William Allen White’s writing covered almost every subject affecting American life from the 1890s through the first half of the 20th century.
But perhaps the column that touched readers most was one he wrote May 17, 1921, after his 16-year-old daughter died:
"The Associated Press reports carrying the news of Mary White's death declared that it came as the result of a fall from a horse. How she would have hooted at that! She never fell from a horse in her life . . . She was proud of few things, and one of them was that she could ride anything that had four legs and hair."
The last hour of his daughter's life was typical, he wrote. She came home from school, changed clothes and hurried for a horse ride before night fell.
As she turned onto North Merchant Street in Emporia, she urged the horse into a lope and passed Emporians she knew well. She turned to wave with her bridle hand.
"The horse veered quickly, plunged into the parking the low-hanging limb faced her and while she still looked back waving, the blow came. But she did not fall from her horse; she slipped off, dazed a bit, staggered and fell in a faint. She never quite regained consciousness."
The column contained less than a thousand words but was one of his best known.
White, editor of the Emporia Gazette for nearly half a century, twice won the Pulitzer Prize, journalism's highest honor. Question: What was the other column that William Allen White wrote that won him a Pulitzer Prize?
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