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Wilde and Mahaffy; Wilde as Yellow Cat|
As well as your suggestion (which is a good one), the first passage might be more an expression of the writer's opinion than anything else. Note the earlier droll passage
M'Dermott, Mardshall of New Boonsville, United States, shot and killed A. B. Thorton, editor of the News, because the paper reflected on his official acts.