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Newspaper Issues Correction for Error in 1852 Article

In the September 11, 1852 issue of the New Jersey Herald, an article claimed that a bear attack killed a child. The reader would be left to believe that the bear attack had occured in New Jersey. But the editors had simply lifted and republished an article from an Arkansas paper, which is where the attack took place. When this came to the attention of editors working for the newspaper now, they added a correction to the original article:

Herald Executive Editor Bruce Tomlinson said a reader pointed out the error when the newspaper re-published the story this week. The newspaper then discovered that the original story was first published in Little Rock, Arkansas.

"Boy killed and eaten by a bear!" reads the report from Sept. 11, 1852.

It says that the boy was killed by an "enormous bear" and that "a large portion of the body of the unfortunate youth had been devoured by the savage animal."

Although Neatorama is not a journalistic enterprise, you can be sure that if, in 2176, we discover an error in an article that we published, we shall correct it. I suspect that Miss Cellania, our editor, would resolve that problem personally.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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