The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 555
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Carry Nation in Texas
greatest influence in the last half of the nineteenth century. For
lack of spot news, later afforded by the Associated Press, United
Press-International News Service, and other services, early news-
papers filled their columns by using the scissors. That is, they
lifted stories from friendly papers, so that if one were a Democrat,
he did not get much solace from a Republican newspaper, and
The writer saw the end of that era when as a boy he once lived
in a small town up North. The retired farmers and villagers
would sit around the big stove in the grocery store waiting for
the Chicago mail-train to come in, about eight o'clock in the
The Republicans would get the papers out of their post-office
boxes, the Chicago Tribune and the Inter-Ocean. The Democrats
would get the Journal and Herald. There would be a deep silence
for about thirty minutes, for they were slow readers; and then the
fun would commence. Both sides had fresh ammunition. It lasted
until dinner-time. No issue has ever risen in America with as
deep-seated convictions as politics, especially in the two-party
states of the East and Middle West. The writer still has, at home,
a small trunk full of newspapers dealing with the Tilden-Hayes
controversy-saved by his father with as much care and conviction
as if he had discovered the original Gutenberg Bible.
For present purposes, one should move back a little further
from the turn of the century to the days of "fearless journalism."
The fearless journalist was the editor and his own reporter. He
developed in the Wild and Woolly West, and he backed up his
paragraphs with a six-shooter. He was the forerunner of modern
newsgathering, for he was not unduly interested in politics be-
cause he was too busy. And he was not interested in money,
because he saw so little of it.
San Antonio, Houston, Fort Worth, Dallas, El Paso, and Austin
had their share of fearless journalism. The following extracts are
representative of some of the fearless journalists' plain-spoken
recordings of the life about them.
The old-time reporter-editor had the whole town for his beat.
Usually he was slightly built, but he feared no man. He worked
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