Newspaper Page Text
And How She Helped to Handle a Big Newspaper Story
BY ELLIOTT FLOWER.
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
Rainev. the news- editor, went to
Blake, the managing editor, with a
"Wellington wires to know if he
can't have his vacation now," said
Rainey. "He wants to. stop over at
Newton on his way home."
"Tell him," instructed Blake, "that
any . vacation he takes now will be
made permanent. "We're short-handed,
and we want him back here in a
hurry. He ought to have started last
Rainey went back to. his desk and
answered the, telegram as directed.
Wellington had been sent out on an
important story, which he had han
dled successfully, and he should have
been on his way home.
Rainey went to Blake again a little
later with another telegram.
"Wellington wants to stop over
Saturday and Sunday at Newton,"
"No !" thundered Blake. "He's lost
one day already. What is there .at
Newton, anyhow,, that makes, it so
"Wellington's girl, I believe," re
"Oh, that's it, is it?" exclaimed
Blake, "with a laugh. "Well, we're
running a newspaper and not a mat
rimonial bureau. Tell him to get
, back on the first train."
' "Wellington says he's going to stop
at Newton," Rainey announced.
"Fire him by wire!" instructed
"Can't," returned Rainey. "He
said he was leaving for Newton when
we wired last, and he gave no Newton
. address. May hot be at a hotel, and
. we couldn't pick out the right one,
"What the girl's name?"
"What a devil o( "a lot of trouble
women mnTrft'" srrowled Blake. 'Ill
see that a letter of discharge is on his
desk when he gets back, 'and that
the reason is clearly stated."
The letter was written and put on
Wellington's desk, and thereupon
Wellington became a negligible quan
tity so far as the "Express" was con
cerned. He was considered no longer
a member of the staff when a start
ling Associated Press bulletin was re
ceived the next day. There were oth-.
ers who could handle big stories quite
as well, if hot better,, and this was
so big that! the slighting of less im
portant matters never would be no
ticed. , i
The bulletin re'adj, ."Cloudburst in
the mountains .:Towh .of ffighwobd
destroyed. Through -passenger trin
;in Highwood depot lost Wires down
and tracks washed put.Jp,wprdXlUce
last night, except story of. one half
dead -survivor who -has 'just got
Blake jumped for ahatlas and. a
time-table,. and Rainey and the city
editor leaned over him as he looked
"Can't get anyone there from here
before tomorrow," he announced,
'"but -it's more than a single-day
,stoiy." Then to the.city editor? "Start
.three men and-an artist, Brown. Tell
tfhem to. be there tomorrow, if it's
m'ecessary to buy up the road to get
through.-. Rainey and I will hgure out
I "Hold qna minute! Here's New
ton, only sixty miles away! Lord!
we've just got to get hold of Welling
ton! Wire him, Rainey, and then try
the long-distance 'phone. Why the
devil didn't ,he mention his girl's
There is nothing more aggravat
ing, no greater strain on the nerves,
than comes with an attempt to get