The minutissimic editorial and mechanical staff of
The Regional Review sat down together this month at a small table
to decide whether to eat its cake or just have it. It was a dainty
papier mâché affair surmounted by a lonely but
somewhat substantial multilithic candle. Immature yet nonetheless
unashamed members of America's great Fourth Estate, the staff paused in
provident meditation and determined at last to save the cake for those
lean days when, sliced with a razor and doled discreetly, it might serve
as a welcome safeguard against the stalking heralds of famine.
Despite that hoarding of its provender, however,
The Review decided to leave its first birthday candle burning
with a hope that, notwithstanding the feeble wattage, it might light our
halting steps along the shadowy byways of another editorial year.
Whether derived from some horrendous glandular imbalance or from the
stream-lined pace of once-a-month performance, The Review does
not know; but it feels unquestionably the weight of its one year and can
only hope that it wears with jaunty grace and moderate good humor the
graying mantle of age.
It now enters its second year with a deep-seated
desire to be increasingly serviceable to its readers. It wishes to
remind them, too, that they most of all can help The Review along
its modest way by volunteering suggestions, criticisms and publishable
materials. The general character of the articles which are reproduced is
well known now to all who take interest in our monthly journal, and it
is emphasized here that contributions always are welcome. A few of them
received from time to time do not appear to embody information which, in
the opinion of The Review, would attract interest throughout the
entire region, but others have proved to be noteworthy additions to the
permanent record in widely separated fields. It is hoped that our
volunteer writers will walk hand-in-hand with us through the pages of
new numbers and new volumes.
A good many kindly birthday greetings have come to
The Review during the month, most of them from non-employees who,
upon reading the notice contained in the last issue, requested that
their names be retained on the mailing list. Like all who are young
enough to welcome anniversary congratulations, we are grateful for these
evidences of friendly interest in our unpretentious endeavors. Roundly
appreciated among the exhibits which this bulletin will keep under glass
in its own little museum of forgivable vanities is the graciously
phrased encouragement of the two-sentence letter received from Dr.
Douglas Southall Freeman, editor of The Richmond News Leader and
author of the monumental biography of Robert E. Lee. Said Dr.
"Observing the 'mail notice' on page 10 of your June
issue, may I respectfully ask that the undersigned be kept on the
mailing list for your admirable publication. I do not know a better
document of its kind and I congratulate you on it."