"Personal and Pertinent" and "Wants Woman's Department," New York Age, 23 Feb. 1889

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"Personal and Pertinent" and "Wants Woman's Department," New York Age, 23 Feb. 1889


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Lewis, Lillian Alberta ( (pseudonym: Bert Islew), 1861-?
Mossell, Gertrude Emily Hicks Bustill, 1855-1848


This page from The New York Age contains a letter to the editor by a female reader who would like to see Getrude Mossell's column "Woman's Department" made a permanent feature of the newspaper. Under "Personal and Pertinent," readers find short snippets of social news, here including a reference to recent career changes of "society editor" Lillian A. Lewis (later reprinted in Cleveland Gazette).


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Miss Lillian A. Lewis, society editor of the Boston Advocate, has for several years been a private stenographer and secretary to the widely known Max Eliot of the Boston Herald. Her record for taking down copy verbatim is said to be amongst the highest in New England. Her position in the Herald office also calls for special articles and reportorial work which she does creditably."

"Wants a Woman’s Department.

To the Editor of The New York Age:
One reading last week’s Age, I was more than glad to see an article from that talented woman, Mrs. Mossell. After reading it and agreeing with all she said, I hastened to her residence to congratulate, or rather to let her know how glad I was to see that she had commenced writing again for your paper. I was truly disappointed when she informed me that she only wrote occasionally for your paper. I have faithfully read your paper for years – from the Globe to the Freeman and to The Age – and therefore think that I am entitled to a word in its columns. I beg to say that I wish that you would open the “Woman’s Department” in your columns again with Mrs. Mossell as regular correspondent. I believe that I but voice the sentiments of many of my sex when I make this request. If space permits will you kindly publish this so that we might hear from others on the same subject.

Mrs. L E. Kelly, Philadelphia, Feb 18.”


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