Source: Fourth Estate
Source type: journal
Document type: article
Document title: “Second Class Privilege Taken from Paterson Newspaper”
Date of publication: 4 April 1908
Volume number: none
Issue number: 736
|“Second Class Privilege Taken from Paterson Newspaper.” Fourth Estate 4 Apr. 1908 n736: p. 6.|
|La Questione Sociale; anarchism (newspapers, magazines, etc.); anarchism (Paterson, NJ); anarchism (government response).|
|Ludovico Caminita; Leon Czolgosz; Abraham L. Lawshe; William McKinley; George von Lengerke Meyer.|
Second Class Privilege Taken from Paterson Newspaper
The second-class mailing privilege of La Questione
Sociale, an Italian publication issued at Paterson, N. J., was annulled by the
Post Office Department. Ludovico Caminita, editor of the paper, appeared before
Third Assistant Postmaster-General Lawshe and admitted his responsibilities
for the articles which caused Postmaster-General Meyer to declare the publication
Translations made by the Post Office Department show that nearly every issue of the paper contained obscene and indecent matter, and were almost entirely devoted to inciting and defending violence, riot, arson, murder and assassination.
The deeds of violence committed by anarchists were commemorated in its columns and in extolling the work of Czolgosz, the assassin of President McKinley, the paper refers to him as “the hero of Buffalo.”
The post office officials held that some of the matter printed in the Paterson publication is too vile for reproduction in English. Ministers, senators, congressmen and others are attacked.
The second-class mailing privilege of the publication was revoked on the ground that it is not a newspaper or other periodical within the meaning of the law, and that it is not published for the dissemination of information of a public character, or devoted to literature, the arts, sciences or some special industry, as required by law. Other publications of like character will be proceeded against by the Post Office Department.