Our Common Country: Mutual Good Will in America

By Warren G. Harding; Warren G. Harding III | Go to book overview

VI

THE PRESS AND THE PUBLIC
A Message for Newspapermen

The passing years have wrought great changes in the newspaper business even in the comparatively short time since my adventurous entry upon it. The prolific inventors of printing machinery and other appliances have borne their share in it; the free rural delivery, the advance in education bringing new multitudes of readers, have all had their influence in the developments and evolutions which have followed. I can remember when in most of the county-seat towns the possession by one of the papers of a power-press, —even if the power was applied by a husky man attached to a cranked wheel, —was widely proclaimed as an evidence of astounding prosperity and recognized as a potential influence.

We have seen the type-setting machines come in—not to supplant the hand compositor, but to shift him to the “Ad. Alleys” and the job cases. They have taught the printers, as the mowers and reapers have taught the farmers, that increased capacity in production does not mean a lessening of a demand for labor, but on the contrary increased production, through increased efficiency, mental, manual or mechanical, opens new avenues for employment and brings luxuries into the class of common commodities.

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