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Tales from Bohemia Robert Neilson Stephens

Tales from Bohemia

Robert Neilson Stephens

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ISBN : 9781500917074
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114 pages
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One crisp evening early in March, 1887, I climbed the three flights of rickety stairs to the fourth floor of the old Press building to begin work on the news desk. Important as the telegraph department was in making the newspaper, the desk was aMoreOne crisp evening early in March, 1887, I climbed the three flights of rickety stairs to the fourth floor of the old Press building to begin work on the news desk. Important as the telegraph department was in making the newspaper, the desk was a crude piece of carpentry. My companions of the blue pencil irreverently termed it the shelf. This was my second night in the novel dignity of editorship. Though my rank was the humblest, I appreciated the importance of a first step from the street. An older man, the senior on the news desk, had preceded me. He was engaged in a bantering conversation with a youth who lolled at such ease as a well-worn, cane-bottomed screw-chair afforded. The older man made an informal introduction, and I learned that the youth with pale face and serene smile was Mr. Stephens, private secretary to the managing editor. That information scarcely impressed me any more than it would now after more than twenty years experience of managing editors and their private secretaries.