Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Yellow Journalism-1905

Don't believe everything you read in the paper according to the editor of the Sumner Press least in other towns' papers. 

February 23, 1905: “The following appeared in the Vincennes Daily Commercial last Saturday purporting to be a Special from Sumner:
Sheriff Pete Carr, of Lawrenceville, resorted to an unusual method here today in order to secure a place in which to hold court. Sumner is unfortunate in not having a hall in which to try her lawsuits, and when Sheriff Carr came to this place today to have the hearing in the case of Link Jones, who is alleged to have shot at his boy, seriously hurting him, he could find no place in which to hold court. After making every endeavor to secure a place he was about to give up in despair when someone suggested that they could go to his house, provided they would give him a $1.50, and not to be outdone, the plucky officer turned the prisoner over to the mercy of some bystander whom he deputized to look after him, and started out to secure the cash. Taking his hat from his head he made a trip or two over the main streets of this little village and returned to find that he had succeeded in collecting a $1.42.
The man announced that his house was open to the public for the purposes of having this case disposed of, and the Sheriff, with the prisoner, the attorneys in the case, witnesses and all, started for the place, but when they arrived the attorneys got into a wrangle and the fight became so warm and bitter that the students of Blackstone came near to blows, and the court on its own motion, continued the case until next Monday, but the Sheriff will have to take up another collection.”

The Sumner Press answered this story with the following:   For yellow journalism this should be awarded the highest premium. The facts in the case are that Police Magistrate Baird secured the Masonic Hall in order to accommodate the spectators who assembled to hear the trial and a collection was willingly made up to reimburse the janitor of the hall for his trouble in opening and warming the room for the trial. There was no wrangle between the attorneys and the case was continued on motion of the defense as elsewhere stated in this issue. Those conversant with all the surroundings can very readily see from what source the article originated and for what purpose it was written. Sumner has usually taking care of the people who come here and no town has a better reputation for the hospitality of her people.

March 2, 1905:  The jabs between the papers continued:

The Sumner Press accused  Editor Sheets of the Oblong  Oracle of stealing its editorials. The Palestine reporter got into the fight by printing a comment:  “We have been wondering whether the Oracle should be arraigned on a charge of grand or petit larceny. (referring to the value or worth of the editorials.)