Ada Clare (whose given name was Jane McIlheny) was born in South Carolina.
The author criticizes those who write for "flash" newspapers because these writers print false and hurtful material to enhance their own pocketbooks and careers. This sort of writer is judged to be a disgrace to real journalists everywhere.
The "Scandal Mongers" article mentions that "an accomplished correspondent [Ada Clare] ... in another column ['Thoughts and Things'], speaks for herself" regarding a scandalous story about her that was "copied all over the country."
The article specifically mentions a "letter referring to Ada Clare and her friends" as a case "in which a scandalous story was trumped up in respect to an accomplished correspondent of this paper..."
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