Chronicle Defends Local Merchant in 1901

(10/18/2001)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 4/23/1901.

Floyd Wilson, the Big Springs merchant, about whom the scandalous report was published in the Ritchie Standard, mention of which is made in another column, a few days ago went to Harrisville with blood in his eye.  He hunted up the Standard office, and the editor being at home sick, he proceeded to wallop the foreman in first class style.  While licking editors will never become very popular with the newspaper fraternity, there is no disputing the fact that the scandalous and libelous report in the Standard was wholly unwarranted and without the lightest foundation. The sympathies of our people are all with Mr. Wilson, and those who know him best say there is no more worthy or honorable citizen in the county.  It might be well for the Standard to look to the character of the citizens of its own county, before trying to besmirch the fair name of the citizens of this county.