Some Things Never Change

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On the eve of Wilde's lecture in Fort Wayne, IN, the daily newspapers reflected the anticipation.

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In this example the City News section of the Fort Wayne Daily Gazette (opposite) Oscar is mentioned in its first and last items.

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Sandwiched in between are various news items that remind us that not much has changed since Oscar's time. Policemen were still arresting drunks; young men were still eager to marry, and little boys still found themselves into trouble with mama. Oh, and thankfully the sun rose and set every day.

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Perhaps a discordant note was struck, however, with the news that in those days all the trains were on time.

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© John Cooper

Fort Wayne Daily Gazette February 15th, 1882

Fort Wayne Daily Gazette February 15th, 1882

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