Serial Story By Shelby Author, With Local Characters, Will Soon Appear in the Globe --- The Story is Entitled
"The Cruise of the Sally Ann."
The Daily Globe, Shelby Ohio, Saturday, March 27, 1920
The Daily Globe takes considerable pride in being able to announce to Shelby people, and readers of the Daily Globe, that a serial story by a Shelby author will appear in the paper soon
The Daily Globe has secured first publishing rights, and while the story may appear later in book form, it will first be presented to the people of Shelby in the pages of the Daily Globe.
The story deals with Shelby life, features Shelby people and was written by Edward Edison Lee, advertising manager of the Auto call Company. Ma. Lee at different times has contributed a number of human interest articles for the Daily Globe and, having established friendly relations with the management, kindly consented to his story appearing in serial form in this paper.
The story is entitled "The Cruise of the Sally Ann." It is the story of four Shelby boys, "Scoop" O'Leary, "Peg" Saw, "Red" Myers and "Jerry" Morse. "Jerry" Morse is the only fictitious character --- the other three boys are well known to Shelby people, and it will be interesting to follow them through their adventures.
The story contains considerable humor and, of course, there is mystery and action and all those elements that go to make up a real story.
Ma. Lee has developed the faculty of writing interesting stuff about real people and many of the Jude Johnson articles that have appeared in the Daily Globe during the past few months are his work.
About two years ago Ma. Lee moved his family to Shelby, to take up the position of advertising manager of the Auto call Company, and his ability as a writer has enabled him to do some very excellent work in the way of advertising the Auto call. No better advertising appears in the magazines used by the Auto call Company than Auto call advertising, and the high quality of Auto call advertising has don a great deal towards establishing Shelby as a commercial center.
In speaking of his advertising work Ma. Lee stated: "I look upon each Auto call advertisement as a story --- and it IS a story in every sense of the word. I like to write advertising --- I like to plan advertising. I like to know that my advertising is helping to bring success to the proposition that I am associated with. I believe that Auto call advertising has had a large part in bringing about the fine volume of business that we are receiving, and I know that Auto call advertising will have a big part in marketing the new units that we are working on at the Auto call plant.
On the other hand, I like to write fiction --- it is a sort of recreation. I like to write stories about good people, because the good in people is more interesting than the bad.
"I like to write stories about real people --- and when I first came to Shelby I told Mrs. Lee that one day I intended to write a story about some of the interesting people I came in contact with. At that time I thought it would be a story about grown-up people. The story that I have actually written is distinctly a 'boy' story and deals with the three of my boy friends, whose friendship I prize highly.
"Of course, in the story I had to imagine some things to round out the plot --- for instance, as a matter of convenience, I located Shelby on the banks of a canal. I was raised in a little town in Illinois through which ran a canal. The clay scow mentioned in the story is in no sense imaginary. I have dived off the clay scow many times. We used to use the clay scow for Sunday school picnics.
"I hope Shelby people will like my story. I think I have picked out some pretty fine boys to write about --- I think they are real boys, all three of them --- and I hope those who read the story will feel the same way.
"And the fourth boy who has a part in the story! Well, I just imagined him. I guess is the kind of a boy I expect Eugene to be when he grows up. Eugene is the youngster who calls me dad and argues me into giving him money for tablets that I know no ordinary bout could possible use up."
This is not the first story Mr. Lee has written. He has had a number of stories published in vocational magazines. He wrote a series of six "boy" stories for the American Lumberman. At the present time he is considering an offer made him by "The Furniture Worker, Cincinnati, to write a series of six business stories. Also, the editor of The American Boy, Griffith Ogden Ellis, has taken an interest in his work and has asked him to submit something suitable for this magazine.
The Auto call management is mightily pleased to have in the organization a man of Ma. Lee's ability. Some of his associates have asked him how he finds time to do so much writing, and his only explanation is that he finds it "easy." He states that he would rather write a story about real people than go to a circus.