All nine of the alleged “Molly Maguire” murders that dated from late 1874 to 1875 took place after Pinkerton operative James McParlan entered the region. McParlan’s subsequent trial testimony helped convict as “Mollies” numerous family men who had worked their way from the mines into various political offices, including constable, township supervisor, tax assessor, and school director. Many were Labor Reformers.
In the 1890s, Bennett moved the New York Herald from lower Manhattan Midtown. Architect Stanford White designed the new building that became the heart of Herald Square. Someone asked Bennett why he secured only a thirty-year lease for the new premises. The newsman replied: “‘Thirty years from now the Herald will be in Harlem, and I’ll be in hell!’”
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