The Press: Gift of the Editors

From the Texas Heritage Foundation went the touching plea to the President of the U.S.: Would he, in the name of Christian charity, posthumously pardon that gifted storyteller O. Henry,* convicted in 1898 of embezzling $854.08 from an Austin bank? At the same time the wire went to President Eisenhower from Major General (ret.) Paul Wakefield, the foundation's president, word of his appeal was scattered to newspapers, radio and television stations the country over.

The response would have warmed O. Henry's heart. Newspapers all over the U.S. leaped at the bait; feature writers...

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