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"The Red Man"


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Today's (or should that be to-day's) post is a New-York Times article from 1865, back when the newspaper and the city still had a hyphen. From it we can see why correspondents are called that (articles were long letters dispatched from the field, sent by post or transmitted by telegraph), and also the significance of the dateline -- the piece was published almost a month after it was written, probably because it took four weeks to make its way through the mails from Salt Lake City.

The subject matter -- conflict with the "red man" and gruesome depredations by "Aboriginees" in the Utah Territory -- is presented without any input from the other side, and related in terms that wouldn't exactly be considered P.C. today, but nevertheless paint a vivid picture of life, and death, on the Western frontier.

 

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