The Press: Infernal Outrage

Theoretically, the newspaperman belongs to a "fourth estate," proud in its antecedents, jealous for its membership, mighty in affairs. Actually he binds his toga with shoelace and a piece of string, and now and then he must take to his heels with some irate mere first-or second-estater grabbing at the frayed vestment.

In the exercise of his profession, he is curiously without legal protection, or social position. According to the whim of the moment the man he interviews may paste him at the first question, or sneer, or smile. If the reporter develops as...

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