Modern Improved Methods of Printing
March 8, 1900
In commenting on the arrangement whereby Mr. Sheldon is to be editor and business manager of the Topeka Daily Capital for the week beginning March 13 and ending March 20, most papers have ascribed honesty of purpose and have recognized the ability of the author who is more read than any other writer, and whose teaching of the Christianity of conduct seem to threaten to take over many of the institutions as well as many of the practices of humanity. A few writers have assumed that Mr. Sheldon is a "pious fraud" who is out for cheap notoriety and gain....
Money he could have in abundance, but he has neither time nor taste for making money. He writes and preaches as one having messages, with imperative commands to deliver them. He works among all classes, but most among those who are apt to be neglected....
His experiment of conducting for a week a great daily paper on the plan of deciding every question that shall arise as to what shall go into the paper, either as reading matter or advertisement, by the one question, "What would Jesus do?" is attracting the attention of the world. The interest in England is so widespread that a great publishing house in London has arranged to print an exact reproduction of every paper of the Sheldon week. At home, the capacity of the Capital's fast press will be entirely inadequate to produce papers enough. It is understood that fast presses in Kansas City, Chicago, and New York will be called upon to help supply the demand.
This will be easily done by the modern improved methods of printing. It may interest readers of the Kansas Farmer to know something of the detail of the mechanical work. The type for advertisements is set by hand. Reading matter is set by Linotype machines, as in the Kansas Farmer office. After correction, the type for each page is arranged in a "form" to print. No printing is done from the type, however. Instead, a soft preparation of paper is beaten into the type faces, layer after layer being applied until it is thick enough to be, when dry, about as stiff as pasteboard. The "form" with this paper covering is then dried by steam heat, after which the paper is taken off. Every letter has left its impress in the paper, and if molten type metal be poured over these impressions a cast reproducing the type faces results. Such matrices are quickly made, so that it is no great task to make several duplicates. They are light and conveniently sent by mail. In this way, it will be possible to make exact reproductions of every page of the Sheldon papers in as many places as the demand may require.
Some have assumed that Mr. Sheldon will convert the Capital into a religious daily. We are assured that such is not the purpose, but that it is to continue to be a secular newspaper, giving all the news that ought to be printed....
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