Frederick Greenwood (1830-1909)
From Literary Anecdotes About 19th Century Authors Born After 1829

FREDERICK Greenwood, editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, met in his club one day Lord Riddell, who died a few years ago, and in the course of conversation Riddell said to him,

`You know, I own a paper.'
`Oh, do you?' said Greenwood, `what is it?'
`It's called the News of the World—I'll send you a copy,' replied Riddell

And in due course did so. Next time they met Riddell said,

`Well Greenwood, what do you think of my paper?
`I looked at it,' replied Greenwood, `and then I put it in the waste-paper basket. And then I thought, "If I leave it there the cook may read it" —so I burned it!'

From J. W. Robertson Scott, The Story of the Pall Mall Gazette (1950), p. 417.

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