Phyllis Thaxter guest-stars as widowed newspaper publisher Ruth Manning, yet another old friend of Ben Cartwright. Ben comes to Ruth's assistance when her newspaper is targeted for extinction by ruthless town boss Judge Seth Tabor (Simon Oakland). Featured in the cast are William Jordan as Leek, Hamilton Camp as Dobbs, Philip Kennealy as Sheriff Knox, Ken Mayer as North, Connie Sawyer as Mrs. Lewis, James Jeter as Cotton, Arthur Peterson as Dr. Adams, and Ed McCready as Purdy. Written by John Hawkins and Frank Chase, "The Clarion" first aired on February 9, 1969.
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