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The Axe was a weekly newspaper published in Montreal by John H. Roberts (great-grandfather of present-day broadcaster Leslie Roberts.) The Axe was short-lived, running from 13 Jan. 1922 – 9 Sept. 1924. Susan Houston suggests that Roberts based The Axe, at least in part, on “Henry Labouchère’s late nineteenth-century London society tabloid, Truth.” Much of the journalism in The Axe was directed against Quebec’s Liberal premier Louis-Alexandre Taschereau. In particular, The Axe was active in claiming that Liberal politicians had been involved in the sensational rape and murder of Blanche Garneau in 1920. Refusing to name his sources, Roberts was imprisoned.
Issues of The Axe may be viewed on the site of the Bibliothèque et archives nationale du Québec (BAnQ). The front page images shown here are scans of copies obtained by Will Straw from an Ebay dealer and are posted to give a clearer sense than the BAnQ posts of the magazine’s appearance.
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