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circles and brought inquiries from all
over the nation asking what it means.
"Why did you da it?-I asked him,
and the answer came thus:
"Alflny days I have wanted to be
the editor of a greatjiewspaper. This
is to be the biggest anil-most enjoy
able adventure of my life." '
For a man who has spanked'
Johnnie Rockefeller, Jr., for forget
ting the lesson of George Washing
ton's hatchet, forced Pierp Morgan,
et al., to tell what they knew or did
not know about labor conditions in
their industries, made a report to
'congress which is causing the poli
ticians to squirmand saJbroke into
the front page headlines for two
tion, or political party. We must
have" home rflla a"ri,p"o'ntiCald3c-'
racy. WejiustjfrjthCiand. The
people want, these, and many other
things donWl There ara reasons why
they cannot get, them done. I pro
pose totpoint'oufc those reasons."
"Bufcsuppose all this getson the
toes of "your big advertisers?"
Editor Frank P. Walsh, who could be a governor or senator, but who
prefers to run the Kansas City Post He's shown here snapped at his desk.
years, this seemed a trifling aspira
tion. "But why?" I protested. "You
have a national reputation, you are
at the head of the Kansas City bar,
you are talked- of for governor of
Missouri or United States senator,
why not "
"Hush!" he broke in. "There is no
political job on the map I would ac
cept as a gift. I want to be an ed
itor because it affords the greatest
possible opportunity for real service."
"What sort of a newspaper do you
propose to run?"
"One that "will give the people a"
square deal and not be a mere mouth
piece of some private interest, fac-
Walsh dug into a file of the Post,
pointed to an editorial of his own,
printed the fourth day afterhis tak
ing command, and Ijead
"The news and eoitorial columns
of a modern, newspaper should in no
way be influenced by its advertising
columns. ' The subscribers to a daily
newspaper purchase it on the- as
sumption that it will "neither twist nor
becloud its record of events by per
version or suppression."
Walsh means it Every political,
business and moral crook in the Mis
souri valley knows he means it The
people seem to know it, ' too new
"starts" are coming in" at the fate of
100 a day.