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Initially a weekly, the ''Westbote'' was eventually published semi-weekly, daily and Sunday editions as well. In 1903, ''Der Tägliche Westbote'' (the daily edition) merged with its Republican competitor ''Tägliche Columbus Express'' to form the ''Express und Westbote'', although both papers continued to print separate editions on a weekly or semiweekly basis. All editions of the ''Westbote'' and ''Express'' had ceased publication by 1918, due to the strong anti-German sentiment that resulted from World War I and was common throughout Columbus and other cities with large German populations.
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Der Westbote, 1843-1862].