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No wonder the story from Caminica about the Cossacks made it into print; it could be snipped right out of another publication. No wonder Campbell was eager to accept the preposterous claims about that magnificent cure-all medicament; it served as a filler for both his cash drawer and his columns. The former was a concern for all printers in the eighteenth century. None of them made much of a living until Benjamin Franklin came along, and even then, the prosperous newspaper was the exception rather than the rule.
So much for the mention. And so much for memorable occur- The End of the Beginning | rents of divine providence or stories that would assist the colonists in their businesses and negotiations. ’” Harris also informed his readers that some Mohawk Indians—“miserable Salvages [sic],” he called them—had tortured and murdered the white men they took prisoner during a border war between the colonies and Canada. Of course, as we learn from further reading, there had been some provocation. ” Harris was just getting revved up.
Here, too, he had to worry about supply. Yes, he could lift some news from other papers. Yes, he could interview ship captains returning from voyages and soldiers returning from battle and travelers returning from journeys. And yes, he could ask people to read him their mail from distant shores or colonies. In fact, the American Weekly Mercury did so in print. ” But most of the time the printer had to locate the news himself. He had no reporters to assist him. There was no such thing as an editorial staff.