Dave Meskill: Crusaders’ Presidential Candidate
Realizing that the progressive Crusaders Group will play an important part in the coming election, this editor set out to interview their candidate for the UAPA Presidency, and gleaned the following facts:
David T. Meskill (better known as “Dave”) is a tall, broad-shouldered, likable fellow of around eighteen years of age. He is a senior at Roxbury Latin School, a semiprivate institute of high ranking, and enters college this Fall to study a course in either business administration or journalism.
Besides being proficient in his studies, Dave is an athlete of no mean ability. During the last football season he held down a regular berth on his school’s eleven, at right tackle, and was one of the main reasons why Roxbury Latin won a majority of its games in a tough schedule.
It was in 1929, through an interest in stamp-collecting, that Dave first became imbued with the amateur journalistic spirit. During the years of 1930 and 1931 he published a small paper called The Parkway Stamp News. Early in 1932 he joined the United Amateur Press Association, and has been one of our most active members ever since.
In April, 1932, Dave began to contribute to different journals, including the popular Boys’ Sports, and became editor of the latter in February, 1933. After a year in that capacity, he turned his energies toward editing the Magic Carpet. That magazine having failed financially, and having been taken over by Boy’s Chum, he became – and still is – a staff contributor to Bob Tuttle’s popular periodical.
Every United member has received copies of the Atlantic Amateur, which Dave has co-edited for a year with Mike Phelan. Though small, its contents are very interesting, and show the ability of its publishers.
If elected to the Presidency, Dave avers that he will abide by the Crusader platform, and that he will stress the enforcement of constitutional laws, especially as concerns the publication of papers by officers. He also believes that more activity, rather than increased membership, is necessary for the good of the association, and intends to sponsor a movement with such an end in view.
Altogether, it appears to this editor that David T. Meskill is just the king of President we need to reinoculate the United and place it head and shoulders above any rival organization.
Magical Mount Vernon
by William Haywood
The room is lighted by day when the morning sun slants down through the small-paned windows that are a third the size of the east wall. A flood of sunlight sparkles through the old glass, which distorts the view outside into peculiar forms. At night there is a log fire in the fireplace, and candles with glass chimneys are scattered about the room.
This is the room in which the master of the house likes to spend an evening; to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of his home. He sits back, in satisfied way, and with folded hands listens to Nelly Custis as she plays the piano. It is a small instrument, but a very fine one. He had it brought all the way from London for her, and it shines from the corner of the room, pure white, and studded with glittering metals. He takes pride, too, in the marble mantelpiece which was sent to him by a friend in London, and is beautifully carved and decorated. And often his gaze will rest upon the rug beneath him. It bears in the center the seal of the United States Government, done in rich colors. The French king presented it to him, and he is so fond of it that he hardly dares rest his feet upon it.
Here, with his family and friends gathered about him, he has spent many a delightful evening; and the room, hand-made from the natural wood by his own family, and tastefully furnished, has rung with laughter and music.
* * * *
This is an impression gathered from a room at the extreme eastern end of George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon, Virginia.
IN ALL the forty years of the United’s existence, Boston has never had the honor of entertaining a convention. In fact, the New York meeting will be the first one east of Chicago in a dozen years.
Secretary Noel has said that there are more UAPA members in the Eastern section. Is it fair that the West should have such an overwhelming majority of conventions?
Seattle, alone, has had no fewer than seven such gatherings – yet is trying to capture the next one as well! Dr. Noel says, “Seattle feels a personal ownership of the United.” Shall we allow one city to monopolize our nation-wide organization?
There are more than fifty members within easy reach of Boston. The New England Amateur Press Club guarantees a successful convention in that city.
Vote for Boston!
Edited by Francis W. Miller, Arlington, Mass.
Member U.A.P.A. and N.E.A.P.C.
Printed by Irwin O. Brandt, Greenville, Ohio.