From the American Scene: Jewish Editor: Frontier Style
On Wednesday afternoons, when the stores in the small towns of Ontario are closed down and the businessmen come into Toronto on their buying trips, one is likely to find several out-of-town shopkeepers milling about the office of Mr. Joshua Simon, editor and publisher of the Canader Shtimme, or The Voice, as the name reads on the English page. The nature of their missions is varied: one of the pilgrims might be interviewing a combined rabbi-teacher-cantor-shochet-mohel on behalf of his tiny locality in Northern Ontario; another might be laboring away on the words of an advertisement seeking board and lodging with a congenial family for his young daughter who is arriving in the city to enter the University of Toronto; still another may be a widower biding his time for a chance to discuss with Mr. Simon the possibility of finding an older girl or a young widow who would consider marriage and settling in some remote community.
To see Mr. Simon is a very uncomplicated matter. One simply barges into his office. That’s how he likes it. And although this has a tendency to make his large office look like the lobby of some unruly convention, Mr. Simon moves through the milling throng with great effectiveness. He places his visitors in different parts of the room and flits from corner to corner, carrying on conversation in a kind of subdued mumble which insures a measure of privacy without stifling any of the genuine warmth of a personal discussion.
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