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This is really two stories-in-one: Beaver starting a neighborhood
newspaper and Wally's relationship with his brother. For the first
time, Wally, who is fast growing up at the age of 13, is getting
annoyed with Beaver's "kid stuff" but after June asks him - as a favor
to her - to be nice to "Theodore" (she rarely referred to him by that
name), Wally becomes a nice guy, again. He helps Beaver type the first
edition of his newspaper. Later, Ward reads aloud some of the stories,
and they are extremely funny.
Larry Mondello was supposed to help Beaver with the paper but he got sick so Beaver and Wally put out and distribute the first edition pretty much on their own. Beaver is having a blast with this new "job" printing the "Maple Drive News" but the first edition cost him 50 cents. At that rate, he says, "I could lose a million dollars....am I only nine years old."
When Wally has a prior engagement the next day - a baseball game - June types up the newspaper. She then realizes it wasn't fair to tell Wally what she did, that Wally is growing up with different interests and can't be expected to do everything with his little brother anymore. She, and later Ward, give Beaver that message in a nice way and Beaver understands.
Without a typist to depend on daily, the newspaper goes kaput in two days!
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