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March 21, 1891

Shall The Journal be Removed to Washington?

JAMA. 1891;XVI(12):431. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410640032032

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To the Editor:  —It would seem from the number of opposing voices that the proposition to remove The Journal from Chicago to Washington is overwhelmingly snowed under. This, however, does not prove that the minority who favor the change is in the wrong. Between the lines of all these staunch advocates of Chicago a strong sectional bias is plainly visible. Whenever sectional prejudices are permitted to rule, then all hope of a judicial frame of mind is gone.The geographical or population argument, which has been so strongly emphasized by nearly all who oppose the change, really has no place in this question.The question is not a commercial or a financial one, much less is it a question of noses. All these would have great weight were a bank, a manufacturing or a pork-packing establishment to be located, but in the selection of a suitable place for publishing a

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