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JAY H. MEFF HALL
IS DEDICATED AT
M. U. CONVOCATION
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and Instruction (or the farmer! dally
This change has corns to Journalism
In eTery field. Two (core rears ago,
the newspaper still waited for its Is
sues on parties and public men. Sam
uel J. Tilden, oMer men will remem
ber as the leader of the democracy of
reform In 187S. In 1875, when as Al
bany correspondent of the World I
suggested to him that newspaper men
might not give much space to a Gov
ernor's message taking up Free Trade,
he retorted: "Issues are not made by
newspapers; but by events, by men
and hy principles. Two years later
Disraeli became lord Beaconsfield
declared la the House of Lords, that
the world was governed not by the
many or by newspapers, but by "Sot
erelgns and by Statesmen,'"
Reforms the Tfeed of Tomorrow
The world has changed. The many
rule. The newspaper furnishes the
only universal reeding of the many.
The future U its own. A Missouri
Journalist. Joseph Pulitter, was the
first to break once and for all with
the part when newspapers wKea,e
-. . .tAh UipminJTHi to the
I jjp nsj eatress " , r - - r ' t
'.., nr ttamesV sad Barry leadi
era. when He oougni in now wt
World In 1SSJ. he named ten reforms
as the platform of his newspaper.
I remember well It seemed Incredible
that that this advance should come.
ninAm vttl eorndratlonB seemetl
all powerful apparently able to com
mand at will executive ana legiaiauve
action, sometimes Judicial. They
.. m h rorntated and taxed. Reg
ulated and taxed they haTe been, aril
service reform, the arasuc punisn
nnt of rorniDtion. the prohibition of
vote-buying by great funds, and the
coercion of employes in election, a
cumulative Income tax, probate taxes
on great fortunes. These we all ac
cept today. They seemed impossible
then, when Pulitxer flung this chal
lenge to a world supine under these
He had prepared himself for the
task. Arduous reading In addition to
all the labors of a Journalist Poli
tical economy and history first trench
ed upon his eyesight, which later he
was in Inn under the nervous ores-
sure constantly overworked and over
working. He had made a creed lor
himself, engendered of all other Influ
ences. All the power and weight of
a great newspaper, successful at ev
ery point with Its definite platform,
its editorials and Its business success
were directed tocarry these, things
fnf "tnr were. v -.
la' the constructive Journalism
of today. This is the "newspaper
man's new task." The newspaper no
longer waits on men or on parties.
This presidential campaign will be
won by the circulation of newspapers
and not by the circulation of money.
News Is standardized. No one news
paper in the war just over, conspicu
ously outstripped organized- news.
Local news of the lesser, routine or
der takes less space. World news,
nation news and the news of trade
and finance, all requiring the trained
expert, take more columns. The Sun
day newspaper becomes more and
more the platform of the Individual
newspaper man equal to the great
task of explaining news and Illumi
nating the future.
Must I'aderstaad Sews.
Penetration, the gift ot expression,
the unfailing Instinct alike for the
Interest and the interests not 'offline
trained man merely to know news
and to edit news, but to understand
news; to be able to unravel financial
riddles: to know where the facts can
be obtained r to appreciate' their in
fluence upon public opinion and to
guide public opinion into wise chan
nels by being wiser than the opinion
of the many.
For this great task no toil can be
changes are needed, that this or that
alteration la required, you will probe
the foundations of society, learn all
the facts, acauire expert knowledge of
kh mechanism-of society, see ita Tanks"
ana Know now wey can m remeawo.
All Is Hot ffe Wrkls.
This is not to be won by mere train
ing in the mere tricks of writing or
even in style and force. The besetting
'temptation ot the young newspaper
man is to believe that If he can once
write, all Id won. It Is necessary also
to hare something to say. Ton cannot
move and change society unless you
know the needs of society. Tou can
not know these needs except by pa
tient study ot subjects often deemed
dull. The shores of Journalism vare
strewn with the wrecks ot men who
trusted to mere dexterity. Tou-have
in this school a splendid curriculum,
beware how you leave it to take
tempting writing courses, dear to the
writer. You cannot acquire a creed
upon constructive work for society
without work on its foundations!
Newspapers are beginning to carry at
the masthead a creed for the city.
Nothing is more perilous than half-
few, but of the many, will be needed I jj mna for y problems of so-
more tnan ever oy constructive jour
nalism. It will not suffice for the
Seed for Kefona AH About Cs.
These problems are all about us.
In 1910 out of 20,000.000 families in the
United States. ,5O0,O0O lived in hous
es of their own. .We need to carry
J this, advance and. reform up to one
hundred per cent, even on the throng'
ed island of Manhattan where not one
family in twenty-five or thirty lives
in a house ot its own. A few cnang
es in the laws wouM make It possible
.only to make divorce diBcult but to
fmake wedlock happier, tea happy lor
any to seek to break from n.
Tbese are, tke posjsiWlHieB of oar
fBjHu. Tikis 3frtsitrwpet note
which soaads, Csa.freMtne battle
ments of the future. This la the chal
lenge of tomorrow to the Journalist
of today. ' For thla you haTe been
trained; tor this, this school was es
tablished, "to make better JournalWts;
to make better newspapers, to serve
the public better." May GodglTe you
the vision to see, the resolution to act,
the Industry to achieve, the devotion
to great principles and great ideals
which will make all labor easy, and
when old age hath thla generation
aoent. mar your eyes, look back to see
wrongs that are gone, look arouna youj
to see reforms that haTe come ana to
look to the future serene and unshak
en In a unlTerse orer 'which a, Just
Ood leada humanity to the better un
der the light ot a beneficent publicity.
JtfAST KEWSPAPEB MW
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TONIGHT and THURSDAY
"Mary Ellen Comes to Town"
She was tired of being the only "lire' one" In the Tillage, so
' she went to New York
Come and seewhat 'happens to the screen's 'greatest comed
ienne in her funniest picture.
Topics of the Day
FRIDAY and SATURDAY .
BERT LYTEL in "The Right of Way"
too arduous, no self sacrifice ( too or eTery city family to own their
great, no resolution too unbending Bamea on the new cooperative plan,
and no Just ambition too high. Tobe)We need to m open the door of
ready, for work like this, you 'of this education as freely at the door of col-
School of Journalism must see wun iege as jn the high school. We al
an even eye the news of today and the ' ready eee that the minimum wage is
vision of tomorrow. You must forge needed for those at the bottom. You
ob the anvil of your conscience with jy gee a graduated taxation on in
the hammer ot principle your, coaKlc,mes and. Inheritances not always
ception of the reforms which society: Ylsely used, to set limits to a max-
needa, and you must sedulously learn
how these can be achieved. Alt, your
work will give you opportunity. Thel 1Ist8 amj the mother and the child
report of an event needs to be told
without comment, but with clear, defi
nite knowledge of the effect of that
eTent upon the moving tides ot life.
Every news head is an opportunity ac
curately to teach men what the news
really stands for. what is important
in it and what is trivial and transi
tory. Every article on immediate is
sues, needs to be written, steered by
the landmark of the great reforms to
which you propose to dedicate your
lives and your work.
You who are before me will live
(mum wage at the top. You will see
great diseases driven from our death
protected from the hideous waste
which slays one chUd In eight before
it is Ave years old. It waa once two
children in four. It you study this
problem and use every opportunity
to make, its solution known, you will
see this proportion of one child In
elrhtdead at flvevdroD. as It could
and might, to one child in twenty-fivef
The world must become a great un
ion of states. Life must be opened on
equal terms to all and we must learn
that the discharge ot duties and obe
dience to law is to be secured not by
to every question. Oet both. Be
truthful. Oet the facta. Mis
takes are Inevitable but strive for
accuracy. I would rather haTe
one story exactly right than a
, hundred half wrong. Be. decent.
be fair; be generous. Boost, dont
knock. There's good in erery-
body. Bring out the good in ev
erybody and never needlessly hurt
the feelings of anybody. In re
porting a political gathering give
the facts; tell the story, as it is.
not as you would like to have it
Treat all parties alike. It there
is any politics to be played we
will play it In our editorial col
umns. Treat all religious matters
reverently. If It can possibly be
avoided never bring Ignominy to
an innocent man or child la tell
ing ot the misdeeds or misfortune -
' ot a relative. Dont wait to be
asked buttio it without the asking
and above all be clean and never
let a dirty word or suggestive story
get into type. I want this paper
so conducted that it can go into
any home without destroying the
Innocence" of any child.
I see little now In those words
addressed to my" assistants and to
. myself on the Marion Star that I
.woaui caange in my message to
nyfeuVand to all those men and
women everywhere who are espe
cially charged with Mtf sacred
duty to seek and tell the truth.
ranznlalated on the cood tortus i
that has come to It through thsjj
generosity of one of its graduwesAe
ward A. Nes. in providing the new J
'TTnlAaltlaTl MAin ssK -ri.
Mr. NetTs actios in providing 4
thla building 1 in itself a testi
mony to the value of the course''
'you and your associates are pro-
Tiding, in that Mr. Nell, having
himself tested that value, desires
to perpetuate the work of the J
school and make it available :
an Increasing number of students.-;
It Is. fitting that the memory ot J
Jay H. Neff. who in his lifetime'.
waa himself an eminent journal-,''
1st, should be honored through?
this memorial building.
From George Springaeld, preid
of the British Institute of Journalii
London, England, comes thla ezpri
sion of good wishes:
The president of the Institute (
Journalists sends hearty congrat
ulations and good wishes to theii
University of Missouri School of;
Journalism on the opening ot thai
Jay H. Neff Hall, dedicated to his j
alma mater by one Journalist as av
filial memorial of another.
Two Sinn Feiners Killed and
Othefs Wounded in the
Into the untrodden years that I shall penalties that make failure painful,
never see, and those who teach you but by changes that make duties hap-
will not see, but you will know those pier and more easily discharged. Even I
years, and If you enter upon the task in that most difficult of all problems I
before you, determined that certain' marriage our aim ought to be not J
John M. Imrie, manager of the Ca
nadian Daily Newspapers Association,
Toronto, Canada, sends this congratu
The School ot Journalism ot the
University of Missouri lsfto be
By United Press
BELFAST. Sept. 1 The riots of the
Unionists and the Sinn Feiners are
continuing. Sinn; Fein gunmen are
reported to have fired upon the Union
ist workmen in the shipyards. A
pitched battle resulted in which sold
iers were brought in to aid the Un
ionists. T"aey killed two and wound
CONCEALED GU3 CAUSES ARREST
South CareUaa Kan Held In Default
of $iee Bond.
Stanhope Bryant ot South Carolina
waa arrested last night charged with
carrying concealed weapons. He is
held at the police station in default ot
a 85,000 bond.
Bryant, with several other men, was
questioned by the police in regard to
the signs which werepainted on side
walka.in Columbia Monday night. The
police searclied him and are said to
have found-a revolver. Bryant said
that he was carrying a gun because
he feared a .negro.
Lee School EntoHaeat Friday.
Enrollment at the Lee School will
be held Friday morning instead ot to
morrow afternoon, aa waa erronooasly
stated in the Evening Mlaaoofian. yesterday.
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