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HUGH WILSON, Fifty Years Editor .\
Time a Printer in Newberry on *
Abbeville, S. C... Oct. 29th, 1915.
Col. E. H. Aull,
Editor Herald and Xews,
Newberry, S. U.
I notice with pleasure your intention'
to print the fiftieth anniversary edition
of The Herald and News. The historical
facts which you express determination
to publish will make exceedingly
interesting reading. I think, too, that
-you would add interest to that publication
if you went further back than
I860 in the printing business.
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i was a. pxiuin m tut; xkisiug cm:i
office during the year 1S54> My testimony
would be to the effect that Mr.
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hcs. F. Greneker was publisher of the
ifrairi that .rear, and that James H.
riles had been eciitor of the paper for
ears before Mr. Gereneker became
rinter of The Herald.
My impression is that Thos. P. Slider
a: d James M. Orosson were editors
of the Newberry Sentinel. They failed
in business and the paper was susi.
ended; later, the same men started
:he Ris.'nj S', :i under.the firm name o?
"-"nc- <?- Cros-on.
I think no part of an anniversary
issue could be made' more interesting I
'lan a tulJ and ccirect account of the
y'.T*'"n?r vi-si* p*ss n ^cwherrv.
I enclose so::.e no-es of my recollec
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cions of Newberry in 1856.
In 1806 1 went from Laurens to Newberry
on Washington's birthday to help
nrint tho Ricintr Suri r;ip nilhlifiatin-n Of
which newspaper was commenced during
the firet week in March of 1S56.
It was owned and edited by Thos. P.
Slider and James M. Crosson, the
former being the capitalist. A few
years later Mr. Slider moved to At-!
lanta, Ga.( and died there. Lvir. Crosson
moved to Texas, where he soon became
a judge in one of the courts of that
state. Whether it was better to have
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judge in Texas I leave for others io
During 1856 I boarded in the home
of Col. James M. Crosson. one of the
editors of the Rising Sun, who had. on
occasion, a free and easy way of ex!
Dressing himself, and sometimes his
expressions bordered on to the suggestion
uf unutterable things. On one
occasion while at tne dining table. Mr.?.
Crcsscn, in my presence, delivered to
! him a lecture which I have regarded
i fcarefuliy for half a century of life as
i r>.,hiwhpj- and editor. In her protest
at the language of some of Col. 'Crosscn'i
editorials, or news items, among
other things, she said something like
"Profanity under certain provoking
circumstances might be pardoned o"r
excused, but there could be no provocation.
and there could be no excuse
I or aprdon for valgarity. In the heat
cf passion profanity gives relief and
therefore had some plea for excuse,
but vulgarity was deliberate and coldblooded,
and for which language no
excuse could be urged."
Whatever I might have done other- '
wise I do not know, but Mrs. Crosson's
lecture has ever been present in my
mind and has governed my work as
an editor and writer. During the fifty ;
years of my connection with the Press
and Banner, I never, knowingly, print- ,
ed in the paper, nor in a job, a single
word of vulgarity, and I never knowingly
published a word for the purpose i
of suggesting unutterable things. Mrs. j
Crosson was an adopted daughter of j
Judge John Belcon O'Neal 1 of New- j
berry, and a fine type of woman she j
was. She crossed the river from Texas,
but did not go to Mexico. She is no
no doubt now wearing a starry crown
in the city of pearly gates and golden
In 1S56, on Sunday while in Newberry,
I attended Sunday school and
rflisnnus ?^rvice in the A. R. P. church.
where I met a charming young woman,
and, surprising as it may seem to the
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