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Patrick Bernard Mulkern
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PAT MULKERN DEAD; FOUNDED HOBO NEWS

BETHESDA, Maryland, June 26, 1948, Pat Mulkern, founder and editor of The Hobo News, picturesque weekly published in New York, died at the Naval Hospital here today after an illness of four months.  He was born in Pittsburgh fifty-one years ago.  In World War I he served in the American Expeditionary Force.

Surviving are a brother, Michael Mulkern of Pittsburgh, and a half-brother, Thomas McDonough of Washington.  Burial will take place in Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday.

Starting from scratch ten years ago, Pat Mulkern ran the circulation of The Hobo News up to a peak of 123,000.  War-time paper restrictions brought the figure down to 80,000.  It was so largely a personal success, however, that when the editor became ill no one took his place and the paper ceased to appear.  The Hobo News has not been published since February 15.

The weekly, which was started in the basement of 44 West Seventeenth Street, was moved in 1942 to 105 West Fifty-Second Street, its final headquarters.  It was sold on newsstands and by twenty peddlers in this city, and by an equal number of peddlers in other large cities.

Big names appeared in The Hobo News from time to time.  Lord Halifax gave an interview to one of its reporters, and the interview with a large picture of the British Ambassador, appeared on the front page.  Pat Mulkern showed his appreciation by naming Lord Halifax “King of the Hoboes,” meaning that he did a lot of “travelin’ ‘round countries.”

Somerset Maugham supplied a 600-word article on how to write and Lauritz Melchior gave an interview on “advice to young singers.”


MULKERN, PATRICK BERNARD
PVT 13 AM TRAIN 13 DIV USA
DATE OF BIRTH: 01/23/1897
DATE OF DEATH: 06/26/1948
BURIED AT: SECTION 14  SITE 395
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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Posted: 9 January 2008