THE so-called "Era of Good Feeling" brought little of that tender quality to the politicians of Pittsburgh, and the newspapers, as usual, were in the thickest of the fray. In 1820 a journalistic observer wrote: "We have been somewhat amused of late with the triangular warfare" carried on between the Pittsburgh newspapers--the editors of these papers are all grand dignitaries of the empire--one is alderman, another prothonotary, and the third sheriff of Allegheny county. But we say nothing! When the big folks fall out--we little folks have nothing to do but look on." The three editors referred to were respectively John M. Snowden of the Mercury, Ephraim Pentland of the Statesman, and Morgan Neville of the Gazette. The last-named paper had been edited by John Scull, its founder, until 1818, when he retired and left the management to his son, John I. Scull, and to Morgan Neville, the son of Colonel Presley Neville. Young Scull soon resigned and Neville was sole editor, probably until 1824, when he removed to Cincinnati. In 1829 Neville B. Craig acquired the Gazette; it had always been the conservative organ of the community, but under him it became a veritable fugleman of political and moral propriety.
Neville B. Craig, who was the son of Major Isaac Craig and