History of Journalism in the United States

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General Books, 2009 - Literary Collections - 318 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ... York, Wood's part, it was explained, must necessarily be a secret one. With the assistance of William Hunter, the editor of the Palladium, who allowed them to print their paper on his press, and with materials obtained from the editor of a paper published at Lexington, the first number of the Western World appeared on July 5, 1806. The paper was innocent-looking enough from a modern standpoint. The first article was entitled the " Spanish Conspiracy "; it aroused great excitement. Street was kept busy receiving challenges to duels, and finally notified the public that he would file all challenges in the order received and " from time to time give a list of them in the Western World for the information of the public at large." Not all of his opponents, however, gave him an opportunity to defend himself, for one legislator endeavored to assassinate him. Street's next sensation was to further the prosecution of Burr; when Burr was acquitted and a ball was given in honor of this event, Street was forcibly ejected from the ball-room. The success of the Western World, however, was such that, at the end of its fourth month, it had a circulation of 1,200, which was a most ample demonstration of its popularity. Meantime Street's partner, Wood, had sold out and tried to corrupt him. Failing in this, Wood left Frankfort for Washington and became attached to the cause of Burr, who had been denounced by President Jefferson, his arrest following shortly afterward. Street kept up the fight alone as best he could, but was finally impoverished by libel suits, and left the state to work among the Indians of Wisconsin, among whom he did notable service. 8 More than ordinary importance attaches to the date of the first newspaper in the Northwest Territory, later to...

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