Cawker City Times
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The above (drawing) represents the new 10x15 Gordon job press put in the Times office yesterday. We are now fixed to do an extra good job in sale and all other kinds of bills, and of extra large size; also legal blanks of every description.
Walt Whitmore went to Kansas City Sunday morning to purchase the material for the new paper at Downs. It is said that nearly all the business men of that city are backing up the enterprise.
The new paper at Downs, with Walt Whitmore as editorial and business manager, is christened the Downs World. The first number will appear some time next week.
The Republican is the name of a new paper just started at Scott City. B. F. Rochester is the editor.
Emporia Republican: "Arthur Capper of the Topeka Capital married the lady after whom Florence, Kan., was named. She was Miss Florence Crawford, the daughter of ex-Governor Crawford, who was at that time president of the town company."
Joe Dillon, for many years a Kearney County editor, two years ago the Democratic candidate for state auditor, and now a traveling agent for the Kansas City Times, seems to have the inside track on the registership of the Garden City land office.
"John S. Parks of the Beloit Call, the Mitchell County organ of the People's Party, will go to Topeka this week to see if he can catch on to one of the positions the new state government will have to dispose of about January 5th. The Messrs. Park did good work for the cause and, as the old gentleman at the head of that paper can't get to be state printer, the son will be satisfied with some appointment." -- Atchison Champion.
The Oneida World is no more.
In Kansas there are 329 Republican, 130 People's Party and 81 Democratic newspapers. There are 792 papers and periodicals published in the state.
The Randall Exponent (People's Party) died with the beginning of the new year.
Why We Change the Makeup of the Times. The newspaper unions of the country, which furnish patent or ready-print papers to the newspaper publishers, are consolidated into a solid trust and make it their business to charge publishers extortionate prices. If we attempt to get prices reduced, we are met with the same price quotations from all the firms comprising the trust. Prices have been advanced until we, publisher of the Times, can no longer hold up under them without loss of money, hence the change this week in the makeup of the Times.
The newspaper publishers of the state are organizing a company, the object of which is to furnish themselves with ready prints at net cost.
The newspaper unions receive all the benefits of the advertising which appears on the ready print pages of the papers and these alone afford ample compensation to pay all expenses (and a profit besides) of publication. Not satisfied with the profits from advertising, they are compelling the country publisher also to pay a large profit. We are tired of this extortion and, having ample press facilities to do our own printing, we will do so until such a time when we can get ready prints at reasonable and living rates.
Gov. Lewelling appointed J. F. Todd labor commissioner, succeeding Frank H. Betton. The salary is $1,000 per annum. Todd is editor of the Industrial Advocate of Eldorado, and is a prominent Knight of Labor.
Shortly before noon a company of the Robinson Rifle Guards went up the stairs to the door of the house cloak room. Col. D. R. Anthony was in the cloak room and demanded of the captain on whose authority he was there. He replied: "Gov. Lewelling." Anthony then said: "you are in the wrong place, sir, and you must get out." As the captain made no move, Col. Anthony then addressed the company as follows: "Attention guard! right about face! march! get out of here G-d d-d you!" They got.
"No flip flopping around in size or day of publication. Thursday has been our day from the first issue, and our readers know when to look for it, and chock full of good reading matter and reliable news. Our inside pages are up to date with the latest general news, specially selected and made up to our order by our auxiliary house. No all-home-print country paper can give so much in space for the same amount of money." The above is what the Record said last week. Evidently the bright, crisp and newsy, all-home-print Times hit its editor in a tender spot. We were not aware that Bro. Alrich had a patent on Thursdays as publication day....Alrich has about as much to do with the patent news as the man in the moon. However, we have frequently heard it said that the patent side of the Record is the only thing about it really worth reading, the home-print side always being dull and a week behind the Times....The Record has "flopped" several times in its makeup, but that is not to its discredit. A wise newspaper man will publish a paper according to the demands. Last week's Times contained more local news than appears in the Record in three editions....
The Chicago Inter-Ocean is after the Type Founders' Trust and if it succeeds in breaking it up will do a benefit to the newspaper fraternity; 23 type founders, representing 85 percent of all the printing material manufactured, belong to it, while but four have thus far refused to ally themselves with it, among the four being Barnhart Bros. & Spengler of Chicago. If the newspaper publishers of the country would refuse to purchase material from houses connected with the trust, and patronize those not members of it, it would do much toward disbanding the robber combination. Every publisher in the land should assist, as much as possible, the Inter-Ocean in pulling down the unholy combination. The "ready print" combine is a trust which should be doomed to death. But, so long as the boys patronize the houses which are in the combine, just so long will it continue to rob them.
A. L. Topliff is now at work in the Smith Centre Journal office and his family will remove to that town about the 15th of next May. This is another family the people of Cawker will regret to see leave.
The editor of the Times left this morning for Topeka, where he attends the meeting tomorrow to organize a State Editorial Association. The business of the office is in the hands of our foreman, A. B. Collins.
"Every associated press paper in Kansas, we believe, except the Traveler, charges for publishing lodge, church, society and lengthy obituary notices." -- Arkansas Traveler. "And the Traveler will learn better when it gets starved to it." -- Leavenworth Times. The country press up this way charges nothing for such notices. Sometimes they are thanked for the notices and most always forgotten to be given comps until after the entertainments are over. We are not publishing a paper for money, oh no; only for the good we may do for the town, the country and the people....
The Kansas Newspaper Man. No, the Kansas newspaper is not appreciated. That is, it is not until it is bitten by the blighting frosts of financial despair and disappears. Then the citizens discover its worth and cast about to find another victim to sacrifice on the altar of their mercenary greed.
Kansas has always found a faithful friend in her newspapers. If the state was stricken with drouth the editor kept it quiet; if she was drowned by flood he had nothing to say of it. In the first place it was a "little dusty," in the other case it was a "heavy shower." The editor has always stood by the state. Often it may have lacerated his conscience to do so, but he did it just the same.
A Kansas editor has been known to make money, but that was years ago. In these days no such occurrence is likely to happen. The devil who inks the forms for $2 a week always carries more cash in his pockets than the average editor, while the foreman who works for $9 is a plutocrat beside him. With a regularity which painfully calls to his mind the speed of Father Time, his creditors' monthly bills come in, but with tardiness suggestive of a centennial anniversary his debtors' cash appears.
It is a thankless job, this running a newspaper in Kansas, but when such an intimation is made some hair-brained idiot who does not know enough to post bills, but for whom the editor has worked and lied and lost subscribers until he elected him to office, will look up from his cushioned seat and chirp, "Well, why don't you quit it, then?"
Ah, yes, why don't he quit it indeed? Because he is an honest man and can't quit. He has obligations to meet and mortgages to life, families to feed and bills to pay. If he should close up his office some night and quietly depart with his family to greener fields, as he ought to do, and shake the dust of the village he has done more to build up than any other living soul, he would be called a thief and a scoundrel by his deadhead subscribers and advertisers, and so the honest man tarries, content to be called "poor pay" and regarded as an object of charity, while he lives on the promise of the chipper office holder, who has failed to pay for his announcement card and his campaign printing, and the subscriber who owes a six-year subscription and promises to call "before long" and settle. -- Exchange.
Harry Root was in town Monday. He is still whooping 'er up for the Champion.
Walt Whitmore, the fat and muscular editor of the Downs World, called Tuesday.
Lew Headley bought an interest in the Smith Centre Pioneer, one of the oldest newspapers (and one of the best) in this section of the state. Nelson and Headley make a strong journalistic combination. Nelson is safe, conservative and sedate; Headley is bold, fearless and sharp-pointed.
Lew Headley, having bought an interest in the Smith Centre Pioneer, will give that paper his personal attention and consigns the interests of the Gaylord Herald to "the boys who have grown up in the office," Lew retaining the proprietorship of the plant....We being the founder of the Herald, our interest in its future prosperity continues.
During the past week we have made an effort to consolidate the Times and Record, but without avail, realizing that one newspaper was sufficient to do the business of the town without being a burden to the business men. Having failed in our proposition to either buy or sell, we are in Cawker to stay. -- Times.
"The above reached the undersigned while on the wing and, as the World's Fair are managing the Record during our absence, our name is attached to this that the responsibility will not be upon them. The quotation above made is in the usual style of bluster, bluff and misrepresentation by the Times editor. That course has been pursued by him ever since he landed in Cawker. Having placed himself in such a wordy, combative attitude toward the Record from its foundation, the Times was not man enough to make any such proposition personally, but made it by an agent. The proposition was to buy or sell subscription lists, not to buy the office entire, as he would intimate. The agent said the Times editor wanted to move to Boise City, Idaho, and that the list would be sold without material. So McBride wanted to force the Record to the same proposition. We replied at once the Record was not for sale; that our home is here, we liked the people and the town and our business was on a solid foundation and we proposed to stay. The desire to move to Boise City is no new idea with the Times editor; he has contemplated it for several years and now only wants a favorable opportunity to pack up and move out. And so he would try to bluster and bulldoze the Record editor into paying his moving expenses. The Record is owned in full by the undersigned; not a cent of indebtedness against it, and it was paid for by hard labor and not by inheritance. The Record is a fixture in Cawker City and, whether the Times remains or goes, our course will be the same toward the community as in the past ten years. Should occasion require, on our return, we will enlarge further on this matter. Live and let live is our motto. -- L. L. Alrich."
...Realizing that one newspaper is all that is required to do the business in Cawker, we made Mr. Alrich the following propositions: First. If he will buy our subscription list, that is make good all advance subscriptions and advance to or pay us what is due on the list from the subscribers, involving an outlay of about $225, we will box up our material and leave him the territory. Second. If he will not accept proposition 1st, we will do as follows: If he will leave us the territory, we will buy his subscription list and pay full amount due him from subscribers, make good advance subscriptions and in addition thereto make Alrich a present of $100....Do the above sound like bluff or bluster? Could they be more businesslike? The purchase of material we did not mention because he had nothing we wanted or needed and he couldn't reach this office material. Either offer was a remarkably liberal one....We have carried two-thirds of the town's patronage and our readers generally have treated us well in the nearly 14 years of newspaper work in Cawker....The Times is owned by the writer and there is not one cent's indebtedness against it. Its three presses are worth more cash than the entire Record office would bring, and with the exception of a few hundred dollars, is the product of the publisher's personal efforts and hard knocks in the newspaper business. The Times carries by far the largest circulation....And now, after you business men of Cawker have learned the facts in this matter as here given, whom of the two publishers is to be blamed for you being called upon to support two newspapers? Have we not done our duty in the premises?...
"We have just completed the sale of the Western Empire at Alton to the real estate firm of Brown & Goddard of that city, who will hereafter have full control of the business, while we will concentrate our interests in this city and devote our entire attention to the publication of the Times." -- Downs Times.
"With this issue of the Leader we are compelled to quit business and suspend publication. The cause of this action is simply this: The collections of the office for the past month have not been sufficient to pay paper bills, to say nothing of rents and grub bills. There is plenty due on the books to keep things going in good shape if those who owe would pay, but they won't. Those that we owe will accept nothing but cash, and that must be paid when due...." -- Esbon Leader.
The introduction by which W. H. Caldwell announces himself as again at the helm of the Beloit Courier smacks of an independent future course, politically, for that paper. He threatens to pull down from the head column of the Courier the names of all Republican candidates who are "not of the people and for the people...."
To Our Readers. With this issue of the Times we become its editor and publisher and will be found doing business at the old stand....It is our most earnest desire to give the people of Cawker and vicinity a paper that they may well feel proud of, and as to how far we shall succeed time alone will tell. -- A. B. Collins.
Vol. 1, No. 1 of the Glen Elder Republican is before us and is a very creditable sheet. Its appearance shows that its editor, F. F. Mende, understands his business.
W. H. Whitmore is again out of the editorial chair, having sold the Downs World to John Scott.
The Salina Republican of the 27th is printed on paper manufactured from sunflowers by the Salina paper mill. It is the first and only publication which has ever appeared in that kind of a dress.
"Speaking of the Prison Trusty, the Chicago Herald says there is a newspaper in Kansas edited by a convicted thief, whose chief assistants are a forger and a burglar, and published by a gang of known felons...." -- Capital.
A. B. Collins, editor
With this issue of the Times we cease our affiliations with the Republican Party and take up the banner of the middle-of-the-road Populist organization and will let its principles be our guide in the future. We now see that we have been asleep to our own interests as well as to those of the masses....
"Last Friday we were astounded at the manner in which our front door was banged open, and by the sudden appearance in the aperture of John W. McBride, pale as a ghost and completely out of wind, apparently having run all the way from Boise City, Idaho, his present home. Scarcely waiting to shake hands, he inquired if we had a copy of this or last week's Cawker Times, and appeared to breathe easier when we told him that we had not seen that paper for two weeks. He than sat down and with hot breath told us that he had just come in from Boise on his way to Cawker, but had to wait here for the evening train. He was nervous and excited and very much worked up over the trick that had been played on him by one Collins, to whom he had leased the Cawker Times, who last week flopped that paper over to the Populistic faith, and he had come personally to take control of it and flop it back to its natural political faith, which he will do in next week's issue and just as soon as he can get the paper out." -- Beloit Courier.
"W. H. Whitmore was taking in the sights at Hastings, Neb., last week, returning home Thursday. He got back in time to rejoice with his friends in the action of the supreme court, where the decision of the Osborne County district court, finding him guilty of libel, was reversed." -- Smith Centre Journal.
The Lebanon Criterion has been purchased by Lew Headley. He still owns the Gaylord Herald, his sons assuming control of it.
The Concordia Alliant, Ferd Prince, editor and proprietor, one of the leading Populist papers in the Fifth Congressional District, suspends publication this week. Last week Ferd said: "Most anyone knows when he has got enough. To run a People's party paper and oppose the element that is determined to run the party on ring principles is a larger job than our ability is capable of performing. There is only one of us; there is a mob of the other fellows who have been hammering the paper ever since it refused to be a ring organ and refused to give the party over to the fusion idea. Endurance cannot last forever, so the break might as well come now as at any future time. This is the last Alliant we will issue."
This is the last issue of the Times. We have sold to S. H. Dodge, editor and proprietor of the Beloit Gazette, our subscription list, who will make good all unexpired subscriptions and to whom is payable all amounts due on subscriptions. We feel that we, as well as our readers, should be congratulated upon being transferred to so prominent and excellent a newspaper as the Gazette and, while we could have realized more money from the transaction with other parties, our desire to do the best possible thing for our readers prompted us to deal with Mr. Dodge.
For several years we have realized that, through the successive failure of crops in this vicinity, and the depressed financial condition of the country, that two newspapers was a burden upon the business men of Cawker who, more or less, felt themselves under obligations to support and sustain them. And that, while we were bettering our condition financially in suspending the publication of the Times, we would also confer a favor upon the merchants....
The Gazette will be a Cawker paper as well as one for Beloit. Mrs. R. W. Snyder has been employed as editor of the Cawker Department. She is a local news gatherer and writer without a peer in Cawker and no superior in the county, and her abilities, coupled with her energy and enterprise, guarantee from the beginning the success of this feature of the Gazette....
And now comes the serious part of this, our "obituary." We must say "good by" to our many strong, faithful patrons and friends who have so faithfully stood by us during the past 14 years. We are thankful to the good people of Cawker and vicinity for the many favors extended to us and the Times family.... -- J. W. McBride.