First and Only Paper in Flourishing Territory 1854

First Press in the Kansas Territory 1854

The Press in Kansas; Towns Springing Up 1854

Herald of Freedom Founded in Lawrence 1855

Vol. 1, No. 31. J. Speer & W. W. Ross, editors.: * 1855

Lincoln in Kansas! His first speech! 1859

From the State Capital....Sol Miller is a "brick." 1862

The Press of Kansas. We believe the following to b 1862

We have neglected to notice the Fort Scott Monitor 1863

*The fight between Ewing and Anthony is still wagi 1863

*Additional News from Lawrence! Terrible Scenes!.. 1863

*The Raid on Lawrence! Particulars and Incidents!. 1863

*It will be remembered that John Speer of the Lawr 1864

Vol. 1, No. 1. M. M. Murdock, editor and proprieto 1872

Modern Improved Methods of Printing 1900

The Industrialist

Articles in database from The Industrialist:    30

The Winfield Courier says: Capt. J. H. Folks of We ...
June 12, 1875, The Industrialist (ID 1446)

The Winfield Courier says: Capt. J. H. Folks of Wellington, besides being a newly married man, is editor of the Sumner County Press, secretary of the State Senate, one of the regents of the State Agricultural College, secretary of the State Editorial Association, the coming man of southwestern Kansas, and also business manager of the Industrialist, a spicy paper published by the students of the Agricultural College.


One of the finest specimens of binding turned out ...
June 26, 1875, The Industrialist (ID 1449)

One of the finest specimens of binding turned out of any establishment, east or west, is Martin's Hand-book. It contains more valuable information concerning types, paper, printing, binding and the history of Kansas printing and papers than can be had in any book ten times its size. Like everything from the State Printing Works, it is more than first-class.


The Potter press in Martin's State Printing Works ...
August 14, 1875, The Industrialist (ID 1460)

The Potter press in Martin's State Printing Works ran off ten thousand impressions of a map of the A., T. & S. F. R. R. in seven and a half hours -- an average of 1,334 impressions an hour. That is quick work, east or west.


A meeting of the officers and directors of the Sta ...
April 8, 1876, The Industrialist (ID 1491)

A meeting of the officers and directors of the State Historical Society was held in the state auditor's office on Thursday....We copy the following declaration of its objects:

"The object of the society shall be to collect, embody, arrange and preserve a library of books, pamphlets, maps, charts, manuscripts, papers, paintings, statuary and other materials illustrative of the history and the antiquities of the state; to rescue from oblivion the memory of its early pioneers, and to obtain and preserve narratives of their exploits, perils, hardy adventures, and patriotic achievements; to exhibit faithfully the past and present condition and resources of Kansas, and to take proper steps to promote the study of history by lectures and other means for the diffusion of information relative to the history and resources of the state."

At the meeting on Thursday, a circular of information was prepared to be sent to the publishers of the newspapers of the state, showing the present condition of the work of the society and soliciting their aid in carrying it forward. Certificates of membership were directed to be sent to the publishers of those papers which are being contributed to the file of the society....

The society is producing,...the effect of stimulating the writers for Kansas press to the contribution of much more than the usual amount of historical matter....About fifty...papers are now being regularly received and placed on file in condition to be bound....

The officers of the society are: Chief Justice Samuel A. Kingman, president; Hon. Geo. A. Crawford, vice-president; Col. John A. Martin, treasurer; and F. G. Adams, secretary. Among the directors are: Auditor D. W. Wilder, Col. D. R. Anthony, Sol Miller, and F. P. Baker.

The initiatory steps for the organization of this society were taken at the State Editorial Convention held at Manhattan last April. The organization was perfected last December. -- Topeka Commonwealth.


The centennial issue of the Junction City Union is ...
May 13, 1876, The Industrialist (ID 1504)

The centennial issue of the Junction City Union is the best historical paper we have ever read. It may be that our former citizenship in that place influences this opinion, and we know that a warm love for George W. Martin is very apt so to do; nevertheless, we doubt if the local history of any other county has been so fully set forth.

KANSAS PRESS -- As an expression of our appreciation of the kindness shown to the Industrialist by the Kansas press, we will insert gratis, for at least one month, a three-line nonpareil advertisement of any exchange furnishing the copy therefore.

Blade, Topeka. Daily $3 a year; weekly 50 cents. The only positively independent paper in Kansas.

Patriot, Atchison. Established in 1867. The only Democratic daily in Kansas. Park & Vandegrift, proprietors.

Times, St. Marys. Issues an edition of 1,800 every alternate week....

Courier, Winfield. Republican; weekly. Official county paper. No more subscribers needed. E. C. Manning, publisher.

Sentinel, Lawrence. The only temperance paper in the West. Published weekly; terms $2 per year. D. C. Beach, publisher.

Journal, Osage Mission. C. H. Howard, editor. Published every Wednesday at Osage Mission, Neosho County, at $2 per annum.

Diamond, Jewell City. Keeps its readers posted in regard to the splendid county of Jewell. $1.50 per year. M. Winsor, publisher.

News, Marysville. A 28-column paper; $2 per year. Only paper at county seat and devoted to local affairs. T. Hughes, editor.

Appeal, Leavenworth. Independent Democratic. Published daily except Sunday. $5 a year. W. W. Embry, editor and proprietor.

Free Press, Osage City. Largest paper in Kansas. Published in the great central coal region of Kansas. W. H. Morgan, editor and proprietor.

Tribune, Junction City. A 32-column independent paper. Will be sent three months on trial for 25 cents. Address John Davis, editor and proprietor.

News, Emporia. Is one of the oldest papers and one of the best advertising mediums in the West. Stotler & Graham, proprietors.

Times, Chanute, A. L. Rivers, editor and proprietor. Published at Chanute, Neosho County, the crossing point of the L., L. & G. and M., K. & T. railroads.

Mirror, Minneapolis. A monthly land journal devoted to the interests of the Solomon Valley. Subscription 25 cents. C. C. Olney, editor.

Kansan, Newton. Published every Thursday. Two dollars per annum. Twenty-eight columns. Republican in politics. H. C. Ashbaugh, editor and proprietor.

Times, Blue Rapids. Twenty-eight columns. Published at the principal manufacturing town of the state. Only home publication in Marshall County. Terms $2 a year. C. E. Tibbetts, proprietor.

Nationalist, Manhattan. A Republican Reform weekly. Contains reports of Bluemont Club, Farmers' Institutes, and everything of special interest to farmers. Terms $2 per year. A. Griffin, editor and proprietor.

Courant, Cottonwood Falls. One of the best papers in southwestern Kansas. Subscription $2 a year. Its editors will attend to buying and selling real estate. Address Martin & Timmons, editors and proprietors.

Union, Junction City. Thirty-two columns. Fifteen years under one management. Brevity, variety, spice, fearlessness, and an enthusiastic, vigorous and enterprising devotion to the best interests of the people (and especially our own) characterize it. Geo. W. Martin, editor and proprietor.


Kansas press:: Herald, Hiawatha. Official paper of ...
May 27, 1876, The Industrialist (ID 1507)

Kansas press:

Herald, Hiawatha. Official paper of city and county. Terms $2 per year. Burger & Roberts, proprietors.

Lantern, Blue Rapids. A 16-column paper, set in nonpareil. No patent outside. $1 a year. Frank Hall, publisher.

Plaindealer, Garnett. Devoted to the interests of Anderson County and Kansas. Republican. S. H. Dodge, publisher.

Independent, McPherson. Independent Republican in politics. $2 per year. Geo. McClintock, editor and proprietor.

Courant, Howard City. All questions regarding Elk County or southern Kansas cheerfully answered.

Sentinel, Minneapolis. A weekly, independent, Republican paper, printed and published by Hoyt & Midgley. Circulation in county 500.

Appeal, Leavenworth. Independent Democratic. Published daily except Sunday. $5 a year. W. W. Embry, editor and proprietor.

Advance, Chetopa. Is the leading weekly of southern Kansas. Circulation 1,000. $2 per annum. Reliable news about Indian Territory. J. M. Cavaness, editor.

Republican, Baxter Springs. Politically, Republican; morally, Christian; financially, gold basis. Weekly. A. J. R. Smith, editor and proprietor.

Sun, Parsons. Leading journal of southern Kansas. Do you want to know all about Kansas, subscribe. $2 per year. Address Reynolds, Gifford & Winter.

Blade, Wamego. ...Send for a sample copy of the Blade, the leading local paper of Pottawatomie County. R. Cunningham & Co., publishers.

Independent, Oskaloosa. Established in 1860. Is in a flourishing condition, with a steadily increasing circulation. Edited and published by J. W. and F. H. Roberts.

Enterprise, Manhattan. A lively, wide-awake, local newspaper. $1 a year. Subscribe if you want to keep posted on everything transpiring. Patee & Runyan, publishers.


Kansas press:: Traveler, Arkansas City. C. M. Scot ...
July 1, 1876, The Industrialist (ID 1515)

Kansas press:

Traveler, Arkansas City. C. M. Scott, publisher. Full report of the border and Indian lands. $2 a year; $1 for six months.

Register, Iola. Only paper published at the county seat of Allen County. Republican; weekly. Allison & Perkins, publishers.

Chief, Kirwin. The oldest paper under one management in northwestern Kansas. Republican; home print; $1.50 a year. W. D. Jenkins, editor.

Reporter, Louisville. The largest, oldest and best paper published in Pottawatomie County. $1.50 per year. Hick & Barnes, editors and proprietors.

Progress, Olathe. The largest circulation of any paper in the county. Independent in politics. Advertising terms reasonable. Jas. Wilson, publisher.

Leader, Cottonwood Falls. Official paper of city and county. The Leader is not a real estate paper. $1.50 per year. W. A. Morgan, editor and proprietor.

Tribune, Lawrence. Daily $8; weekly $1.50 per annum. Independent Republican. Established Oct. 15th, 1854. John Speer, editor. Speer & Covel, publishers.

Courier, Seneca. Devoted to the prosperity of Nemaha County. Immigrants invited to call at headquarters. $2 a year. West. E. Wilkinson, editor and proprietor.

Gazette, Peabody. Largest and best advertising medium in Marion County. Its motto, "Truth and the Almighty Dollar." $2 a year. John P. Church, editor and publisher.

Pioneer, Smith Centre. Only paper in Smith County. Established in 1872. Devoted to the interests of northwest Kansas. $1.50 per year. Will. D. Jenkins, editor and proprietor.

Times, North Topeka. A local journal for the promotion of the best interests of the place and of northern Shawnee County. Eight pages; $1 a year. Frank A. Root, editor and proprietor.

Eagle, Wichita City. Weekly; terms $4 per year. M. M. Murdock & Bro., publishers.

News, Stockton. Weekly; four pages; size 20 x 26; circulation 300. Newell & Barnes, editors.

Ledger, Elk Falls. A Republican weekly. $1.50 a year. A. Reynolds, editor and proprietor.

Recorder and Express, Holton. Published weekly. Beck & Stuner, editors and proprietors.

Chronicle, Lyndon. Official county paper. Republican; $2 a year. W. T. Chalfant, editor and proprietor.

Herald, Hiawatha. Official paper of city and county. Terms $2 per year. Burger & Roberts, proprietors.

Young Cherokee, Cherokee. A Republican paper, published every Saturday. $1 per year. H. H. Webb, editor.

Republican, Ottawa. Republican in politics. Circulation 1,600 with low advertising rates. Subscription $2. A. T. Sharpe, publisher and proprietor.

Dispatch, Hiawatha. In its seventh year. Official paper; organ of the staunch old Republican party. Thoroughly established; home print. $2 a year. A. N. Ruley, publisher and proprietor.

Gazette, Enterprise. A 40-column quarto. Independent Republican. Devoted to the financial interests of the publisher and the general good of the people. V. P. Wilson, editor and proprietor.

Citizen, Fredonia. Established 1870. Circulation 828 and steadily increasing. Devoted to local interests and the legitimate profits of publisher. Independent Republican. J. S. Gilmore, editor and publisher.

Journal, La Cygne. Saturdays. Republican. 32 columns. Official city and county paper. A first-class country paper. $1.50 a year in advance. No better advertising medium in eastern Kansas. Kenea & Lane, publishers.

Kansan, Valley Falls. The only real estate paper published in Jefferson County. Edited and published by the Real Estate, Loan and Land Department of Valley Bank and Savings Institution. S. A. Morrison, manager.


Kansas press:: Record, Frankfort. $1.50 a year. Ca ...
July 22, 1876, The Industrialist (ID 1520)

Kansas press:

Record, Frankfort. $1.50 a year. Campbell Bros., publishers.

Telegraph, Waterville. $2 a year. W. P. Campbell, publisher.

Independent, Oxford. Terms $2 per annum. Republican in politics. John Blevins, editor and proprietor.

Courier, Columbus. Leading paper in Cherokee County. Politically, Republican. S. O. McDowell, editor and proprietor.

Herald, Florence. A wide-awake, local paper devoted to the interests of Florence and vicinity. Terms $1.50. Howe & Morgan, publishers.

Empire, Concordia. Leading paper of Cloud County. A readable, reliable, Republican journal. $1.50 per year. H. E. Smith, editor and proprietor.

Reporter, Louisville. The largest, oldest and best paper published in Pottawatomie County. $1.50 per year. Hick & Barnes, editors and proprietors.

Courier, Independence. Daily and weekly. The only daily in southern Kansas. Daily $5; weekly $1. Chock full of news. Try it. J. J. Chatham, editor and proprietor.

Monitor, Jewell Centre, $1.50 a year. A 24-column weekly devoted to the interests of Jewell County. Official paper of the county. Byron J. Thompson, editor and proprietor.


Kansas press:: Star, Hays City. A Republican paper ...
September 28, 1876, The Industrialist (ID 1540)

Kansas press:

Star, Hays City. A Republican paper published weekly by J. H. Downing.

Independent, Oxford. Terms $2 per annum. Republican in politics. John Blevins, editor and proprietor.

Register, Great Bend. Daily and weekly. Only daily within 219 miles. A. J. Hossington, editor and proprietor.

Herald, Chetopa. The official paper of Labette County. Republican; $2 per annum. Published by J. H. Hibbetts & Co.

News, Peru. F. G. Moore & Co., publishers and proprietors. $1.50 per year. A newsy sheet published in the interests of Chautauqua County.

Kansas Farmer, Topeka. The state agricultural journal. In its 14th year. Eight pages; weekly. Sample copies free. J. K. Hudson, editor.

Times, Dodge City. All the Texas cattle news. Published at the "Long-Horn Metropolis." $2 in advance. Six months $1. W. C. Shinn, proprietor.

Examiner, Hutchinson. An independent, Democratic newspaper. Published every Friday. Official paper of city and county. $2 per annum. Wm. J. Turpen, proprietor.

American Young Folks, Topeka. An illustrated monthly paper for boys and girls. Fifty cents per year. Sample copy free.


Kansas press:: Advance, Sabetha. Only Democratic n ...
October 26, 1876, The Industrialist (ID 1545)

Kansas press:

Advance, Sabetha. Only Democratic newspaper in northeastern Kansas. Published every Saturday. $1.50 per year. E. A. Davis, editor and proprietor.

Chronicle, Abilene. Six large pages. Large circulation. Republican. $2. Send for specimen copy and learn all about the famous wheat-growing belt of Kansas.

Kansas Churchman, Topeka. Organ of the Episcopal Church in Kansas. Edited by Revs. H. H. Loring, A. Beaty, Paul Ziegler. Eight pages; monthly. Fifty cents per annum.

Press, Wellington, Sumner County. A live, Republican journal. Is well patronized and enjoys a large home circulation. John H. Folks, editor. Folks & Bishop, publishers. Subscription price $2 per year.

Inland Tribune. A Republican weekly newspaper published at Great Bend, county seat of Barton County. $2 a year.


There is a good deal of feeling among editors in r ...
October 6, 1877, The Industrialist (ID 1645)

There is a good deal of feeling among editors in regard to the use of "patent outsides," or "in'ards," as the case may be, by the publishers of weekly papers. On the one hand, it is claimed that work is sent abroad which might be done by compositors at the place of publication; and, on the other, that if a publisher can furnish his readers with a greater amount and better variety of matter, at one-half the cost to himself, he is under no obligation to throw away one or two thousand dollars a year for a mere sentiment which is entertained by the craft rather than by paying subscribers.

...The question is one for the personal decision of the publisher. He runs a paper as a legitimate means of earning a living. If his town is large enough to support a daily, and his patronage sufficient to authorize his employment of a working force that will set all his matter, then he will not use a "patent" simply because, first, it wouldn't pay, and, second, he doesn't want to.

...Unfortunately, all subscription and advertising lists will not pay a publisher enough to enable him to set all the matter in his office....As Kansas papers develop a larger business, as owners acquire greater capital, and communities demand more job work, the tendency will be for publishers to dispense with "outsides," because the office work will enable them to maintain a larger force.

...In some cases, the uses of patents allow too great a contrast between the presswork done at home and that done abroad -- a thing which care would remedy....


Ah! Ha! The Industrialist is two and one-half year ...
October 13, 1877, The Industrialist (ID 1647)

Ah! Ha! The Industrialist is two and one-half years old today, and has grown accordingly....We used to be a little, three-column paper furnishing 26,656 ems of matter....Here we are with four columns furnishing 48,834 ems of matter, which is an increase of 83 percent.

Press changes:

Sedgwick County: The Wichita Herald is a new paper, published by Robbins & Craddock,...at Wichita.

Crawford County: The Cherokee Banner is a new paper, owned and edited by H. H. Webb, formerly of the Mining Echo, published weekly at Cherokee.

Cherokee County: The Columbus Vidette, Hoffman & Metcalf,...has just started at Columbus.

Greenwood county: The Times has just been established by Bennett & Trask at Madison.

Morris County: The Democrat and the Republican have been consolidated, and will hereafter appear as the Republican-Democrat, Moriarty & Dunn,...Council Grove.


Press changes:: Jefferson County: The Kansas New E ...
October 20, 1877, The Industrialist (ID 1651)

Press changes:

Jefferson County: The Kansas New Era changes editors, Levi B. Wilson retiring and A. W. Moore seizing the pencil.

Sumner County: The firm of Abbott & Kelley, heretofore publishers of the Oxford Independent, has dissolved and J. L. Abbott will continue the business.

Phillips County: The Kirwin Chief has changed its firm name to McBride Brothers,...W. H. McBride having taken an interest in that paper.


Press changes:: Lyon County: Clark & McCrary are p ...
November 3, 1877, The Industrialist (ID 1654)

Press changes:

Lyon County: Clark & McCrary are publishing the Enterprise at Hartford.

Montgomery County: Jas. G. Lowbridge takes editorial charge of the Independence Courier, Frank C. Scott, publisher.

Jefferson County: A. S. Patrick, an old Kansan and printer, has bought the Kansas New Era from A. W. Moore, Valley Falls.

Barton County: J. B. Fugate becomes sole editor and proprietor of the Arkansas Valley Democrat, heretofore published by Fugate & Smythe, Great Bend.

Editorial courtesy -- It is so natural and almost inevitable for papers published in the same community to hate and abuse each other, especially when of opposite political parties, that the genial congratulations so handsomely given by the Atchison Champion to the Atchison Patriot, upon the enlargement of the latter, are peculiarly refreshing....

Nobody questions the earnestness of Col. John A. Martin's republicanism or of Mr. Park's democracy....When, in the heat of a local campaign, the Champion went out of the ordinary road to welcome the prosperity of the Patriot, it did a manly thing in a courteous way....

"The Patriot, since its present managers assumed charge of it, has been the most ably edited and enterprising Democratic newspaper ever published in this city. Mr. Park is a vigorous and fluent writer, and Mr. Vandegrift is an industrious and capable local itemizer. Our relations with them have been exceedingly pleasant...."


Press changes:: Washington County: E. N. Emmons, a ...
November 10, 1877, The Industrialist (ID 1655)

Press changes:

Washington County: E. N. Emmons, an experienced editor, starts the Washington County Sun at Hanover. It takes the place of the Independent.

Edwards County: Milbourne M. Lewis, editor, and F. P. Hallowell, publisher, have started the Valley Republican at Kinsley. It is a 28-column paper.

Shawnee County: S. A. Felter, editor, and George W. Martin, publisher, have begun the publication of the Educational Calendar, a monthly devoted to the educational interests of Kansas.


Leavenworth County: We have received the third num ...
November 17, 1877, The Industrialist (ID 1659)

Leavenworth County: We have received the third number of the Central Record, Rev. J. B. Hardwicke, editor, and S. P. Hardwicke, publisher, Leavenworth...issued monthly and devoted to the interests of the Baptist churches of Kansas.


Press changes:: Reno County: N. C. Boles has sold ...
December 1, 1877, The Industrialist (ID 1662)

Press changes:

Reno County: N. C. Boles has sold the Hutchinson Interior to S. W. Hardy. It is stated that J. W. Kanaga will swing the editorial pen.

Jackson County: The Holton Argus, having got tired of taking wood (that never came) for subscriptions, has suspended publication.


...Three new papers have appeared, each of which i ...
January 26, 1878, The Industrialist (ID 1677)

...Three new papers have appeared, each of which is well gotten up:

Ford County: The Ford County Globe, Dodge City. D. M. Frost and W. N. Murphy.

Jackson County: The Holton Signal, Holton. Fairchild & Sargent.

Pottawatomie County: The Chief, St. Marys. Evans & Linn.

Shawnee County: The Churchman, Rev. H. H. Loring, editor, has suspended.


We have received the first number of the Highland ...
February 9, 1878, The Industrialist (ID 1681)

We have received the first number of the Highland Sentinel, G. F. Hammar, editor and proprietor, with a six-column paper well gotten up.


The oldest newspaper -- There has been lately disc ...
November 27, 1880, The Industrialist (ID 2035)

The oldest newspaper -- There has been lately discovered, in the library of the University of Heidelberg, a copy of a newspaper which proves to be the oldest periodical of which there is now any certain knowledge. It is a quarto volume, bearing the date 1400, and is supposed to have been printed by John Carolus of Strasburg. The paper was issued weekly, each number consisting of two sheets. It was mainly occupied with letters from correspondents in adjoining states, which were contributed regularly. The letters from Vienna were about eight days on the route, from Venice 14 to 17 days, and from Rome 21 days. When the matter contained in the letters, together with the news retailed at second hand, failed to fill the sheet, the remaining space was left blank. Intelligence of every sort found a place in the journal. Among the most interesting occurrences noted was the manufacture of the telescope by Galileo....The news received from Prague affords a disturbed picture of plunder and murder in that city.... -- Exchange.


We frequently receive letters from editors in diff ...
October 7, 1882, The Industrialist (ID 2201)

We frequently receive letters from editors in different parts of the state inquiring for young men to work in printing offices. One man wants a hand who has had some experience in the printing business and who is large enough to run a hand press; and he is willing to pay such a man from $3 to $5 per week. This is only one of the many instances where editors wish to pay less than will decently support a hand. A good compositor, a good pressman, or a good job printer will everywhere command fair wages; but wages are not sufficiently high to induce young men to complete the trade by giving several years of gratuitous labor. Many young men will accept such a situation only until they can find a position which will pay them better. In this way beginners are constantly kept in the offices, and poorly printed papers are forever the result. It pays just as well to have neatly printed papers as neatly printed books; and we think the Winfield Courier, Winfield Telegram, Junction City Union, Troy Chief and others can testify to this fact. -- Supt. Thompson, KSAC Printing Department.


Neat newspapers -- We have noticed that during a h ...
March 10, 1883, The Industrialist (ID 2222)

Neat newspapers -- We have noticed that during a heated political campaign a great many papers spring up all over the state. Although these talk as though they had come to stay in the field of journalism, they do not long survive the close of the campaign, and it is probable that they have no real idea of doing so; at least, they are not very free with money in establishing their offices, but buy up enough cheap second-hand material to barely "squeeze" a paper out in some shape....We do believe that many more of them would live and become good papers if more pains was taken with the typography. Some of the papers that appeared in the late campaign were as hard to read as the average editor's manuscript. The type was worn out, the press-work was miserable, and the poorest ink was put on until they resembled an auction-sale poster. Ciphers were used for o's, inverted q's for b's, ditto p's for d's, etc. On the whole, such a paper is disgraceful to its owner, and is what printers call a "blacksmith job." The neat appearance of a country paper will go farther toward making it a success than the profoundest editorials.... -- Superintendent Thompson, KSAC Printing Department.


1883: Suggestions to young printers -- If every pr ...
June 9, 1883, The Industrialist (ID 2235)


Suggestions to young printers -- If every printing office were supplied with an American Printer or a Harpel's Typograph, this article would be unnecessary; but, as the former is not often to be found in offices, and the latter, we believe, is out of print, a few remarks on some of the most common errors in composing type may not be out of place.

Anybody can tell a nicely printed page from a poorly printed one at a glance, but cannot always tell why it is so. The composing, make-up, press work and inking each have not a little to do with the appearance of printed matter...In this article, we wish to speak of the composing only....In our experience,...there is an inclination for the learner to keep his eye on the types in the stick, and fumble around promiscuously in a box for another one. If this practice is kept up, no great rapidity can ever be gained. When reaching for a type, the eye should be on a certain one, noticing the position it has in the box, and it can then be properly placed in the stick without a second look. This will save many moves....This fact is unknown to many compositors who are older hands, but who find it tiresome work to set even eight thousand ems a day.

Following this...would be the proper spacing and justification. This matter of even spacing is one of importance....It is a common practice...to allow their type to be put up in any shape. The compositors get careless, and, after setting all the words possible in a line, begin doubling the 3-em space from the right side of the stick back toward the left until the line is tight. This will cause the right side of the page to appear more open than the other....In fat type, an em-quad between words is sometimes necessary, but its use as a space should be avoided as much as possible....These remarks on spacing and justification are especially applicable to the job compositor.... -- Supt. George F. Thompson, KSAC Printing Department.


1883: The agricultural press -- About a hundred ye ...
August 18, 1883, The Industrialist (ID 2243)


The agricultural press -- About a hundred years ago, Arthur Young conducted a pioneer agricultural gazette in England, and gave the first great impulse which has gradually rendered the farm practice of Great Britain a pattern for all countries, and made the farmers and (more slowly) their laborers intelligent men.

General Washington was then a farmer, and his correspondence with Arthur Young is the matter of a very interesting book. But Mr. Young was sneered at at home, because he was not himself a successful farmer -- probably because his time was absorbed in travel, interview and constant work at the desk.

Modern agricultural papers do not depend upon their editors for much more than wise discrimination. They are vehicles for the expression of the opinions of their readers, who are in one sense a club, and who are every year more and more able and ready to take part in the written discussions. As another has said: "The isolated farmer needs this means of association with others, and his ideas are sharpened and cleared by joining in the discussions...." -- Country Gentleman.


1883: We have before us No. 2 of the Western Centr ...
September 22, 1883, The Industrialist (ID 2248)


We have before us No. 2 of the Western Central Kansas Cow-Boy, published at Sidney, Ness County. The name is as mysterious as it is lengthy....However, the name is as nothing compared with the fearful and wonderful combination of scroll and flourishes which corral it in the first page. Nevertheless, the Cow-Boy is a well gotten up paper, full of Western stock news....We hope that this may prove to the editor, Col. S. S. Prouty, the most profitable of all the many moves that he has made in the newspaper line.


1883: Celluloid plates -- Instead of the usual ste ...
December 15, 1883, The Industrialist (ID 2263)


Celluloid plates -- Instead of the usual stereotype, Munn & Co. of New York send to those papers who advertise their business a celluloid plate. The use of this material in connection with the printing business is of late origin, yet it has already proved so valuable that the celluloid process has been adopted by some London papers.

It seems that this process will prove more satisfactory than stereotypes. The subjoined extract from the British Colonial Printer and Stationer will answer many inquiries about this invention:--

"The ingredients of the mould are yellow oxide of lead and glycerin, forming a semi-fluid paste, which is applied to the surface of the type. The matrix is placed with its face upward, on the bed of a powerful press, and on this matrix a heated sheet of celluloid about three-sixteenths of an inch thick is laid, and the platen of the press brought down, which results in a perfect fac simile being obtained upon the celluloid. The plates, when taken from under the casting-press, are ready to be printed from.

"Whereas a good electrotype from a wood-block generally requires an average of six hours, a cast in celluloid can be got in less than one hour. The celluloid blocks are said to save time in making ready, to be especially easy to handle, and to be very tough. They are not affected by acids, and colored inks may be used with them. They do not corrode, and are so elastic that they may be bent around small cylinders."


Our newspapers -- There are published in the Unite ...
June 7, 1884, The Industrialist (ID 2288)

Our newspapers -- There are published in the United States and Territories, at present, 12,671 newspapers and periodicals, of which 1,178 are dailies, 9,492 weeklies and 1,427 monthlies, the remaining 574 being divided between quarterly, bi-monthly, semi-monthly, semi-weekly and tri-weekly publications. Of the states, New York has the largest number, 1,523; and Delaware the smallest, 31....Of the whole number -- 12,671 -- published, 87 are devoted to agriculture and kindred topics; 674 to religion; 56 to medicine; 306 to education; 86 to secret orders and societies; 87 to science.

Of the 420 papers published in Kansas, 10 are devoted to religion; 1 to medicine; 7 to education; 3 to secret orders and societies; and 6 to agriculture and kindred subjects.... -- Supt. Graham, KASC Printing Department.


The printing department -- When students begin the ...
October 25, 1884, The Industrialist (ID 2303)

The printing department -- When students begin the study of printing they also begin the study of punctuation with "Wilson's Treatise on Punctuation" as the textbook. A majority of those who choose printing do so for the drill they receive in punctuation, and not with the intention of making printers of themselves....

Those who intend to make printing a business after they leave college are encouraged to practice all they can in afternoons....The advanced students are given work on the Industrialist....They also do the work on pamphlets, catalogues, books of all kinds....

The printing department is better equipped than most of the country printing offices. We have about 300 pounds Roman Brev., 100 pounds Roman Nonp., 200 pounds Roman Wm. Pica, 18 pounds Roman L.P. The Long Primer is used by beginners only, and in this way the other type is saved from the unskilled hands of the learner. With the Long Primer, we have an excellent font of piece fractions, algebraic signs, and accented letters. This font gives an opportunity for practice that can be had in comparatively few offices....All body fonts in the office have Italic of the same body.

We have also 68 fonts of neat plain job type,...enabling us to do nearly all the job work for the College, as well as a means of illustration. Our press-work is done on a Country Babcock press and a 7x11 Old Style Gordon job press. Both of these presses are new. A Franklin paper cutter and a proof press are two more important pieces of machinery. -- Supt. Thompson, KSAC Printing Department.


Concerning editors and printers -- There is a clas ...
November 20, 1884, The Industrialist (ID 2306)

Concerning editors and printers -- There is a class of editors in this western country who think they can employ good printers at very low prices. They often do employ printers at wages ranging from $5 to $9 a week, but it is seldom that good printers can be had at such low prices.

...When printers work by the week, they are expected to know more about the business than a journeyman, who works by the "piece." A good printer...ought to be able to earn $10 a week at the case -- and composition is about the simplest kind of work about a printing office; so when a person is expected to know this, as well as proofreading, imposition, press-work and job work, it is evident that he ought to receive better pay....No man can satisfactorily clothe and feed a family, pay house rent and provide fuel, at $8 a week.

...The leading editors, intellectually and financially, are those who were first printers. Franklin, Garrison, Greeley and Weed were practical printers....One thing is certain. A politician-lawyer-editor, with the help of $6 printers, can never make either money or a reputation. -- Supt. Thompson, KSAC Printing Department.


Vol. 1, No. 1 of the Western School Journal, edite ...
February 21, 1885, The Industrialist (ID 2317)

Vol. 1, No. 1 of the Western School Journal, edited by Ex-State Superintendent H. C. Speer, and published by the Kansas Educational Publishing Company, Topeka, has reached our reading table....The number before us is a handsome quarto and well printed....Being a lineal descendant of Prof. B. Davis's Educationalist and Prof. Hoss's Educationist, it should inherit the good will of the teachers of Kansas....