The magazine ceased publication in 1897. The site is utilised by a wide variety of learning institutions including libraries colleges and universities within the UK and around the world. At the time Stead at just 22 was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.
He was influential in demonstrating how the press could be used to influence public opinion and government policy and advocated "government by journalism". He was also well known for his reportage on child welfare social legislation and reformation of England's criminal codes. Stead publiWilliam Thomas Steadd a series of hugely influential campaigns whilst editor of The Pall Mall Gazette and he is best known for his 1885 series of articles The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon written in support of a bill to raise the age of consent from 13 to 16 dubbed the "Stead Act.