Stuff that catches your eye around the edges of a microfilm viewer screen ....
There was a breed of early newspaper editors who believed that squeaky wheels attracted subscriptions. News stories need to be "beefed up." Confrontational editorials were targeted at local businesses, politicians, labor leaders, private citizens or even competing editors. A healthy dose of vitriolic rhetoric might sell papers; and consequences occasionally spilled out into the street as loud yelling-matches and an occasional fist-fight.
Uhhhhh ... Maybe not so serious.
The April 15 issue of the Journal doesn't say what the authorities thought about this "Ghastly" little squabble. I suspect they weren't amused.
I don't know much about the "tabernacle meetings" in Girard, other than that they were fairly frequent at the time. Also, the Girard Independent News appears to have closed in 1909. I was looking though St. Paul Journal articles, about another subject, and got a giggle from this.
Thoughts 'n Things
Some 'Thoughts' and short articles about past and present-day St. Paul and the Southern Kansas - 4 State Region.