The Press: Strutting Magazineman

Celebrating the first five years of publication of The American Mercury, Editor H. L. Mencken pointed out editorially in the December number what a bright, good, competent job has been done; how happy all the intelligent readers of the magazine are (all of them being intelligent); how tirelessly he will strive to make the Mercury brighter and bigger and better.

All the debts of the Mercury are paid, said Editor Mencken; it is showing a profit. Advertisers are faithful and enthusiastic. Imitators of the magazine have turned up, but the Mercurians never fail to "distinguish between the simon pure article and...

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