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100 years ago: On the Glory of being an Editor

By "Jim

When Mr. Joseph Allen Turner, the Adair County News correspondent for Big Elm (in Russell County, not far removed from the auld sod of Adair) got on a roll, it was an event worthy of notetaking and calendar marking.

Such was the case in the latter part of May, 1907. The News, edited by Charles S. Harris, had been thundering for quite some time about the need for better roads in Adair County, but the entreaties fell upon mostly deaf ears, the deafest in the lot being the collective ear of the Fiscal Court, that august body having failed a few weeks earlier yet again to appropriate monies for the cause.


It was at this point that Mr. Turner, pen nib trimmed to a fine point and tongue firmly planted in cheek, took up the banner and expounded upon the glories of being an Editor. Wrote he,

What are the specific results to which those exertions [of an Editor] lead? The computations are scarce within the capacity of a human intellect. The desert will bloom like the rose and new streams will start into being, as at the voice of omnipotence, bearing wealth and beauty upon their tide, ministering to the noble commerce of minds and our whole country as it were, be created anew, with greater powers and enlarged capacities.

From such sources is to spring a portion of fame of the Editor, not simply inscribed upon an obelisk, that may crumble away into common earth, but graven upon his country's plains, cut through her solid mountains and notched in her everlasting rocks, his name will live in glory and benison forever.


Compiled by "Jim."


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