Today in Texas History – January 12

From the Annals of Print Journalism –   In 1886, editor Simeon Newman published the last edition of the El Paso Lone Star.  Newman had learned the trade in Las Vegas, NM.  After teaching school for several years, Newman signed on in 1871 as an apprentice newspaperman for the Las Vegas Weekly Mail. A quick learner apparently, he bought the paper six weeks later.  The Weekly Mail regularly attacked the “Santa Fe Ring” for corruption.  After a ten year fight, Newman was enticed to move his paper to  El Paso and renamed it the Lone Star.  Newman continued his crusading ways in El Paso.  A staunch, Methodist, Democrat and reformer, Newman  chose “Hew to the line, let the chips fall where they may” as the Lone Star’s motto.  He attacked gamblers, saloon keepers, gunmen, and the criminal element, but also directed his diatribes at anyone he believed guilty of corruption.  This approach left Newman with few friends or supporters.  He was ultimately forced to close the Lone Star.

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