In February of 1783, an infuriated prisoner in Newport Jail furiously wrote in his diary his unmitigated contempt for that "Miserable impertinent Rascally Ignorant Mule headed puppy ... who put me to jail." In her article, "A Rhode Island Patriot in Newport Jail," Virginia Steele Wood assumes the role of a detective, sifting through scores of contemporary records to discover the identity of the unknown diarist and learn his fate.

Since the advent of photography in newspaper journalism, the Newport Daily News has kept the community apprized of progress, difficulties, and activities at the many Newport city schools through the use of pictures. In this issue of Newport History are thirteen photographs from the Newport Historical Society's recent exhibit, "Newport Schools in the News," selected by the exhibit's curator, M. Joan Youngken. They document the daily lives of teachers and students in Newport's schools from 1906 to 1965.