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St. Louis Tribune History

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The first of quite a succession of Tribunes appeared July 11, 1838. The Whigs, wanting a campaign paper, sent for Frederick Kretschmar, a capable journalist, and promised him money and support for a journal in their interest. Neither money nor support, however, was forthcoming, and after the election, when publication of the paper ceased, Kretschmar was compelled to pay the bills. The Tribune was printed in German and English, and Kretschmar and his wife sat up night after night translating from one language to another.
(From the History of St. Louis City and County by John Thomas Scharf, 1883).