Editor Rives Matthews Charges with Criminal Libel
St. Louis Daily Globe-Democrat
June 12, 1943
Editor Rives Matthews was charged in a warrant with criminal libel after he published articles in his Somerset News at Princess Anne, Md., accusing J. Millard Tawes, Maryland Comptroller, with violating the pleasure-driving ban by making a trip in a state-owned car to his son’s wedding in Georgia. Tawes has been exonerated of the pleasure-driving violation by a local board.
Matthews, son of Claude L. Matthews, vice
president of William Nisbet Matthews Corporation, 3722 Forest Park boulevard,
and nephew of William Nisbet Matthews, 710 South Price road, Ladue Village,
president of the firm, made news headlines in 1938 leading a campaign
in N. Y. against billboards along science highways paralleling the Hudson
River. He threatened to use nudists to picket the billboards during a
snowstorm. In the same year he was ousted as editor of the Hasting-on-Hudson
(N. Y.) News for offending residents with crusading stories and editorials.