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J, P. Reporter for News, in Press Work 50 Years Stricken at His Desk. JAMES P. HORNADAY. ac his for In say, ole City dis for after BY EVERETT C. WATKINS. Indianapolis Star Hamuli 189? National Frees Building, WASHINGTON, Dec. 24. James P, Hornaday "truly a gentleman of the press," is dead, A working reporter for more than half century, he died today at his desk as he prepared to write a newspaper article. He was dean of active Washington correspondents. For fortv-five years he had been a member of the editorial staff of the Indianapolis News. For thirty-four years he had been the chief of the Washington bureau of that newspaper. Slumps Over at vesK. Mr. Hornaday had just returned to his office in the Albee building after having walked from the White House when he slumped at his desk, apparently a victim of apoplexy. Mark Thistlethwaite, one of Mr. Horna-day's two assistants, rushed to his side as he gasped his last breath, at 12:25 o'clock. News of Mr. Hornaday's death i n LI I DU spread rapidly over Washington, r. nui HdUdJ icwueu DUUI causing sorrow among his colleagues of the press and the many public officials, including President Roose velt, who long had known him as a I beloved person and an inteligent, I faithful chronicler of national af fairs. He was 72 years old last 1 November. Mrs. Hornaday had gone on a I HORNADAY DIE IN CAPITA L VETERAN REPORTER DIES IN WASHINGTON 1st as Newspaper Worker and Sterling Man. built up by just such men as Jim Hornaday and it may not be amiss to add as my observance over many years has shown those men who re I i l ii I I I BY GAVIN L. PAYNE, James P. Hornadav was one of the Christmas shopping trip and it was fl t j k m JournaiiBm nma iimA hafnua aha m 1 1 H ha lr I cated to be told the sad news. The back in the golden days when youth family residence here is at 1327 Hem-1 was full of hopes and ambition an lock Street. I nntlnnlr an Hlffirpnt frnm now. Tn Burial to Be in Washington. I all the years since, I have never Mr. Hornaday came to his office at known a man who, in my oipnion, 9 o'clock this morning, as was his outranked him in the sterling quail custom, after he visited the State ties of manhood. He had the old n . .-j ., irv,if u. fashioned ideas that building charac- tw of the important places he "cov- e w" ,h,ghfest ZTl ered" on his daily beat. In his coat Me-the bauble of reputation hav nf pocket as he died were scribbled w u , notes-reminders of what he had in- to his line of duty, few men have attended to write. "New deal activ- tamed a higher reputation in Wash- m Tnirwoii NRt Hemian" ,pad ington correspondence. the topics on which he planned to ne scomea mcnerj. m wuia a writ. I a sacred token wnen ne passea it, The funeral will be held at 2 To the uninitiated, it seems a bit o'clock Thursday afternoon at the strange that men in public lite would Hines Undertaking Parlors at 2901 tell things in confidence to newspa- Fourteenth street with a Christian permen for isn't it me joo ot re-Science service. Burial will be in porters to put in print all they hear? the Washington Memorial Park Nevertheless, many things are told cemetery. I newspapermen in confidence to pre Besides the widow, survivors are nare them for a correct understand' three sons and a daughter. The chil- I jne of situations soon to arise. I dren are Miss Mary J. Hornaday, a have always found, over, long years member of the Washington staff of that a newspaperman was just as the Christian Science Monitor; Fred safe a repository of confidence as is. wornaaay, a member ot tne one's banker, and the banker Is sup-Washington staff of the American p0sed to be the highest type in that forestry Association; nutun noma- i line, day, financial editor of the Buffalo Helped to Build Tradition, rr,1 .ri" XlZ' Z: The tradition of th. profession was (agu in kj uoiui oo nil unat tiuuvtvi a i I Brothers, Sister Also' Survive. Two brothers and a sister also sur vive him. They are William D. Horn aday of Austin, Tex., professor of gpect confidences, year in and year journalism at Texas University; out, gather the most and the best Charles P. Hornadav of Seattle, stories Wash.: and Mrs. Mary Hadley of When in Washington, I always Plainneld, Ind. drop in to say "hello" to Jim. A Mrs. Hornaday, the widow. Is a year or so ago I happened into his sister of Fred I. Willis, secretary of office a few minutes before 10 the Scottish Rite at Indianapolis; o'clock in the morning. He had a Clyde Willis, newspaper publisher at telephone call to come up to the Waterloo, Ind. ; Raymond and Ed- White House a call from the Presi- ward Willis, newspaper publishers at dent. No man puts off the Presi- Angola, Ind., and Frank B. Willis, dent of the United States. So Jim South Bend. suggested I walk up to the White Mr. Hornaday was a charter mem- Hoime and we could chat a bit on ber of the National Press Club. He the wav. There were a half dozen had been a member of the Gridiron guards around the White House and i" 1 1 . . l ,nm 1 1 inn. J H I . viuu ainuB xvji aim in jw4 bbi vcu no tney pU( U8 under caretul scrutiny president of that organization. He as we approached. When they saw was a devout member of the Chris- , of tne men was Jim Hornaday uan science cnurcn. thpV smiled and an Uted. And Jim NewsDaoerman Flftv Years. leaving me, went right up the front He began hi. newspaper career In "r Ll'V" ML 1 ZZ the days when a telephone and a Bteps. I have been in the White typewriter were novelties In a news- House a number of times, but every- paper office. Strange enough he body na1 t0 K through the secre- worked for more than fifty years as tary's office in the west end. I a reporter without learning the use wondered if Jim hadn't won the love of a typewriter. He dictated all his of the President, as Jim won the articles or wrote them in long hand, love of everybody else he had ever He even spurned a typewriter. His met m his life. first work in Indianapolis was on the "Old Journal" at a time when there LAVDED BY HILTON V. BROWN. were few more than a dozen tele- Hilton U. Brown, secretary and phones in Indianapolis. He had . , , . ... . served an apprenticeship on the measurer ana cnairman 01 tne ooara Martinsville (Ind.) Republican, then of directors of the News, said of a weekly newspaper, for two years James P. Hornaday: wnen ne joineo. tne start or tne in- "James P. Hornadav was called dianapohs Journal in 188. He con- -jim' by all who met "him a second tinued on the Journal three years. bocoming an employe of the Indian- friendship without effusively inviting apolis News in 1889. ... He was serene and unassuming A ' . 1 - i , . I - c fl"cr aervico na rruunrr. SIHte on1 h a oar rr. nnrf humor. nlh' political writer and city editor, the immprfiati.lv annpalort o .-. .n. Indianapolis News sent him to quaintnce. He illustrated that de-Washington, in 1901 tO become itS ,.r.Hr.ili, rf nnrn fr-rr, .hp correaponaeni. iiuis i-uaiow, now fundalion for a. eood newanaiv-r m mamha th. t-- I . " ' ' . man. He had no Personal enemies tatives, had preceded Mr. Hornaday here by a few months as Washing- but those who were in opposition to policies which he advocated, re' ton correspondent of the old Indian- Jpected his views and recognized his good faith. apolis Sentinel. Born in Castleton. Born, Nov. 7, 1863, at Castleton Kept Attachment For State, "His friends and acquaintances In- Ind.. Mr. Hornaday had taught cIuding Pregiden,9 and enators, and couniry scnooi in i-ienancKs coun ty, Indiana, for two years before be ing attracted to newspaper work. He had attended school at the Central Normal at Danville and the old Cen tral Academy at Plainfield, Ind. the multitude of other news sources with which for years he was in daily contact, gave him their confidence and it was never violated. He was a true Hoosier, and though living in w '". . , Washington for much more than a atisniT uucicaijiiK CVCIUB UUinift , J,U..- K fnlLra horlr hnnm j i , . i aiiaiiiiiir-iii. ii mo 7a v. "B7"PB.Per career, out nevnr A. s new.pnperm)lrl he honored did he indulge In reminiscence. Ho tVl. nrn,mi' h'v hplntr .,. . , was sensitive about discussing the . . . r ., . ... ui , , . , , , . i iiikiiud. iiirain. jio -..01110 iv pan, ne appuea nis taienis to rur- w.hpn j wgg cjt edu nd wheth(.r rent events, more Interested in what I t hom. or ,n'the ,ar(r(,r drc,M at 'J''1 ,,u ruJ"y.. "1", lJ.ll r u the nation s capital, served the pub- ?, y' "eJna ,uen"ea D,' n j ePuu" lie with a faith and apacity that ...p.. u iiuu.ibi v....- w(re thB admiration of all his con veniiona .or ony years. tea. a temporaries. His life leave,, no scars, ...uH"n'T .u -uT . , I: but throughout 'graced this latter iin linn v ii iiennnu uio iliKiit I ...iiu -i,i. Jlci " Wlh htl l .hl- n..h. D ' i il. : t , lie leai oi me nrsi airpinne pur-1 n . . ... chased by the United States army. ferU IOUlh IS Wounded Day after day he had gone to "ear- tyi Snrnrised in Store by Fort Myer to witness the demon- OUrpriSea in OlOTS stration. Finally, after several rail-1 Spec0 j0 Jh Indianapolis Star.) ures, tne airplane carrying una oi i - . 0, . nj j .h. iht kLihnr. Af frnm . PERU, Ind., Dec. 24.-A second de the army reservation and before Rree burglary charge was filed in Mr. Hornaday's eyes gave a success- Miami Circuit Court today against ful demonstration. He once went to George Klmsey, 19-year-old Peru Martinique to "cover" the eruption youth who was wounded "lightly of Mt Pelee when shot by police who found him in a oowniown cigar aiuic. Known ny I rresioents, Mr. Hornaday had known eight Presidents, beginning with Presi- Mr. Hornaday, when a city emior at dent Harrison. President Theodore Indianapolis, gave mm nis nrsi era- Roosevelt was In the White House pioymeni in newspaper woi when he came to Washington. Mre Many Condolences Becelved. ' rvedathyee flft eTh Zniver.ar o'f hi. Mrs. Hornaday ha. received tele entrance into newspaper work. Pres- grams of condolence from many ident Farnklin D. Roosevelt took no- friends in Indiana and throughout ties of the occasion. At a White the country. President Roosevelt, House press conference President Representative Ludlow and Senator Roosevelt, shaking Mr. Hornaday's VanNuys were among the first to hand, addressed him as "truly a send messages of sorrow, gentleman of the press." Mr. Horn- On his desk when he died was a aday, true enough, was ever the note, penciled on the back of an en-gentleman, a newspaper worker velope, from the Negro woman who whose conscience wss ever a ulde. works as a chairwoman in the Albee Thomas R. Shini.. nationally building, that read: "Wishing you a known publicity counsel who has of- merry Christmas and a happy New flees in the same building here where I Yesr. Mr. Hornaday. from the Mr. Hornaday worked, recalled that I Maid. 4

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  2. 25 Dec 1935, Wed,
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