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News Butcher


Now this could be an interesting story in many ways, but, it is actually a story of a change in times.

A hundred years ago there were many more independent newspapers to be found. As a train traveled across the country, occasionally a news boy, or "butcher" sold papers walking through the train as it waited at a station. This was challenging and many a lad was caught in a story!

As a train pulled into a station, a lad, or sometimes many lads, rushed onto the train with an arm load of newspapers. Since they met every train, the boys knew just how much time they had. In the days before radio,...

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