era and saw the box sealed within the cornerstone of the Tribune's new headquarters in Lower Manhattan. When that building was demolished in 1968, the time capsule was found and kept by the wrecker until late last year, when he brought it to a dealer to sell. The solid brass exterior had worn extremely well...

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