Jerome Frame, good horseman and fine farmer, was here.
C.L. Offutt, a progressive farmer of Minnora, was here Monday,
and tickled the palm of our lean hand with some of the long green that seems so
plentiful over in the valley of the West Fork. He informed us that everything is
his neighborhood. He has bright prospects for a prosperous
year in farming. He recently purchased a fine work horse, and now has
three for which he paid over $600.
Mrs. John Pugh, who has been ill with pneumonia fever, is still
in a delicate condition.
“Jim” Doyle is here for a few days visit. He is working in the
Roane County oil fields. His well is shut down for 10-inch casing.
We have a letter from Sam McKee that states he is moving from
Washington state back home. His old friends on the West Fork will be glad to see
him, and no doubt Sam is thirsty for one more drink of water from that beautiful
W.W. Cunningham and wife, ex-Calhouners now of Garrett County,
Md., are visiting relatives and friends in these parts.
the editorial column and on the front pages of newspapers, and
from the speaker’s platform, we constantly hear about “freedom of the press.”
Newspaper editors and publishers are constantly seeking ways to
safeguard the “freedom of the press.” There is no reason for the search to be
prolonged or difficult, for this right is guaranteed under the Constitution of
the United States.
“Freedom of the press” is a right which carries certain definite
responsibilities with it. All that the newspapers of the nation have to do, to
protect and preserve this right, is to see to it that they vigorously perform
the duties that the public has a right to expect of a free press.
As long as the people of this country believe that the press, in
fact, is free, there is no danger whatever of the newspapers losing their
“freedom.” If the public ever becomes convinced that newspapers are deliberately
distorting the news, misrepresenting officials, or otherwise using their
journals for selfish purposes, there will be no need for them to clamor about a
The general public, disgusted with a sycophant press, will
applaud any step taken to curb unbridled license. A decent code of ethics, a
sense of responsibility and the evidence of a desire to serve the public well
will go towards preserving “freedom of the press.”