From the Skidmore Standard, December 21, 1900, page 1:
It looks funny – and sounds funnier – to see a girl who has been away from home a week or ten days – or perhaps longer – get off the train and kiss the eight or ten friends – girl friends, of course – who have congregated there to meet her.
The Standard shared its copy with a number of other area newspapers, and from time to time, one paper would comment on another paper’s items, starting a paper-to-paper conversation that often ran across multiple editions. Such was the case in the January 4, 1901 edition of the Standard, which printed the following response to the above on its own page 8:
Under the caption, “Give Him a Chance,” The editor of the Ravenwood Gazette dips his pen in his ink well of benevolent kindness and endeavors to do us a genuine fraternal favor. He cannot act on his own advice because he became a husband not many moons ago and his wife who used to wield the birch would surely assert her rights.
Under the circumstances, we sincerely thank Bro. Smith; but since conductor Tom Clark says, when he holds his train while some of the dear girls meet or part, that that is a good way to catch diphtheria, and as it is a little out of our line, we will still continue to use the grip as the principal sign of our fraternal tendencies.
The Gazette item: — The Skidmore Standard says, “It looks funny – and sounds funnier – to see a girl who has been away from home a week or ten days – or perhaps longer – get off the train and kiss eight or ten friends – girl friends of course – who have congregated to meet her.” We are sorry that the deep and solemn signification of such ceremonies awaken thoughts of levity in a brother editor. We suggest that the Skidmore girls admit the Standard man to honorary membership on all reception committees, that he may become more fraternal.