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Die Waage History

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In 1844, Paul Follemins was invited to come to St. Louis and assume the editorial management of the Anzeiger des Westens, but the arrangement was not perfected, and Follemins established Die Waage (The Venture). It was conducted with ability and spirit, but those were not the times, and the slave-holding city of St. Louis certainly was not the place for a journal that indulged in Follemins' radical method of dealing with the question of slavery vs. abolition...Solidity of judgment, wit, penetration, penetration, and a good style characterized his writings, but they were unsuited either to the period or the place. He had few readers, and after issuing only three numbers he abandoned the publication, returned to his farm, and in October of that year succumbed to a fatal fever.
(From the History of St. Louis City and County by John Thomas Scharf, 1883).