Press: Catastrophe Coverage

Wherever they rose, last week's swollen yellow rivers made news (see p. 17). At the same time, they played hob with news-gathering organizations by filling presses with mud, wrecking power lines, deranging communication. Total damage to newspaper properties soared above $10,000,000.

Of newspapers in the flood's path, Pittsburgh's were hardest hit. When telegraphic facilities failed, Hearstmen on the Sun-Telegraph managed to get a long distance connection with the New York American, had Arthur Brisbane's column "Today" dictated over the wire. In it Mr. Brisbane announced that "Johnstown, Pa. has its second important...

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