Evening Mail

In Brief

One among many newspapers mentioned in Ulysses, the Dublin Evening Mail was a daily distributed in the evening on buff-colored (brownish yellow) sheets, competing with the pink-colored Evening Telegraph, the Dublin Evening Standard, and the Evening Herald. Although this paper figures prominently in one of the stories of Dubliners, it is never mentioned in Ulysses. In Wandering Rocks, however, several men meet on the street outside "the Mail office" at 37-38 Parliament Street.

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§ The first issues of the Mail appeared in the early 1820s, and the paper quickly gained considerable popularity. In 1904, however, its circulation was much smaller than those of the Telegraph, the Freeman's Journal, and the Irish Times, all of which had gained national readerships. By this time the Mail had become a staunchly unionist paper. Its editors took conservative positions on issues like land reform during the last decades of the 19th century, and opposed Gladstone's negotiations with Parnell for Home Rule.

In "A Painful Case," Mr. Duffy sits in a restaurant eating corned beef and cabbage and staring at "a paragraph in the evening paper which he had propped against the water-carafe." After losing his appetite and walking off into the night, the narrative notices "the fringe of the buff Mail peeping out of a side-pocket of his tight reefer overcoast." At home in his bedroom, he takes the paper out of the pocket and reads the article again. The narrative reproduces the newspaper headline:

DEATH OF A LADY AT SYDNEY PARADE
A PAINFUL CASE

The extensive text that follows (566 words) seems to present the newspaper article nearly verbatim, anticipating Aelous in its willingness to incorporate the conventions of print journalism into a literary fiction.

Among other items of interest for 16 June 1904, the image of the first page of that day's Mail accompanying this note contains announcements of Mrs. Bandmann Palmer appearing in Leah at the Gaiety Theatre (upper left), and Eugene Stratton appearing at the Theatre Royal (immediately to the right). 

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Page 1 of the four-page Dublin Evening Mail of 16 June 1904. Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk.