I’ve never seen this format used in the Caddo papers before. I know it was popular in school newspapers and gossip columns, but it seems a bit risky to print some of these items. Of course the editor, J. Y. Schenck, was never one to shy away from risk. He was known for his outspoken views and I’ve often wondered how many people cancelled their newspaper subscription or just threw eggs at the office. The situation grew more serious over the years, especially when he spoke out strongly regarding politics, and in 1913, while editor of the Sulphur Democrat, he was shot and killed by an angry reader.
The Caddo Banner
February 23, 1894
Does a certain young lady go to Mr. Ainsworth’s store so often?
Did Rev. F. E. Shanks pinch a young lady’s nose with the curling tongs?
Does Charley Manning visit Boggy so often?
Does Miss Josie go to the post office so often?
Didn’t some of the temperance boys keep their pledge when they went to Denison? (big saloon there)
Don’t old Bill Day leave town?
Did W. P. Booker look so sad Sunday night?
Is Miss Jessie C. casting “goat” eyes at a certain young doctor?
Was Miss Alberta so anxious to attend church Sunday night?
Don’t Ira Smith want to go to Sherman any more?
Does Dr. Green eye a certain young lady every time she appears on the street?
Is Sam and Gregg so envious of each other?
Don’t Dr. G. “by” at some of the girls?
Does a certain M. D. run after the full bloods so much?
Don’t Ira turn out his mustache, as it will soon be baseball season?
Didn’t Dr. Green try to catch the “spirits” while blind-folded at the show? (visiting hypnotist)
Didn’t Ed Adams keep his promise to Sheriff Turnbull?
Did it change a certain young lady’s walk and voice to visit Miss _? (name is omitted in paper)
Did a young lady look so cheap when her escort gave the temperance members to understand that he was going to marry a Texas lady in a few days?
Does Miss A enjoy walking by the R. R. Hotel so often?
Wasn’t Christian’s Caddo girl at the reception?