Daily Charlotte Observer 1893 30 Apr 1893 "One of the most remarkable men, in my judgment," said John R. Morris, at the Central Hotel the other day, "that the State has ever produced, was Buck Hearne. He was reared in Pitt County and was a mill wright. When young he entered the army, and after the war blossomed out as an editor - at Wilson, Raleigh and Goldsboro. Nobody ever caught him reading a book, and yet he was full of knowledge of every kind. "While he was the editor of the daily paper at Goldsboro, I was a kid and devil in the printing office. He never wrote an editorial until the last minute and many a time I have had to go to his room, wake him up and ask him for his copy. He would call for his pad, prop himself up on his pillows, make me sit down, and as fast as he could run his hand across the paper would throw off his stuff. But every thought in it was prefectly digested and every sentence was fit to go into a book. "He was a wonderful writer, wonderful in his readiness and power. I have known him to get up in the middle of the afternoon, eat his dinner, then walk the pavement, up and down, in front of the hotel, pulling his moustache in that peculiar way of his, until night, and never speak to anybody. He was thinking then, and it was this thinking that enabled him to turn off those powerful editorials at a moment's notice - they were all thought out and there was nothing for him to do but to put them on paper. "He wouldn't work. He would go to the office late at night, turn off his editorial, read the proof of it, and run over the exchanges - he could suck any paper dry in two minutes and that was the end of it. He was an editorial writer - that was all. He had an infirmity" said Morris, "but I always bowed to his genius."
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