Herriman Saturday

June 19 1909 — How you react to the coverage of this news story depends on whether you’re a ‘glass half empty’ or ‘glass half full’ kinda person. ‘Half empty’ notes that Herriman makes light of mashers — what in today’s headlines might be called sexual predators — and that’s a shame. On the other hand, ‘half full’ notes that the newspaper, while making somewhat light of Mrs. Schmidt’s ‘pluckiness’, does come down on the right side and considers her to be brave, and the one in the right. That conclusion would not, I think, be an absolute given in 1909.

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