SUMMARY From Edison films "war extra" catalog: Shows a phase of the war excitement as it affects newpaper men at Key West, Florida. About a dozen war correspondents of the different New York papers are running up the street in a bunch to get to the cable office to get copy of cablegrams to be in turn transmitted to their different papers. They rush directly toward the audience, turn a corner in the immediate foreground and disappear down a side street. A good-natured struggle occurs here, to see who will make the turn first. Curious natives watch the unusual scene. A horse and carriage follow at a seemingly slow pace, showing by comparison what a rapid head-on foot race has been witnessed. 50 feet. NOTES Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 21Apr1898; 25320. Original main title lacking. Camera, William Paley. Appearing: Karl C. Decker, correspondent for the New York Journal (in the carriage). Materials listed originate from the print chosen best copy for digitization; for other holdings on this title, contact M/B/RS reference staff. Edison code name (for telegraphic orders): Umnetzen. Filmed ca. March or April 1898 in Key West, Florida. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; Edison films "war extra" catalog, May 10, 1898, p. 5 [MI]. SUBJECTS War correspondents--Florida--Key West. Spanish-American War, 1898--Journalists. Spanish-American War, 1898--Press coverage. Reporters and reporting. Telegraph--Florida--Key West. Newspapers--Competitions. Running races--Florida--Key West. Key West (Fla.) Actualities (Motion pictures) Short films. Silent films. Nonfiction films. RELATED NAMES Paley, William Daly, 1857-1924, camera. Decker, Karl C., cast. Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) CALL NUMBER FLA 4231 (ref print) FRA 1389 (dupe neg) LC 1217 (paper pos) DIGITAL ID sawmp 1217 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/sawmp.1217
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