Marion County Record
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Volume 1, Number 1. Published every Thursday. C. S. Triplett, editor and proprietor.
The Giant is no more!...'Twas of few days and full of trouble! Your voice is hushed. Stilled in silence! The cold wintry blasts will howl your funeral dirge, yet, oh Giant, in thy short life thy did make friends, while enemies swarmed around thee! Yet, in thy dying hour,...thou didst, ere the vital spark had fled, forgive thine enemies, even as Christ forgave the thief upon the cross....Thou didst die as the good man dieth. Thine was a pecuniary death, a disease that sweeps its millions annually into that great charnel house. With thy downfall, oh Giant, comes the resurrection of the Marion County Record, a paper to be devoted to the best interests of this people....Our patrons, and those of the Western News, for whom we stood responsible, will receive the Record instead of the Giant to the end of the time for which they have paid.... -- John E. Murphy.
Salutatory. With our hat off, and our most graceful bow, we will introduce to your notice the Marion County Record, hoping its good qualities will be duly appreciated and its faults judged as leniently as possible. Having purchased the Giant office, we thought it best to begin anew, and it is our determination to spare no pains in the attempt to make it a credit to our town and ourself.... -- C. S. Triplett.
Introductory. (By Levi Billings) Permit me to introduce to you Charlie S. Triplett, the present editor and proprietor of the Marion County Record. Charlie...was born in LaGrange County, Ind., our old home county. His father died when he was an infant of a year and a half, leaving the care and training of his childhood and youth to a kind and noble mother. He acquired a fair education and at an early age was employed in the office of the LaGrange Standard, where he learned the art of printing....He was afterward employed in some of the best offices in the country. His mother died about two years ago and, on her deathbed, advised him to go West and build up with some new place. He came to Kansas and for the last year and a half has been foreman in the Osage Chronicle office at Burlingame, where he has given entire satisfaction. He has now purchased the office here....He has not come here to run a six months or a year paper and then "play out."...Now give him your aid....
Among the many notices of the press...in regard to our new venture, none are more highly appreciated...than the following from the Osage Chronicle: "We are in receipt of the initial number of the Marion County Record, C. S. Triplett's paper. It is tidy, spicy and brim full of enterprise. If the citizens of that town know what is to their greatest advantage, they will see to it that the new paper is handsomely sustained."
We are sorry, very sorry, to find the Record so far behind time this week, but when a fellow works night and day and -- don't tell anyone -- Sundays too, what more can be expected of him? We have tried to partially make up the deficiency by being the first to publish the official returns of the election which we know every voter is anxious to see.
"Kansas Newspapers. Much has been said about Kansas newspapers. The great big editors in the cities -- we mean the towns where they have enough of support to get good ink and type and keep two bundles of paper ahead -- very frequently give their country brethren advice. A country paper comes to them a little mackled or badly printed, and they go for the editor, advise him to black boots or carry a hod, or do any other thing which they think don't require a long time of schooling. But when they want to brag about the state they tell big stories about Kansas having a hundred new papers. We do not like to see articles discouraging the press in small towns. The country is fast growing and all our papers will be wanted. Many large establishments have come from small beginnings. The Kansas Tribune did not have $500 worth of materials to start with, and they were hauled from Booneville, Mo., where they were delayed by the river, freezing, to Lawrence in an ox wagon. There is nothing which does a new town so much good as a printing press. The press built up Lawrence. It gave Topeka a start. We know that a poor printer tried to get into Tecumseh and the men who organized the Topeka town company wanted to go with him, but the proprietors did not think a printing press amounted to much. Encourage your local papers. If they are not what they ought to be, make them so, but don't allow them to leave. When a paper leaves a town, all the rest of the inhabitants ought to. A blacksmith shop, a store and a hotel may get along without it, but there never will be a town where there is no printer's ink to tell its advantages to the general public." -- Lawrence Tribune.
The Record office will be found on the corner of Main and Third streets after this.
We have received another of the inevitable Vol. 1, No. 1 of such frequent occurrence in Kansas literature. This time in the shape of an Osage Observer, a paper published at Lyndon, Osage County. It is a neat seven column paper and is a great credit to the proprietors.
"Brick" Pomeroy says it requires more pluck for a young man to conduct a printing office in a country town where he is compelled to be editor, canvassing agent, typesetter, proofreader, pressman, mailing clerk, wood sawyer and itemizer, everything in fact, in order that the paper may live, than is required in any other business. He must work hard and live poor. He is expected to work for any man; to print handbills, and to advertise notices for nothing. He must be first and foremost in every enterprise of the place, and the last man to be paid for work done, labor performed, and influence given.
Tax on Printers. The American Newspaper Reporter says the tariff tax on type used by printers amounts to about two-fifths of the present cost of that material. "If it be claimed that type-founding is an American industry, that it is entitled to protection, we answer: so is printing an American industry, hundreds of times as many mechanics and as much of capital as type founding. Printers are manufacturers of no small importance. Any bounty or tax upon their tools and implements is a tax not only upon one of our great industries, but a tax upon knowledge and education. Tax on type makes the primer and spelling book cost more to all the children of the land, to say nothing of its being a clog upon public and private libraries."
The Walnut Valley Times closed its second volume on the 23d, having been started March 4, 1870. It is a model newspaper in many respects.
"Senator Murdock has returned from St. Louis, where he has been purchasing the new outfit for his paper to be established at Wichita. He is getting ready for his departure and will leave in a few days. He is a jolly good fellow and we will feel deeply his absence...." -- Chronicle.
We have received No. 1, Vol. 1 of the Netawaka Chief, a neat 7-column paper published by Geo. S. Irwin.
We have received the July number of the American Journalist, published at Philadelphia. It is a journal every editor and manager of a newspaper should be supplied with. Its editorials are first class and its "funny column" is not so slow.
The Salina Journal has changed hands. W. H. Johnson has sold his interest to M. D. & L. E. Sampson.
The Capital City News is the name of a new daily paper just started at Topeka. This makes ten newspapers and periodicals now published in that city. The new paper is published at the Record office and, of course, supports Greeley and Brown.
The Lyndon (Osage County) Observer has again changed hands. Geo. W. Hoover, an old employee of the Osage Chronicle and lately foreman of the Observer office, now owns the machine. George is a good printer and has got hold of a good paper.
We have received the initial number of the Solomon City Newspaper, a neat 28-column paper published...by H. N. Farey & Bro. Its typographical appearance is splendid....
Geo. Hoover, the Osage Observer man, stopped with us a while yesterday. He is looking for a new location for his office for he says Lyndon is dead in the shell. The locality which secures George and his office will get a wide awake fellow and a first class paper.
Ex-Senator E. G. Ross has started a new paper at Lawrence. Its first appearance was on Jan. 8th. Ross never will give up whipped as long as he can command a font of type.
"State Printer. George W. Martin of the Junction City Union was elected state printer for two years on Tuesday last, he beating Mr. Prouty 10 votes on the third ballot. The first ballot was as follows: Prouty 65, Martin 61; second Prouty 63, Martin 64. Adjourned to three o'clock, after which the third ballot was taken with the following results: Martin 68, Prouty 58. The election of Martin was purely the result of a plucky, vigilant fight on his part, and too much confidence on Prouty's part....Martin was not a candidate when the Legislature met. He came down and 'went in on his nerve,' an abundance of which he has, and came out ahead....Prouty and Martin are both personal friends of ours; while we regret the defeat of the former, we cannot but congratulate Martin and the state on his election. He learned his trade in Kansas....He publishes one of the very best papers in the state, and will do to tie to." -- Emporia News.
The Record office has been moved to the room over J. H. Costello's Everything store.
The Grasshopper is a new paper started at Grasshopper Falls by Hoover & Huron.
We have received the first number of the Cattle Trail, a weekly paper published at Kansas City, Mo., devoted to the breeding, rearing, management and sale of livestock....We pronounce it a paper invaluable to stock men. The subscription price is only $1 per year and it has already attained an immense circulation....Direct all communications to H. M. Dickson, Publisher, Cattle Trail, Kansas City, Mo.
We are in receipt of No. 1, Vol. 1 of the Peabody Gazette, born in Peabody on the 1st day of May, A.D. 1873, and fathered by J. P. Church. It is a neat 8-column paper.
The Florence Pioneer has been revived, this time under the management of E. W. Hoch....We like the stand our new neighbor takes on county matters and it is just exactly what we have been working for all the time. Its columns will no more be filled with such vulgar things as have heretofore given it a rather unenviable reputation....
Nearly all of our leading exchanges have kindly noticed our enlargement and extended their congratulations. The following are a few:
"The Marion County Record comes to us enlarged from a five to a seven column paper, looking bright and filled brim full of live matter. C. Triplett has shown more than ordinary enterprise and pluck. Despite discouragements, financial and otherwise, he has stuck right to the town with which he cast his fortunes, and will stick as long as he has half a show. Such a newspaperman to a town is worth a thousand of those flighty chaps who flash upon the literary world with blinding vividness one day, wink to the light of a glow-worm the next, and within a short time...go out of sight into their hole backward...." -- Wichita Eagle.
"The Marion County Record comes to us this week enlarged to nearly double its former size and now ranks with the largest and best papers in western Kansas...." -- Solomon City Newspaper.
The following extract from the proceedings of the editorial convention, held at Atchison,...give the important items of business passed upon:
A ballot of the place of the next annual meeting was held with the following result: Fort Scott 21, Parsons 15, Wichita 9, Leavenworth 5. Col. Martin moved that Fort Scott be declared the choice....Mr. Hanna moved that a committee of three be appointed to arrange a programme....Hanna, Walker and Taylor were appointed.
The committee on the postal law reported: Whereas the 42d Congress,...in revising our postage laws, repealed the former provisions which gave newspapers free exchange and made them free of postage in the counties in which they were published.
Resolved, that it is the sense of this association that such action was unwise and in opposition to the best interests of newspaper publishers and newspaper readers, which two classes constitute our entire population.
Resolved, that the secretary of this association be requested to forward copies of these resolutions to our senator and representatives in congress and request them to use their influence to have the objectionable legislation repealed. Adopted.
The committee on resolutions regarding the present system of advertising agents...presented the following report: Resolved, that the publishers and proprietors of the papers of Kansas should annul all contracts with advertising agencies and that no advertisement should in the future be received from any advertising agency at less than the regular rates charged local advertisers. Adopted. Colonel Martin moved to except from this sweeping resolution the firm of S. M. Pettingill & Co., the most honorable, upright and straightforward agents in the country. Murdock, Farey and others opposed the entire resolution but, with several amendments, it was passed.
L. R. Elliott offered the following resolution in regard to the city offices soliciting job work in country towns where newspapers were published: Resolved, that the publishers of newspapers in smaller towns of Kansas find one of their greatest discouragements in the continual canvassing for job work at mere nominal prices by the printing establishments of the larger cities of the state. After a lengthy discussion, pro and con, participated in by Murdock, Farey, Wilson, Weaver, Reynolds, Griffin and President Thacher, it was finally adopted.
In the evening, an address was delivered by I. S. Kalloch, a poem was read by Jas. W. Steele, followed by a recitation by Mrs. Walker. The festivities closed by a grand ball at Corinthian Hall, and the following day the editors took an excursion to Lincoln, the capital of Nebraska.
"Marion County boasts of three papers, only one of which is a legitimate publication. Two nondescripts hold forth at Florence and Peabody, the one being daubed upon the reverse side of ready printed sheets and the other being printed entirely at Atchison. The bona fide enterprise, the Marion County Record, enlarged a few weeks ago. In expressing our admiration of the pluck evinced by Mr. Triplett, its editor, we offered the opinion that it became the duty of the people of that county to sustain the Record in preference to the bastards. Nor have we changed our mind, the convincing arguments and gentlemanly language (?) of the quasi editors of the spurious sheets notwithstanding...." -- Wichita Eagle.
From the Topeka Commonwealth:
Destructive Conflagration. Last night about midnight, a fire broke out in the rear of the Commonwealth building on Kansas Avenue, between Sixth and Seventh streets, which destroyed that fine fabric and all its contents. Just where the fire originated....is not exactly known. When first seen, the porch was on fire, and there appeared to be fire also in the building....The alarm was given and soon a crowd was on the ground, but by this time the fire had made so much headway that little could be accomplished in removing anything....
The building was owned by Dr. Tefft and L. G. Sain and occupied by the Commonwealth Printing Company, the Kansas Monitor, Baptist Evangel, G. W. Crane's bindery and paper storeroom, Warner & Co., and Dr. Tefft & Son. On the first three floors were the counting room and job office of the Commonwealth, a large lot of stationery and books belonging to George W. Crane, and the remnant of the late stock of Warner & Co., hardware merchants, who were recently turned out in the building opposite the Tefft House. On the second floor were the editorial, city editor's and composing rooms of the Commonwealth, the composition rooms and offices of the Kansas Monitor and the Evangel, and the medical office of Dr. Tefft & Son. On the third floor was the large and magnificent bindery of G. W. Crane, the largest in the state, which occupied the entire third story.
The value of the building was estimated at $22,000 and was one of the most imposing brick structures in the city. The Commonwealth was perhaps the most magnificent accumulation of printing material in the state, being fitted up with the most approved newspaper and job presses, and the latest style of everything needed in the printing business. Besides the material necessary to conduct the large business of the Commonwealth, there was stored in the composition room of the news office all the material necessary for doing the immense state printing of Kansas....Our reporter relies upon the estimate of the employees in the office, who assert that fully $30,000 worth of printing material went down into the basement, a mass of molten lead. The Commonwealth saved nothing but the subscription books of the paper, the private papers of the office, as well as many valuable papers belonging to Capt. King, scattered in his editorial desk, which have an abiding place, among the destroyed. Some of his papers were beyond value to him and cannot be replaced. All the bound files of the daily and weekly, since the commencement of publication, met a similar fate. There is but little to recognize the Commonwealth but scarred safe, which contained the account books and other papers of a business character, but which has not been opened yet, and it is not known whether its contents have been preserved or not.
Crane's loss amounts to $44,000 and consists of a magnificent bookbindery and a large stock of paper books, etc. The bindery was a valuable one, being fitted up with all the latest machinery....The Evangel was owned by F. B. Colver and consisted of printing material to the amount of probably $500. The Monitor was a Swedish paper, owned by F. G. Hawkinson & Co. The office was lately removed from Salina to this city and was worth some $1,500. Besides, the Monitor folks lose their office effects, some clothing, and valuable papers. There was no insurance and the loss falls with crushing weight upon Mr. H. & Co.
...Dr. Tefft & Son's loss is almost irreparable. The large and valuable library of the father and son went up with the rest....Nothing was saved, not even their private papers and accounts....
With this issue, we bid farewell to volume two of the Marion County Record....Two years ago this fall, we came to this place a "stranger in a strange land" with neither friends or money. The most of our readers know what the paper was like which was published at this place before we ascended the editorial throne, but few know the condition in which we took the material of the office, or the disadvantages under which we labored to publish a paper that would be a credit to ourself and the place of its publication, with the small amount of inferior material we had at our command....For about 18 months, we worked our little five column paper on a press large enough to print but one page at a time, thus necessitating four impressions to each paper....Last spring, we succeeded in getting a large press and enough new material to enable us to enlarge the Record to its present size....Since our enlargement, our subscription list has steadily been growing larger, and our columns are being filled with good paying home advertisements....We have been awarded the printing of the county for the next year which, of course, constitutes this the official organ of the county, making it that much more valuable to our patrons....In the meantime, we have not been idle in regard to job work, having added a job press and some first class job material....
"Our Paper. Over three years ago I first landed in this blessed burgh and, as custom was, first went to the editor's office to get a paper for use as an index to the community and surroundings, and also for information.
"In one corner of a small law office, I found a press about the size of an army cracker barrel, and by it a long haired, lovelorn looking youth who claimed to run the machine occasionally. Said he to me: 'I must go at my work right off. It takes me two days of hard work to get up my paper now, besides it being on my mind all the time.'
"He courteously gave me a copy of his last week's issue, a little larger than a sheet of foolscap....That was then.
"Now we have an office of good dimensions, perfectly packed with material and cases; a large press and another one for job work, and three men besides the editor, hard at work early and late and constantly crowded. Our paper, a neat, well executed seven column paper with home news and advertisements, one that many counties in older states should be proud of, and job work of first class can be done promptly and no need of sending away and paying express charges for work. In fact, it is a practical home working institution well worthy of being proud of. This is now.
"And now the hard working, practical young man who has worked out this great change wants to do more. He wants to make his paper a mirror, receiving and reflecting the news from every part and corner of the county....He wants to make it the friend of every man in the county, and have it a 'Record' of everything of interest to the county or any section of the county....
"Let the friends from the north part of the county send down their news items, and the friends from the south send up theirs; let those in the east and west send in their weekly budgets of news items, and then each one can know what is being done in all parts of the county. Let the farmers take hold too and tell what they think on all matters of interest....If we all do it, the statement will be hereafter that Marion County has the best local paper in the state." -- Observer.
The Topeka Blade busted, was superceded by the Bulletin, and the Bulletin -- well, it busted too.
Sol. Miller Returns Thanks to That Nigger. "Samuel Foster of White Cloud (a colored man) is a juror at the present term of District Court, being the first colored juror in the District Court in this county. He is a good and honest man and fills the situation better than many a juror has done who happened to be born white. In speaking of him about the streets, it is the usual style to refer to him as 'that nigger,' and we have heard it expressed 'that d----d nigger.'...Foster was on the jury in our case....There were some three fellows...who stood by us without swerving, notwithstanding the suppression and intimidation of the evidence in our behalf and the charge of the court, and who proposed to stay there, as they expressed it, 'till h--l froze over,' before they would consent to a verdict of guilty. While expressing our sincere obligations to these white men, we do not forget that thanks are also due 'that nigger' by standing by us firmly from first to last. When we recollect that we advocated the freedom of slaves and labored earnestly to give the colored man the right to vote and sit upon juries, and then find the first colored juror in the county sitting in judgment upon ourself, and refusing to convict us of a crime which we did not commit, we feel that our confidence was not misplaced. In that instance, we did not cast our bread upon the waters in vain. Therefore, we are thankful for 'that nigger'." -- Kansas Chief.
Origin of Printing. Like all grand discoveries, the origin of printing was exceedingly simple. In the year 1420, a certain old gentleman named Lawrence Coster lived in Haarlem. He was fond of taking solitary walks in the woods, and one day fell idly to work with his knife on a smooth piece of birch bark, and cut several letters so neatly that after his return home he stamped them on paper; the impression was so good that he naturally fell thinking of what might be done with such letters cut in wood. By blackening them with ink, he made black stamps upon paper; and by dint of much thinking and much working, he came in time to the stamping of whole broadsides of letters -- which was really printing. The Dutch writers claim that this grand discovery did poor Coster very little good, as a dishonest apprentice who had wit enough to understand the value of such a discovery ran away from his master, taking with him a great many of the wooden blocks which it had required so much ingenuity and patience to fashion, and unlawfully appropriated the credit of the grand discovery. It is hinted that the runaway was John Faust or John Gutenberg; but the Germans justly say there is no proof of this. "It is certain, however," says a contributor to one of our first-class journals, "that there was a Lawrence (Costos of the Cathedral) who busied himself with stamping letters and engraving. His statue is on the marketplace in Haarlem, and his rough looking books are, some of them, now in the State House of Haarlem. They are dingy, and printed with bad ink, and seem to have been struck from large engraved blocks, and not from movable types. They are without any date, but antiquarians assign them to a period somewhat earlier than any book of Faust or Gutenberg, who are commonly called the discoverers of printing. As usual, it was for future ages to reap the full benefit of the art of one patient, unappreciated worker."
We are in receipt of Vol. 1, No. 1 of the Farmers' Advocate, published at McPherson by Albin & Albin, marked with "please X." It is a neat little eight-page sheet, well gotten up and full of life.
We...neglected to notice the receipt of Vol. 1, No. 1 of the Southern Kansas Gazette, published at Augusta, Butler County, by the Kurtz Bro's, formerly of Florence. It starts out with a good showing of patronage, and we think a creditable appearance.
We have neglected to notice the Kansas School Journal, published at Topeka by D. J. Evans and J. R. Holbreok, the first number issued on the 15th. It is a good monthly, of neat typographical appearance, issued in the interest of a noble cause....We believe Mrs. Sharon is authorized to receive subscriptions, $1.50 per annum.
The undersigned having purchased the office of the Marion County Record, will continue the publication of the paper. I feel that I need no introduction to the people of Marion County. My past may index my future. I have no high-sounding promises to make. Swinging clear of all improper influences from without, and from all personal and sectional prejudices within, with charity for all and enmity to none, I shall endeavor in all cases to do right. I shall have opinions and express them. Humanity is fallible, and I may err. If so, censure the head and not the heart. The right to differ and to discuss I as freely accord to others as I fully claim for myself. This arrangement, though under negotiation for some time, is consummated too late for further remarks now. I ask your encouragement and aid. -- E. W. Hoch.
Good-Bye. Three years ago the 21st of last month we began the publication of the Marion County Record. For three years we have labored hard for the advancement of Marion County, our adopted home. For three years we have worked faithfully to establish a paper that would be a credit to the county and especially the place at which it was published. For three years we have tried our utmost to please everybody and get them elected to office. For three years we have been thanked by those who obtained what they desired and cursed by those who did not. For three years we have "borne the toil, endured the pain" of a country editor's life and now -- well, we give it up. To our friends, we would return our thanks for what they have done for us. Our enemies we thank for what they have not done against us. To all we would say, patronize the paper. Good-bye. -- C. S. Triplett.
Mr. Triplett makes his retiring bow this week. He has toiled long and faithful and retires, we think, with fewer "curses" following him than commonly follow those who have "bourne the toil and endured the pain of a country editor's life" so long as he. 'Tis a thankless life, after all, this editorial life. 'Tis useless to try to please everybody as it is to "get everybody elected to office." We don't expect to do either. You may praise a man 364 days and you are all right. But censure him on the last day, no matter how justly, and you are either a fool or a scoundrel, perhaps both. The editor is wise who pleases himself first and other people afterwards. Davy Crockett's motto fits the case, according to our tell: "Be sure you are right, then go ahead." (E. W. Hoch)
C. S. Triplett and lady went to Topeka Wednesday morning. Mr. Triplett will shortly open out (in the room lately occupied by Dobbs & Cook) a book and stationery store.
We have received the initial number of the Chase County Courant, published at Cottonwood Falls by Martin & Timmons. A six-column paper, independent in politics.
The Topeka Blade commenced jabbing around again last week after a suspension of nearly a year. It's appearance surprised everyone who has seen it. It is only the size of a sheet of foolscap, margin and all, but is very spicy, original and modest. Not much room for display headings, dead-head advertisements or any unnecessary balderdash.
"Charlie S. Triplett, late editor of the Marion County Record, is now foreman of the News office. He is a first-class printer as well as a perfect gentleman." -- Hutchinson News.
Wanted: At this office, a boy to learn the printer's trade. One who has had some experience at the business preferred. Profane boys need not apply.
The McPherson Advocate advocates Salina now, having removed to the latter place.
The Osage Free Press, the recent successor of the Shaft, evinces considerable typographical taste and editorial ability.
Reader, pardon a few personal reflections. Six months ago we closed the contract with C. S. Triplett for the purchase of this office and, with the papers in hand, stepped out on the street to see a town full of people peering upward at clouds of grasshoppers which darkened the day like a sun eclipse. Then, thicker than snowflakes ever come, the insects descended to the earth and began the work of destruction. It was not a scene to add much enthusiasm to our new purchase. But, realizing that grit is the most essential element in the publisher's life, we began at once to lop off all unnecessary expenses and prepare to meet the worst. The winter has been long and severe. Times have been hard. But we have weathered the storms so far successfully. With our editorial labors we have not been satisfied. We have really had no time for editorial labor. Our humble productions have nearly all been "set from the case" -- we had no time to write them. We have endeavored to publish a decent paper. We shall continue to do so. We have been misrepresented, occasionally, but not by those who know us best. And the kindnesses received have exceeded these so greatly that we haven't room in our heart for anything but gratitude to friends and forgiveness for enemies. We shall invest all that we make, and more, in our business and hope to build up a paper creditable to the county, and profitable to the proprietor. (E. W. Hoch)
An Offer. We will send the Record free, for one year, to 20 new subscribers who will each do $2 worth of work, half on the Christian church and half on the Methodist parsonage. Subscription to commence as soon as the requisite number of pledges are secured. Call at once and enroll.
Marion County Newspapers. The recent editorial convention resolved to compile a complete history of Kansas newspapers and requested the various papers to furnish the desired information from their respective localities. The following for Marion County may be relied upon by D. W. Wilder, T. Dwight Thacher and R. B. Taylor, committee:
In July or August, 1869, an organization was effected in Marion Centre, county seat, for the purpose of securing a paper for the county. The organization consisted of the following-named gentlemen: J. N. Rogers, J. H. Costello, A. E. Case, Levi Billings, W. H. Billings, and A. A. Moore.
Arrangements were soon effected with A. W. Robinson to remove his office from Detroit, Dickinson County, to Marion Centre, which he did in the fall of 1869, receiving a small bonus. And in September, 1869, the first paper in Marion County was born and christened The Western News. Small, poorly printed (page at a time) on an inferior jobber. Robinson continued the publication until April, 1871, when he sold the office to John E. Murphy, who changed the name of the paper to The Western Giant, which he published till September, 1871, and in turn sold to C. S. Triplett, who again changed the name to The Marion County Record, which he continued to publish until Oct. 10, 1874, greatly enlarging and improving the concern, when he sold to E. W. Hoch, the present editor and proprietor. Republican, when it attempts politics, which it seldom does; devoted principally to local affairs; uses the "auxiliary." It is the official newspaper of the county and is in a prosperous condition.
In April, 1871, W. M. Mitchell and John McReynolds removed the material of the Miami County Advertizer from Paola to Florence and on the 22nd of April began the publication of the Florence Pioneer, and continued the same until the fall of 1871, when C. H. & J. A. Kurtz came into possession of the paper, and remained so until the spring of 1872, when the property got into litigation, the Kurtz boys were ejected, and Peet Aller, banker, assumed editorial control and continued in this position until the spring of 1873, when he absconded. His foreman, present editor of the Marion County Record, E. W. Hoch, continued to issue the paper for a period of six months, awaiting the result of the trial, to which he was not a party, and finally discontinued the publication as an unprofitable enterprise. The Kurtz boys afterward recovered possession of the property and removed it to Augusta, Butler County, where they now publish the Southern Kansas Gazette.
On the first day of May, 1873, J. P. Church issued the first number of The Peabody Gazette, a Republican paper. At first it was printed entirely in the Globe office, Atchison, and after the failure of that concern was temporarily suspended for several months, at the expiration of which time it was revived on the cooperative plan, under the management of its original proprietor, J. P. Church, and W. H. Morgan, the latter then of the Shaft of Osage City. Morgan remained a partner during the greater part of 1874, when the partnership was mutually dissolved, leaving Church sole editor and proprietor of a successful newspaper, a position he still occupies.
Wednesday's dailies brought the startling announcement that D. R. Anthony, editor of the Leavenworth Times and postmaster of Leavenworth, was shot and, it is thought, fatally wounded at the Opera House in Leavenworth by W. W. Embry, editor of the Appeal of that city. Col. Anthony is one of the most prominent editors in the state and his tragic end, if end it be, will create a profound sensation. He is a brother of Susan B. Anthony. Embry has been arrested.
The Atchison Courier (German) has enlarged. Our German friends here should all take the Courier....Call at this office and see specimen number.
We are sorry to record the death of our editorial neighbor, Peter Moriarty of the Council Grove Republican.
About 300 editorial and reportorial excursionists went west on the AT&SF road last Thursday. They represented the press of 10 states and their visit will be of incalculable benefit to Kansas....
C. S. Triplett, having thrown up his foremanship of the Hutchinson News to accept a more lucrative position on his old home paper at Lagrange, Ind., spent a few days...at this place and left Tuesday with his wife for his new-old home.
The Peabody Gazette of last week announced that hereafter it will charge for all it does and pay for all it gets. It will publish no more obituaries, religious notices, society directories, notices of concerts, pic-nics, festivals, votes of thanks, professional puffs, &c, without charge. In other words, those who dance to the public through the Gazette hereafter must pay the Gazette fiddler. The Gazette is not alone in this newspaper reformation. The Council Grove Democrat, Walnut Valley Times, Council Grove Republican and various other papers have recently adopted the same plan.
There is some sense in this. No man in the world does so much gratuitous work as the newspaper publisher. He is a perfect pack animal upon whom people heap their burdens, and then curse him when he groans under the load. But we fear that these editors are rushing to the other extreme. There is some danger of an editor being too niggardly, as well as too liberal. He can better afford this than that.
The Record sees no reason to change its course. It will continue to be the people's paper. It believes that to be generous with the public is good policy as well as good principle. All notices, then, of a public nature, not intended to advance private interests, will be inserted in the Record free, as heretofore.
Initial number of Harvey County News, published at Newton, received. Duncan & Moore publishers. If there is room for two papers in Newton, we hope the News will live; if not, we hope the Kansan will live.
Initial number of Harvey County News, published at Newton, received. Duncan & Moore publishers. If there is room for two papers in Newton, we hope the News will live; if not, we hope the Kansan will live.
The Record begins the fifth year of its existence today, and we are glad to announce to its patrons and friends that its sky is brighter this morning than ever before in its history....Modestly we call attention to the new dress with which our paper is adorned today. It shall have more new clothes ere long....The Record will continue to be a county paper....Because the day is coming, and we believe is not distant, when there will be but one paper in Marion County. The Record expects to be that paper, and intends to deserve to be....To promote a good feeling throughout the county has always been our desire and endeavor. The history of Kansas is full of newspaper failures. The reasons are various and obvious....The sickly sheets all over the state attest its truth. And ten years hence, we predict, will find the number greatly diminished. Now, every little village must have a paper; every little ring of political tricksters must have an organ, and every little newspaper adventurer in the land seems to have rushed here to meet the extravagant demands....An ordinary county can not and will not permanently and adequately support more than one paper. One good paper is worth more to a county than a half dozen poverty-stricken, ragged-looking sheets....The editor of the Peabody Gazette, the Record's only remaining rival, is about to quit the state. It may appear selfish, but is it not reasonable to ask that the people of Marion County, with wisdom learned from experience, unite with us in building up a newspaper establishment worthy of Marion County?...Let the sectional wars cease in Marion; let us forgive and forget the unpleasant part of the past, shake hands and usher in the approaching new year with a hearty good will to each other....
Embry, who shot Anthony, editor of the Leavenworth Times, has been acquitted. That's just the way with some juries -- they think it no more harm to shoot an editor than a jackrabbit.
Laws of Newspapers. People who take newspapers should carefully digest the following laws which have been sustained by all the courts: If subscribers order the discontinuance of newspapers, the publishers may continue to send them until all arrears are paid. If subscribers refuse or neglect to take their newspapers from the office to which they are sent, they are held responsible until they have settled their bills and ordered them discontinued. If subscribers move to other place without informing the publisher, and the newspapers are sent to the former direction, they are then responsible.
This town and this office were invaded Tuesday by that lively quill-driver, P. H. Peters ("Pete Jinks," brother of "Captain Jinks"), representative of that sterling journal, the Atchison Champion.
The Record has "riz." More elegantly, it has been elevated. It has got farther up in the world. Having purchased part of Dr. Davis's new stone building, the office has been removed to the upper story thereof, where it finds splendid quarters.
We were pleased to receive a call from Dr. Isaac Howe of Wisconsin, who will shortly begin to wield the pen editorial for the Florentines (at Florence). He will have associated with him a Mr. Morgan, and they expect to issue the first number of their paper about the first of June.
The Florence Herald, the new paper,...is now on our table. Howe & Morgan, eds and props. A very neat 7-column paper. It starts out with a good advertising support....
We always rejoice to hear of the financial success of our brethren of the press, and are therefore glad to note the purchase of a new power press by the Chase County Leader. The Great Bend Register is issuing a daily, an expensive luxury which must mean a surplus of funds in Hoisington's pockets. The Southern Kansas Gazette has a new jobber.
The average editor, who lives on the illusive promises of delinquents, can appreciate this item: Brethren, with the aid of raspberries and cream from Mr. Whitney and Mrs. Moulton; squashes from Mr. Gallamore; turnips and radishes and beans and onions from Squire Rhodes and Mrs. Hart; berries and cherries from Mr. Case; and potatoes, lettuce and roasting ears from Col. Bates, and other articles...we have managed thus far to "keep soul and body together."...P.S. -- Wood, flour, vegetables and other emblems of life taken on subscription.
Mr. Horner has taken from his stone quarry and dressed for the Kansas Farmer a very nice imposing stone, size 3x6 feet. The dressing was done by J. Sharra and it looks...as well as our marble stones.
Tuesday afternoon...an ominous cloud appeared in the northwest...a great funnel-shaped cloud advancing from the center thisward. Soon it broke upon the town with most terrific fury. The wind blew a hurricane and the rain and hail were...blinding....The roof of the Record building (a two-story stone) was torn off and scattered to the winds, and the office flooded with a young deluge of waters. We issue this paper with the daylight streaming in from above, a little too much "light on the subject," we confess. Will the Russell County Record, which shared a similar misfortune last spring, please give us a hand?...
John P. Church has leased the Peabody Gazette to his brother, Will V., and Robt. E. Peabody, an apprentice in the office. The retiring editor sold his personal effects last Saturday and will remove to his old home in Michigan.