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Stead's career provides a way to understand these apparently contradictory drives, in which the creation of the archive provides the conditions for the new.
In July 1885 Stead served two months of a three-month sentence for abduction.
Stead's concern for rousing the public derived in part from a problem inherent in seriality.
Stead's reputation as a campaigning journalist was established before he joined the Pall Mall Gazette in 1880, but once he had taken over as editor in 1883 he was responsible for a string of sensational campaigns, many of which propelled him to international notice (see Mussell, "Characters").
For Stead, sensation was a way to grab the attention of readers, but scandal was the means to define a moment.
After leaving the Pall Mall Gazette, Stead was now editor, proprietor, and publisher but, if the newspaper editor was "the uncrowned king of an educated democracy" ("Government" 664), he was now exiled from newspaper journalism and adrift amongst the more leisured monthlies (Brake, "Who is 'We'?" 58).
It maintained its link with journalism: as Brake notes, its "technic" was "scissors and paste journalism," and Stead's methods included "information gathering, accurate transcription, and organization into the format of the journal" ("Stead Alone" 85, 82).
Adopting a common strategy, Stead aligned himself with his publications to take advantage of their continuity through time.
Stead used serial media to constitute the moment and so constitute a version of himself.
It consisted of verbatim transcripts of speeches, passages from which had appeared in the Pall Mall Gazette but not in full and subject to Stead's interpretation (see "The Bright Celebration" 14 and 15 June 1883).
As he was remanded in custody and as he was being led away Mr Stead rose from his seat in the public gallery and glared at Steel without speaking.
The community was plunged into mourning, and friends and relatives laid dozens of floral tributes at the scene of the accident ( only a few hundred yards from Mrs Stead's home in Forest Road.