THE GREAT SCOOP by Loring MacKay


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KIRKUS REVIEW a young journalist's story of Custer's last stand. The narrative which brings Jon Olson to Bismarck, is both brisk and serious as it delves into the politics and principles of the case. With some will power Jon leaves his Dakota prairie home convinced that the ""cutting edge"" of western progress lies in the city. And he is a fortunate boy. On the train he meets Colonel Lounsberry who owns the Bismarck Tribune and who invites Jon to go to work for him. Jon's life as a printer's helper and cub reporter is full; he hears about Bodie who runs guns to the Sioux, he is vastly impressed by Mark, a senior reporter, he makes friends with the Gunlachs and their daughter Louisa. When the Custer fiasco cooks up and boils over, Bodie's bullets have killed both Mark and Louisa's father but Jon has his story and new Louisa. Not a particularly deep probing of questions that must ultimately be raised in connection with the whole issue as symbolized in Custer, but a hearty hardworking look at early journalism.

Pub Date: April 20th, 1956
Publisher: Nelson