The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 566
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The Express sped her on her way. The Reporter wrote: "She
will stop in Houston today and tell the citizens how to live the
The Gazette Scribe wrote his farewell: "As the train pulled out
she shouted a last farewell to the crowd: 'Adios Amigos. Gut
The next morning, the fourth, the Express Reporter summed
up: "The total amount of fines assessed in Corporation Court
this morning was $2. Nothing like this has happened in San
Antonio in months."
And the Light Man wrote finis on January 13: "The lid was
prized up a little today."
In closing the writer would like to return to his favorite
reporter of them all, the fearless journalist. Back in the old days,
woe betide the reporter who scrambled the facts. The competition
would rip out his bones and lay them in the sun. Lucky was the
man who could correct his own errors first, for enemies would
pounce on him as on a wounded rabbit.
For downright fearless journalism, and a contrite retraction,
one must take his hat off to the Daily Light of May 2, 1888:
The Light report on the Sunset train tragedy at Valentine on
Saturday was based on hearsay evidence and was therefore a little
inaccurate. The tragedy occurred on a train coming east instead of
going west. The murderer's name was Taylor and not Johnson or
Day. And he killed his victim by stabbing him with an eight-inch
dirk, not by shooting him. Taylor isn't dead either, though reported
so, but is fatally injured, and if not dead, soon will be.
Here’s what’s next.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960, periodical, 1960; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101186/m1/698/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.