Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of the many facets of Fool Killer lore. FOR PART ONE, INCLUDING THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT IN THE 1850s, CLICK HERE
PART 56 – Some of the Fool Killer’s targets in the May of 1912 edition of James Larkin Pearson’s version:
*** Columnist Al Fairbrother, who wrote so many columns pandering to different groups of readers that he would often get caught having published hard-hitting editorials on both sides of a particular issue. The latest instance that irked Pearson and his Fool Killer was a pair of columns Fairbrother wrote, one bashing Theodore Roosevelt for thinking about running for president again and one praising him for it.
*** The Meat Trust, for, as usual “somehow” (wink) obtaining favorable court rulings okaying its dilution of beef products with unlabeled amounts of dog-meat and horse-meat.
*** The latest inane fashion fad: women’s hats with batteries in them to supply power to electric lights which decorated said hats.
*** The Taft Administration and other federal bodies responsible for trying every trick in the book to harass The Appeal To Reason, a Girard, KS newspaper which courageously took on Big Business and Wall Street. The paper was always being dragged into court over the slightest pretext with even the post office being used to harass it and its subscribers (like the way the Biden Administration is trying to wipe out dissenting opinions by tagging them as “domestic terrorism”).
Recently, the corporate media in the U.S. had even colluded on the lie that the Appeal was closing down and INVENTED QUOTES FROM STAFF MEMBERS CLAIMING IT WAS CLOSING DOWN. The actual staff and publisher stated the “quotes” were false, but, like today, centralized control of public information seriously hindered the Appeal‘s efforts to get the truth out to the public. As Pearson said, with a line that has even more meaning today with The Party controlling information, “If an editor can’t be allowed to tell the truth and express his honest opinions without being dragged into court over it, why don’t we cut out that old gag about this being a free country?”
Some of the Fool Killer’s pithier remarks this time around:
“You might as well try to pull an auger-hole out of a log as to undertake keeping the drotted millionaire grafters out of the Senate.” (He should see how bad is it today. Virtually every member of Congress – in BOTH the Senate and the House – becomes a millionaire no matter how little money they entered office with.)
“The preacher says the love of money is the root of all evil. And then he passes the hat.” (as in collection plate)
As I always say, it’s fascinating to read this old publication and its odd mix of viewpoints – even the ones you disagree with.
I WILL EXAMINE MORE FOOL KILLER LORE SOON. KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR UPDATES.
FOR MY LOOK AT JOE MAGARAC, THE STEEL MILL VERSION OF JOHN HENRY AND PAUL BUNYAN, CLICK HERE
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