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How the News Came to Racine.

November 11, 2009

The Times-Call extras, containing the great news of peace, was selling on the streets of Racine this morning four hours before any other newspaper appeared.  This probably set a record for a news beat, at least so far as time is concerned.

It has never been and never will be the policy of the Times-Call to fool the public with fake extra editions.

Everybody was of course intensely interested Sunday in the great question of whether peace would come or war continue.  The news did not break for the regular Sunday morning editions and all day the public waited for the decisive word to come.

The Times-Call kept its leased wire open from seven o’clock in the morning until two o’clock Monday morning.

All morning important news kept coming in over the wire of revolutionary events in Germany and other important war news and the Times-Call felt that the public would wish to hear of these great and important events.

A noon edition was therefore issued, filled with great news and it met with a very large demand.  It was on the street 20 minutes before its competitor and sold like hot cakes.

Preparation was then made for the “Peace Edition” of the Times-Call as news was expected every minute that the armistice had been signed.  But hour after hour passed until midnight had come and gone.  Then flashes were received that the great news would break soon and at 1:46 a. m., the telegraph began to tick out the story of the surrender of Germany.

At 2 o’clock the Times-Call was being sold on the streets, the first newspaper to give the glad tidings, four hours before any other newspaper appeared with the story of the signing of the armistice.

The early editions of the Chicago and Milwaukee newspapers did not contain the news of peace.  Later editions, appearing at 7:30, carried the story.

Again the Times-Call has demonstrated the superiority of its telegraphic service and its newspaper efficiency.

Those who have not gone through the strain of long hours of patient waiting for a great news story to break cannot appreciate what it means to the newspaper boys, from the telegraph editor to the telegraph operator and right down to the compositors and pressmen who stand by to give the news first to the public.

Racine Times-Call, 11/11/1918.  From  Original image here.

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