The Press: An Oath for an Editor

As editor of the leading U.S. Protestant magazine, Dr. Paul Hutchinson, 62, of the 69-year-old Christian Century (circ. 37,000) was understandably surprised at the letter that came in from Daingerfield, Texas. Said the letter: "I am so impressed with this single copy that I would like to receive the publication for a 13-week trial. My check for $1 is enclosed ... It has long been [my] inviolate rule ... to refuse to subscribe to any magazine . . . unless the editor can and will sign and return to me the pledge appearing below."

Attached to the letter was a form that...

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