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THE CHARLOTTE NEWS
 

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W. C. Dowd, Jr., President
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J. E. Dowd, Editor
W. C. Dowd, 1865 -1927
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As you read, bear in mind the obvious--that the War and the dreadful Thirties and first half of the Forties are long over and nothing herein is meant to disparage any modern civilized nation, state, town, or peoples, but lest we forget...

As the Bard said in The Tempest,

"We were all sea-swallow'd, though some cast again,
And by that destiny to perform an act
Whereof what's past is prologue, what to come
In yours and my discharge."



SPECIAL SERIES OF ARTICLES

HISTORY OF THE CHARLOTTE NEWS - December 11, 1948
Five articles by Tim Pridgen, Tom Fesperman, Cameron Shipp, and Burke Davis written for the 60th anniversary edition of The News, with anecdotal recollections on W.J. Cash

THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF THE NEWS - November 15, 1938
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Articles by Tim Pridgen, J.E. Dowd, Cameron Shipp, and W.J. Cash on the history of the News, its editors, the looking glass future to 1988, and the prism past to 1888

EDITORIALS ON MEXICO CITY - April 18-23, 1941
Five articles by Washington syndicated columnist Raymond Clapper appearing in the News.

WHAT AMERICA THINKS, 1941
Ten W.J. Cash Charlotte News editorials appearing in nationally distributed 1500 page book of editorials from all over the United States, covering 1938-1940



THE EARLY COLUMNS - 1928

THE CHARLOTTE NEWS
W.J. Cash, Assistant Editor - Spring, 1928

THE MOVING ROW - March 4, 1928 - "I Propose A Lodge"
THE MOVING ROW - March 11, 1928 - "I Am Against Companionate Marriage"
THE MOVING ROW - March 18, 1928 - "Who Nurtures War?"
THE MOVING ROW - March 25, 1928 - "What Constitutes Decency?"
THE MOVING ROW - April 8, 1928 - "On a morning..." - Remembrance...

THE CLEVELAND PRESS
W.J. Cash, Managing Editor, Shelby, N.C. - Fall, 1928

(Editorials added April, 2001)

 CLEVELAND PRESS - 9/20/'28 - Write we/you will; Independence; Library; Immigration; Election
 CLEVELAND PRESS - 9/28/'28 - Fair Days; Immigration; Hoover no sot; Government is servant
 CLEVELAND PRESS - 10/2/'28 - "Pray, let us triumph"; Editorial bias?; America praised; Hoover
 CLEVELAND PRESS - 10/5/'28 - Heroism; Oath chimera; Unbigot Bigots; F.D.R.; H.M.S. Snicker
 CLEVELAND PRESS - 10/9/'28 - Prohibition and plutocracy; N.C. Bigots?; Why he is for Hoover
 CLEVELAND PRESS - 10/12/'28 - Execution, Romans; Medicinal; Hoover myth; Of Patriotism
 CLEVELAND PRESS - 10/16/'28 - Solid South?; Simmons and dragons; Hoover and the wor-u-l-d
 CLEVELAND PRESS - 10/19/'28 - Smith no lout; Lead Zeppelin; DAR Blacklist; KKK zeno.-Why?
 CLEVELAND PRESS - 10/23/'28 - Spirit, not force
 CLEVELAND PRESS - 10/26/'28 - Herb-pluto.; Wets paid by Demo?; Dumb to quash atheist; Herb's religion no issue
 CLEVELAND PRESS - 10/30/'28 - Immigration; Hoover and Oil; Too many laws; Preachers, politics/Wither Smith?
 CLEVELAND PRESS - 11/2/'28 - Herb: Liberia for tires, unfit; Prosperity? No; Fine judge; Source-Simmons or Ku?
 CLEVELAND PRESS - 11/6/'28 - Football; Pols-church, chick-egg; Versailles mire; To Be: Lib. Dem., Cons. Rep.
 CLEVELAND PRESS - 11/9/'28 - Smith leaves smiling; Simmons; Klucks, explain; Liberal cause shall live
 CLEVELAND PRESS - 11/13/'28 - Holly-Kiss; Simmons snickersnee; Catholic lament; Russia; Prohib. not settled
 CLEVELAND PRESS - 11/16/'28 - Library; Autumn; Hoover trip; Women, no to Smith; Demos. ok


CHARLOTTE NEWS EDITORIALS - 1935-1941
W. J. Cash, Associate Editor (1937-41)

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All editorials for 1935 through October, 1937 were added July, 2001; 130 scattered unmarked editorials from November, 1937 through May, 1941 were added in December, 1998, the only editorials which bear no date for their addition to the site; July, 1940, added July-August, 2001; miscellaneous Sunday editorials from December, 1937 through December, 1939 added July, 2001; September, 1939, May-June, 1940, added Feb., 2002; March, 1938, October, 1939 and October, 1940, added January, 2003; January, 1941, added Jan-Feb., 2003; February, 1941, added Feb., 2003; December, 1940, added December, 2003; November, 1940, added June-July, 2004; August, 1940, added August-Sept. 2004; March, 1941, added Feb.-April, 2005, Apr.-May, 2007; May, June, July, August, 1939, added May-August, 2005, September, October, November, December, 1938, added Sept.-Dec., 2005; January, February, March, April, 1939, added January-April, 2006; April, May, June, July, Aug., 1938, added Apr.-Oct., 2006, Dec., 1939, added Dec.-Jan., 2006-07, Jan., 1940, Feb., 1940, and Apr., 1940, added Jan.-Oct., 2007; Oct., 1937 (prior to Cash's joining staff), added Oct., 2007; Nov., and Dec., 1937, added Nov.-Dec., 2007; Jan. and Feb., 1938, added Jan.-Feb., 2008; Mar., 1940, added March, 2008; Apr., May, 1941, added April-May, 2008.

Post-Cash editorials for June, July, Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., and Dec., 1941, added June-Dec., 2008.

1942 front pages and editorial pages were added daily in 2009; 1943 front pages and editorial pages were added daily in 2010; 1944 front pages and editorial pages were added daily in 2011; 1945 front pages and editorial pages were added daily in 2012; 1946 front pages and editorial pages were added daily in 2013; 1947 front pages and editorial pages were added daily in 2014; 1948 front pages and editorial pages were added daily in 2015; 1949 front pages and editorial pages were added daily in 2016; 1950 front pages and editorial pages are being added daily in 2017.

Still left to be added among Cash editorials are: Nov., 1939 and the last week of Sept., 1940 and some scattered editorials, primarily in March, 1938.

Stuart Rabb became Associate Editor after Cash resigned at the end of May, 1941 and continued in that capacity for a year at which point, at the end of May, 1942, Burke Davis became Associate Editor. At the end of December, 1942, Editor J. E. Dowd enlisted in the Navy and turned over the editorial reins of the newspaper to Burke Davis until August 18, 1944, at which point Mr. Davis resumed his position as Associate Editor.

On October 6, 1945, Harry Ashmore became Associate Editor, and Burke Davis, eventually to join The Baltimore Evening Sun, became special assignments writer. In 1958, Mr. Ashmore won a Pulitzer Prize as Editor of The Little Rock Gazette, for his editorials and leadership regarding the Little Rock, Ark., school integration crisis of September, 1957.

On January 9, 1947, The News was sold by the Dowds to a group of investors, including W. C. Dowd, Jr. and J. E. Dowd. Thomas L. Robinson became Publisher, J. E. Dowd became General Manager, and Harry Ashmore remained as Associate Editor until April 16, 1947. Mr. Ashmore at that time became Editor of the newspaper, and then left The News on July 26, 1947 to become Associate Editor of The Little Rock Gazette. William M. Reddig, formerly of The Kansas City Star, then became Editor.

On March 5, 1948, Brodie Griffith, long-time Managing Editor of The News, was advanced to Executive Editor, listed in the latter role on the masthead for the first time. Pete McKnight, long a reporter for The News and friend to W. J. Cash during his tenure, became Managing Editor.

On August 23, 1948, Mr. Reddig's name disappeared from the masthead, albeit without comment on either the editorial page or the front page. He apparently remained, however, thereafter in his former position, as in the 60th Anniversary Edition, published December 11, 1948, he is mentioned as the most recent Editor.

On March 4, 1949, Pete McKnight became Editor, and Sports Editor Ray Howe became Managing Editor. Sportswriter Furman Bisher, who, a year later, would join The Atlanta Constitution for which he would write through age 90 in 2009, became Sports Editor.

On August 13, 1949, former Publisher W. C. Dowd, Jr., who originally hired W. J. Cash as Associate Editor, died of a heart attack at age 55.



*Where an editorial bears an asterisk, the editorial is of uncertain ascription to W.J. Cash. Except where otherwise indicated, however, it is highly probable, given the style and/or subject matter of the editorial, that it is by Cash.

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There are 5,669 unascribed Cash editorials presently online from November, 1935 through May, 1941. As of December, 2008, about 250 remain. We regularly endeavor, as time permits, to add more and will continue the process until it is complete--whenever that might be. We are also uploading in Adobe format the front page and editorial pages from June, 1941 through 1950. As of the end of 2016, the pages through 1949 are online.

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BOOK REVIEWS AND BOOK-PAGE EDITORIALS

1935-1941
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(Note that Cash's contributions to the Book-Page of The News were quite often broader editorials, having little or nothing to do with books per se or literature in general; it was here that he could write his by-lined editorials and expound more fully on a topic often started more cursorily in the regular editorial column of the paper.)


(*) = Articles added February, 1999 (**) = March, 1999 (A) = April, 1999
(M)
= May, 1999 (JY-'01) = July, 2001

  • DAWN FOR DICTATORS - 2/27/'38 (A) - Spengler true; cycle=barbarism - feudalism - civilization and then from complexities come dictators and barbarism
  • ON CAROLINA'S PAST - 5/8/'38 (A) - Paul Green right in saying N.C. has no literary past, but definitely has historic past; people varied widely
  • WHY WE ARE NOT HUMAN - 8/7/'38 (M) - Cram article on "real humans" enslaving the bestial masses pro bono publico must be comfortable philosophy for crammers
  • WAR BOOK DELUGE - 10/8/'39 (M) - Contemporaneous books will be bad; those on scene so far just Nazi and Communist propaganda from biased U.S. journalists


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