The Life of Horace Greeley, Editor of the New York Tribune

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course as Editor of the New York Tribune, were the distinguishing features of his character as a journeyman."

He remained in the office of Mr. Redfield till late in December, when the circumstance occurred which gave him his FIRST LIFT in the world. There is a tide, it is said, in the affairs of every man, once in his life, which taken at the flood leads on to fortune.

Horace Greeley's First Lift happened to take place in connection with an event of great, world-wide and lasting consequence; yet one which has never been narrated to the public. It shall, therefore, have in this work a short chapter to itself.


CHAPTER X.
THE FIRST PENNY PAPER--AND WHO THOUGHT OF IT.

Importance of the cheap daily press--The originator of the idea--History of the idea --Dr. Sheppard's Chatham-street cogitations--The Idea is conceived--It is born-- Interview with Horace Greeley--The Doctor thinks he is 'no common boy'--The schemer baffled--Daily papers twenty-five years ago--Dr. Sheppard comes to a resolution--The firm of Greeley and Story--The Morning Post appears--And fails --The sphere of the cheap press--Fanny Fern and the pea-nut merchant.

WHEN the Historian of the United States shall have completed the work that has occupied so many busy and anxious years, and, in the tranquil solitude of his study, he reviews the long series of events which he has narrated, the question may arise in his mind,--Which of the events that occurred during the first seventy years of the Republic is likely to exert the greatest and most lasting influence upon its future history? Surely, he will not pause long for a reply. For, there is one event, which stands out so prominently beyond and above all others, the consequences of which, to this country and all other countries, must be so immense, and, finally, so beneficial, that no other can be seriously placed in com petition with it. It was the establishment of the first penny daily paper in the city of New York in the year 1888. Its results, in this country, have already been wonderful indeed, and it is destined to

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