The Press: Eddie Guest's Rival

For Mother's Day, Edgar A. ("Eddie") Guest ground out his daily "pome" in the Detroit Free Press:

. . . This the mother that we knew!

Never any life was purer.

Gentle, tender, brave and true,

Never any love was surer.*

At this sort of banal jingling, 65-year-old Eddie Guest was hard to beat, at least as far as the Free Press's circulation department was concerned. But in the rival Detroit News, 58-year-old Anne Campbell, a grandmother herself, did her level best:

. . . The modern mother we agree,

Does not reflect the art

Of Whistler, but...

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