The Case of the Missing Hornet

We often blog about interesting items we find in our collection, but recently an email request sent us looking for an intriguing item which we turned out not to have at all. Published in Davie County, NC, by W. Henry Davis in the early to mid twentieth century, The Hornet advertised itself as “The Hottest Paper For Free-Thinkers in America” and proclaimed “Ultimate Victory for all TRUTH is certain; Final Defeat of all Falsehood is Inevitable.” It turns out that the State Library of North Carolina, the State Archives, and Appalachian State University have issues for some years, but nobody has a complete run. We don’t have a single copy. If any of you have been saving The Hornet and are looking for a good home for your collection, let us know.

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