November 25, 1912 Former Friend Objects to His Enthusiasm for the Colonel
Special to the New York Times
Memphis, Tenn, Nov. 25. Gilbert E. Raine, editor and publisher of the Memphis- News Scimitar, was beaten with a cane in the hands of Rees Lee, Superintendent of the Lee Line of Mississippi River packets, this afternoon in front of his office. Friends of the editor say the attack was made from behind.
The men had formerly been friends, but quarreled yesterday when Mr. Lee took the editor to task for supporting Col. Roosevelt in the recent campaign and for announcing after the defeat of Roosevelt that he would soon offer his paper for sale at public auction.
A fistic encounter was narrowly averted yesterday and to-day the fight went on until bystanders interfered and picked the editor up from the pavement to which he had been felled. Lee has not been arrested.
According to my grandmother, my grandfather suffered blows which bloodied him during this encounter. This part of the event was neglected by the New York Times which may have been favorably inclinded toward the progressive Col. Roosevelt and his supporters.