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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

Daily Capital

Articles in database from Daily Capital:    42

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April 21, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 5978)

Vol. 1, No. 1. Hudson & Ewing, editors and proprietors. Office with the Kansas Farmer Steam Printing House, two doors north of Tefft House. Subscription price 10 cents per week, delivered through post office or by carrier.

To Our Readers. We do not feel called upon to make an apology for the publication of the Daily Capital. We have long believed, and do now believe, that a well made, carefully edited paper giving complete news of the day in a condensed form, consistent in its course and principles, with a will, an independence and opinions of its own, published at a low, popular price, would meet with a warm and hearty encouragement in this community and secure many friends and readers throughout the state....Upon public questions, state or national, the Capital will speak as a Republican....

The Daily Capital goes to press with over 1,200 bona fide paying subscribers within the corporate limits of the city of Topeka. Our exchanges are not included in the above number.

 

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April 23, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 5979)

The Birth of the Capital.

...Monday was a busy epoch at the establishment of Hudson & Ewing. In the spacious front editorial room, new faces were seen at desks hitherto unoccupied, and in the composing room an unusual number of hands were working at the cases. A large table stood in the middle of the front office, about which were seated the canvassers for the evening daily, and double their number of small boys, all very busy with pencils and blank books transferring names from the canvassers' lists to carriers' books. Other small boys ambitious of a job, but whose applications had not been definitely accepted, sat about on piles of newspapers and stacked-up agricultural volumes, and waited with Micawber-like philosophy for what might turn up or, when the quiet they had to maintain became too much for them, relieved their pent-up feelings by a rush into the street, returning again later refreshed for the endurance of another season of dull decorum.

Proof and copy passed back and forth between the editorial and composing rooms at a lively rate, and men with locals and advertisements came and went. There was a great accession of business in an establishment always busy. In time, it was the day announced for the first appearance of the Daily Capital and all this extraordinary stir was premonitory of the coming event.

Every possible preparation had been made to insure the early going to press of the Capital, so that the initial number should meet the eyes of its 1,200 subscribers in that genial hour of the day when the tea table is spread and the mild influence of the cup that cheers and not inebriates disposes the mind to a cordial welcome and kindly criticism. But in spite of every effort and precaution, things could not, on the first day, work with the completeness and system that comes after a little practice. Then the matter for publication came in irregularly, necessitating constant rearrangement of the forms. Valuable matter already in type had to be taken out to give place to more important subjects.

Finally, when at six o'clock the forms were made up, and the paper went to press, there were lying in type, unused, two and a half columns of advertisements, the court notes, and the letter from Wyandotte that appeared yesterday.

The running of 2,000 papers and the folding and distributing of the same are not a long job with the facilities at this office, and they were done with all possible dispatch, but with the best efforts it was quite dark before the carriers could receive their 1,200, and be dispatched with their bundles. The routes were traveled for the first time, the business was new to most of the boys, and with the disadvantage of darkness it was impossible to deliver the papers at a practicable hour. About a quarter of the papers were delivered that night and then at a late hour the boys gave it up and went home to bed.

Yesterday morning, the boys were started around early with the papers, but they could not deliver any considerable part of them before they were obliged to return to the office and finish the making out of their imperfect lists, at which they worked with the same industry displayed the day before. Things went on without any serious drawback but there was still a certain amount of friction through the newness of organization of the Capital's force, and the paper went to press at half past four p.m., an hour later than the time it is hoped hereafter it will maintain. The boys rattled around lively with the papers and distributed most of them, but the learning of a new route, like the building of Rome, is not the affair of a day; and at nine o'clock they ceased their labors with 150 papers still undistributed.

Today they have been out to deliver the remainder, and this evening, if human efforts can accomplish it, the Capital will be left at the door of every one of its subscribers. They have fully appreciated the difficulties under which a new paper makes its advent and, without exception, have accepted good humoredly its failure to reach them with promptness in the beginning. It is intended that hereafter their patience shall be subjected to no such test. And now, after these hitches inevitable in the first editions, the Daily Capital is today an existing fact and with 1,200 subscribers in Topeka, a growing out-of-town list, and columns overflowing with advertisements, may fairly be said to have begun its career under as good auspices as could be desired.

 

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April 26, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 5981)

The increase in the size of the Capital next week will make it the best and cheapest newspaper published in the West, at the low price of 10 cents per week. We wish our readers to understand that the 10 cents per week is not a mere bait, or that the price will be advanced. A good paper can be made at that price, enabling everybody to have the news, and we intend to prove it.

 

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May 5, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 5982)

Newton, May 3, 1879. The Arkansas Valley Editorial Association held their quarterly meeting in this city today and was largely attended. J. S. Collister of the Harvey County News is president, and Mr. Morgan of the Florence Herald is secretary. Considerable business was transacted and much enthusiasm prevailed....After the routine of business was completed, the association passed a resolution calling upon the committee at Topeka to use every effort to send immigrants in the Arkansas Valley, irrespective of color, race or former positions in life....The meeting adjourned to meet at Sterling in July....H.A.C.

 

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May 6, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 5983)

The New Enterprise, published by D. O. McCray, Douglas, Butler County, is received. It is an 8-column folio, auxiliary outside.

Another new claimant for popular favor is the Madison News, published by W. O. Lunsford, Madison, Greenwood County.

The Seneca Tribune by Wren & Clawson of Seneca has been received.

Gentlemen, permit us to say that those who win in the newspaper business do so by persistent hard work, keeping their feet under their desks making a paper worth the money asked for it. Publishers and editors who talk politics all week and send their subscribers a poorly printed and a worse edited paper don't fool anybody. They usually fail, as they deserve to....

Rev. T. W. Henderson, editor of the Colored Citizen, is an intelligent and as earnest a friend of the race as there is in Kansas or anywhere else....

 

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May 13, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 5985)

As soon as the material arrives from the type foundry, which will be about June 1st, the Daily Capital will be enlarged to a seven column paper....

On July 1st, the proprietors of this paper will begin the publication of the Weekly Capital. Price $1 per year. The Weekly Capital will contain the best news, local and telegraphic, state and general, which is published in the daily....The Weekly Capital, The Kansas Farmer, and The American Young Folks will be sent to one address for one year for $3.

The Madison News is the name of a new paper edited and published by W. O. Lunsford, Madison, Greenwood County.

 

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May 16, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 5987)

We have received the first number of a new publication called the Wellington Semi-Weekly Vidette, published at Wellington, in Sumner County, by Quigley & Leonard. The salutatory says the paper will be Democratic.

 

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May 21, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 5988)

The Western Star is the title under which a new Republican paper at Hill City, Graham County, launches forth into journalism....It is a handsome five column folio....Graham is a new county....

The Belleville Telescope, a fine representative of the vigor and growth of northwestern Kansas, came out last week enlarged to an eight column paper.

The Pearlette Call, a new paper of Meade County, with A. Bennett as editor, has the following to say for itself: "Brethren of the Kansas press, greeting! We come to your cutting rather a sorry figure, we know. To be candid, we admit that you could say nothing too mean of our sheet; we could say amen to anything you might say...."

 

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May 22, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 5989)

Whenever there is room for a paper, one can be made to live, if it gives the news, but a man cannot 'crowd in' upon a field already fully occupied, in any line of business, unless he is prepared to give the public something a little better than is offered by any of his competitors. Nevertheless, men continue to disregard this fact, and every day we hear of papers being started in fields already overcrowded, which have no reasonable hope of ever becoming newspapers, and after running for a few months the proprietors find that they have expended what little money they had, and have nothing to show for it - but some valuable experience. - Leavenworth Times.

There is a good deal of senseless twaddle abroad about this overcrowding of the newspaper field. Who is to say whether the field is overcrowded, the man who occupies it with a paper already established or the man who starts the new one? We have heard of proprietors of stale, stupid newspapers say that the newspaper field was overcrowded, when they had no comprehension of the field and its demands or the making of a first class paper. Nobody has a patent right or a pre-emption claim in the newspaper field any more than the merchant, the grocer or the tailor has in his line of business....Regarding the character of papers, whether they are or are not newspapers, the public that buys and pays for them decides, and not self-sufficient newspaper makers....

The people of Salina feel slighted because our agent was so long in reaching them, so they didn't give the Capital much of a boost; 131 names were all we get from there as a starter.

 

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May 23, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 5990)

The Leavenworth Times, Atchison Champion, Kansas City Journal and Kansas City Times are in a wrangle about their circulation. Each one claims to have the largest edition, and just which ones are lying, and to what extent, it is impossible to tell, as none of them have the courage to state exactly their bona fide editions for each day as is done by the Capital....Papers can easily set at rest all doubts as to the circulation if they will publish their bona fide editions and support the same if necessary with an affidavit....The market value of advertising space is based upon the circulation, and the business man who pays for 1,000 or 2,000 circulation when the paper has only 500 or 600 has been swindled....

 

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May 30, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 5993)

An Eagle has winged its flight and made its aerie in Lakin, Kearney County, and Taylor & Mitchell propose to see about the feathering of its nest.

Now comes the Pioneer, a new publication at Clarinda, Ness County, with F. Sheldon as the editor.

 

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May 31, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 5994)

Capt. Henry King of Topeka will have a story in the July number of Scribner's Monthly entitled "The Man With a Hobby." The same magazine has also in hand for early publication a paper by Capt. King called "Picturesque Aspects of Kansas Farming," which is to be richly illustrated with engravings of characteristic Kansas scenes.

 

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June 2, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 5995)

The postage bill of the Daily Capital paid on circulation outside of Shawnee County for the week ending May 31 was $17.24. We will wager a column of advertising space in the Capital that the above amount is more than all the daily and weekly papers published in Topeka (except the Farmer) put together, paid for the same time....

 

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June 6, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 5996)

One of the brightest of the new papers of Kansas is the Eureka Sun, which dawned upon the journalistic horizon in Greenwood County last week with W. E. Doud as editor.

 

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June 9, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 5997)

The Harvey County News passes into the hands of C. G. Coutant of the Hutchinson Interior. The retiring editor, Jno. S. Collister, wore the finest plug hat of any editor in Kansas and made the thinnest newspaper.

Mr. Clarke of the Western Spirit has sold his interest to Mr. Greason. Mr. Clarke engages in agriculture.

 

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June 11, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 5998)

Randall Bros. & Co., late proprietors of the Stockton, Rooks County, News, have sold their paper to Smith & Tremper.

 

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June 13, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6000)

Kansas Editorial Convention. The convention was called to order in the Senate Chamber by the president, Capt. Henry King, at five o'clock....John A. Martin moved that Judge Peffer be elected treasurer pro tem, which motion prevailed....The president called the convention to order in the Hall of Representatives at eight o'clock. The committee on the nomination of officers...recommended: For president, Capt. Henry King of Topeka; for vice-presidents, H. Clay Park of Atchison, John S. Gilmore of Fredonia, M. M. Murdock of Wichita, and H. E. Smith of Concordia; for treasurer, W. A. Peffer of Coffeyville; for secretary, S. S. Prouty of Junction City....The report was adopted....The proposition to go to Lawrence (for the next meeting) was then adopted....Geo. W. Reed of the Topeka Blade was introduced as the poet....

The president then introduced T. Dwight Thacher of the Lawrence Journal, who delivered the oration. Want of space prevents the production of the address entire, but we extract as follows:

If one were asked to name the two most important inventions of modern times, he would doubtless reply the art of printing and the steam engine. The latter has proved to be man's most powerful instrument in his conflict with the forces of nature; the former has vastly extended the boundaries of the intellectual realm, has stimulated the mind of man to great exertions, and has added immeasurably to the stores of knowledge possessed by the human race.

...The local gathering of news by that ubiquitous personage known as the "local reporter" is not much different as to its means and opportunities from what it was 50 years ago. The greatest development here has been in the increased scope given to his labors. But his means of work are about the same as of yore. His success depends upon his system, his industry, and last, though by no means least, his cheek. He must be nimble of foot and nimble of pen, ready to go anywhere and to gather news under however adverse circumstances....He must not be too modest; he must not wait for an introduction; he must not be afraid to ask questions. His great master and employer, the public, will pardon anything rather than a failure to get the news.

...The ideal newspaper would be the one which should give us, each morning, in compact and intelligible form, every important event which had transpired the day before on the globe. Some of our great metropolitan dailies have almost reached this achievement. The telegraph now spans the globe in every direction and reaches every civilized land. The great ocean cables connect the vast network of lines spreading over the various countries of all the continents. Of course, the mere amount of news is vastly increased by this and one great duty of the editor now is to select and cull from the huge multitude of events before him those which are of most importance or interest to his readers.

...The moral power of the press has undoubtedly been largely increased by the wide extension of its telegraphic news department. The unbiased judgment of mankind is in favor of the right and against the wrong. When, therefore, a bad man is caught in evildoing, and the news of his crime is telegraphed all over the country, he must encounter this universal judgment of his fellows....Publicity has become a great power, a power before which bad men sometimes quake when they will not quake at anything else.

Passing from this brief glance at the department of the news gathering, let us turn to that of printing. The problem before the maker of a daily newspaper is how to do a vast amount of work in a short time....

To contemplate the newspaper as an element in our modern social organization, we must not restrict our attention to its highest development as found in the great metropolitan press. This audience will certainly bear me out in saying that the country press has its place to occupy and its function to perform....It may find the capacity of the hand press, or at least of the single cylinder, ample for all its demands. It may not maintain its corps of editors and correspondents, or lay the telegraphic wires under immediate contribution for much of its news. Yet its place in the great scheme of journalism is a very important one. It is a great factor in the making up of public opinion. It resides near the sources of power....There is many a country editor who fills his own sphere quite as well as the metropolitan journalist does his....

There is a great difference between making things public and noticing things that have already become public. A judicious and right-minded editor will not seek occasions to display the wounds and bruises and putrefying sores of our common humanity to the public gaze. Still less will be go prowling around like a human hyena or jackal to gorge himself upon the moral carrion that he may find in every community. Under the thin and thoroughly hypocritical pretense of exposing vice, there are occasionally to be found editors - I am glad, for the credit of journalism, that they are rare - who show themselves to be thoroughly corrupt in heart, who become the ministers of vice, and who glory in their own shame. Their papers are a common sewer...for the garbage and excrement of a community.

...The power of the press is not as great as it ought to be. One of its chief weaknesses is its untruthfulness. People generally have the impression that newspapers speak the truth. In regard to most matters they do, but how abominably they sometimes do lie nobody knows so well as editors themselves. The well-posted politician never thinks of reading only one side. He would get tripped up fearfully if he were to do that. The temptation to be untruthful in political matters is exceedingly strong. There are first the fellows who lie because they are natural ingrained, born liars. Of this class are they who falsify and forge dispatches, who invent slanders and falsehoods, who start untrue stories, and who write the truth so as to make it tell a lie. These men lie from the love of it. Then there are those who lie through ignorance. They state false things with all the impressment and confidence of absolute verity. They copy falsehoods from the original and Simon-pure liars without taking pains to see whether they are true or false. They reiterate, parrot-like, old and exploded lies that have been exposed a hundred times. Ignorant themselves, they presume upon the ignorance of their readers. But there is the still larger class who are unconsciously untruthful. They are the men who perpetrate fallacies upon themselves - who make false issues - who fight men of straw - who argue from false promises - who draw false conclusions - in a word, who have not sufficient mental force and fairness to see and express the truth.

Of all the evils that affect the press, this evil of untruthfulness is the worst. It impairs its judgments, weakens its statements, undermines its influence. For, after all, truthfulness is the great foundation virtue of all honorable and manly character. The liar, when you get right down to the bottom of it, is one of the most despicable of creatures.

The press, in presuming first of all to give the news of the world, professes to give facts. Its value as a newspaper is based in the mind of the reader upon its supposed truthfulness....If it will publish falsehoods as facts, it will not hesitate to be equally false anywhere in the domain of journalism....

 

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June 19, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6001)

J. Edward Ewing of the Leavenworth Daily Appeal has leased his interest in the Appeal to Johnson & Baker, who "with no friends to reward or enemies to punish," will make a straight Democratic paper "but we shall at the same time leave our columns open to a fair discussion of the Greenback question and for the advancement of the workingmen of the country."

The Oberlin Herald, published by Humphrey & Counter, Decatur County, has been received as the very last newspaper birth in Kansas....Nothing more clearly marks the astonishing growth of Kansas than these new papers springing up far out in the west, where a few months or a year since there was not a human habitation.

The Kingman Mercury, published by J. C. Martin of Kingman, has enlarged to a seven column paper. To show the clear grit it requires to start a paper on the prairie, we give the words of the editor in the issue of the 12th: "One year ago, we bought a few pounds of type and a small press and commenced the publication of the Mercury. At that time, the town of Kingman consisted of five houses; the Mercury commenced as a five-column folio. Now we can count upwards of 50 (houses) and many others to go up. Kingman County had 1,500 people within her borders; at present, our population is nearly 4,000. The Mercury keeps pace with the country and increases in size. One year ago, this town consisted of a post office, store, hotel and blacksmith shop. Now we have drug stores, dry goods houses, groceries, hardware, etc.; two of the best hotels west of Topeka; and a large flouring mill that will be in operation in time to handle a good portion of the crop that our thrifty farmers are now harvesting. When we proposed starting a newspaper out on what was, comparatively, an open prairie, we were laughed at and the idea of its successful publication for a period of 12 weeks was ridiculed. Many of our most earnest friends seemed to doubt its success. But the Mercury has been published one year with a small outlay and an immense amount of hard work. To tell a practical printer the exact amount of printing material with which this paper was started would be to create a doubt in his mind as to our ability to tell the plain, unvarnished truth. But we started with four fonts of display type, 50 pounds of brevier, and an army press. By economy, perseverance and hard work, we have gathered in a pretty respectable printing office and now we have plenty of type, good presses, and nearly all that is necessary to run a first-class country newspaper and job printing office. And we are not done yet. Kingman County is a success and so is the Mercury....The first paper in Leavenworth was printed under a tree, but the first paper started in Kingman County was not, for the reason that the tree had yet to be grown. This much is a matter of history."

 

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June 24, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6003)

The Neodesha Free Press changed hands this week, Chapman Brothers selling to Geo. A. McCarter.

Once more we will hear the war whoop from Miami County. Leslie J. Perry goes back to his old camping ground to hunt coons through the Paola Citizen.

 

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June 30, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6004)

The Kansas Report, published at Louisville, passes this week into the hands of H. G. Evans,, an old newspaper man who will make the Report a live paper for the people of Pottawatomie.

 

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July 22, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6006)

Geo. P. Christie of the Kansas Sun, published at Hiawatha, having purchased the interest of E. G. Moore, the Sun will hereafter be edited and published by Mr. Christie.

Jewell County Review is the name of a new paper published at Jewell Center by Reynolds & Seymour. It is an eight-page, well-filled paper, patent inside, Democratic in politics.

 

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July 23, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6007)

Logan is situated in the southwest corner of Phillips County....Logan has a paper, as every ambitious town must have before it can thrive. Finke & Swartout began the publication of the Logan Enterprise July 11th. It is a five-column folio.

J. W. Kanaga...has purchased of Coutant & Easley the Hutchinson Interior.

 

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July 26, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6009)

How the Capital Is Printed

As a matter of interest to all our readers, we give the following description of the work on the Daily Capital. The paper is printed on a country Campbell press which is provided with springs and best attachments, giving a speed of from 1,000 to 1,200 per hour.

The inside pages of the paper are set up each evening for the succeeding day's paper. Steam is up and the press begins work at 6 o'clock each morning. The edition of 4,150 is finished by 10 o'clock, at which time the first and fourth page forms, containing telegraphic and all the local matter that can be gathered up to that time, are put upon the press and the mail edition is worked and, with the aid of ten mailers and folders, the Capital, although an evening paper, is sent out in all the mails leaving Topeka the day it is printed. From 10 o'clock a.m. until 2:30 p.m. the work is continued without interruption.

At 3 o'clock, the local page is taken from the press and all new local matter which has been collected from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. is put into the form. The city edition is then printed and distributed in Topeka by eight carriers.

This is the busy, systematic work of every day. The local news added to the city edition is put into the next day's mail edition, giving the readers outside of Topeka the same matter given in the city edition.

The first side of Kansas Farmer is printed on Monday night, the second on Tuesday night. The first side of the Weekly Capital is printed on Tuesday night after the Kansas Farmer is finished, and the last side on Wednesday night.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights are used once each month for printing the American Young Folks and at other times on these nights for such job work as may require a large press.

The continual work day and night and the otherwise crowded condition of the office has made it necessary to secure more room. A new two-story addition is now being built to our present office, into which a large, fine Cottrell & Babcock two revolution press and a new engine will be placed, which with our present presses will do the work demanded by our increasing business without the rush day and night now necessary.

 

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July 28, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6010)

The Olathe Gazette is one of the latest additions to the Kansas newspaper fraternity. It is Democratic in politics, edited and published by John Hindman.

The Wilson Echo, published by S. A. Coover, is a four-column quarto, patent inside. Mr. Coover purchased the Index office of W. M. Risley and the first issue of the Echo is before us.

 

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August 11, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6012)

The Daily Capital has a larger circulation in the city of Topeka than both the other daily papers combined. The bona fide edition printed for our subscribers each day is 4,200. This is more than 1,000 larger edition than any daily paper in Kansas prints for its subscribers. A double column advertisement for one month is offered any daily paper in Kansas that presents proof to the contrary. The postage paid on the daily circulation of the Capital averages $24 per week. This is more money than any daily west of St. Louis pays on its daily circulation. - Hudson & Ewing.

 

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August 21, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6014)

Oswego, Aug. 19th. F. B. McGill, the founder and present editor of the Oswego Independent, died yesterday morning and was buried today with Masonic honors. Mr. McGill was one of the ablest journalists in the state.

 

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August 22, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6015)

Leslie J. Perry is back in the harness once more, having purchased the Republican Citizen at Paola.

 

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August 25, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6016)

Shooting of Isaac S. Kalloch

The cold-blooded attempt on the part of Chas. De Young, one of the editors of the San Francisco Chronicle, to assassinate Rev. Isaac S. Kalloch will shock the people of Kansas, among whom Mr. Kalloch was well known....If he dies, it will be the sudden unwarranted taking off of a man in his prime, the victim of the brawling debaucheries of politics.

Mr. Kalloch's life in Kansas did not justify the expectations of his admirers or his own ambitious hopes.

When Mr. Kalloch left Boston for Kansas to fill an appointment in the Baptist Church, there trailed after him a scandal which has followed him to California and was always a black cloud hanging over him. He remained in the ministry but a short time, becoming superintendent of the LL&G railroad, then drifting into journalism in Ottawa, which had been his home during his residence in Kansas.

He started the Home Journal there, afterwards removing to Lawrence, where the firm of Thacher, Kalloch & Reynolds was formed for the publication of the Republican. After the dissolution of this partnership, Kalloch started the Spirit of Kansas, which is now published by James Stevens. During this newspaper experience, he was a member of the legislature, a candidate for congress and for the senate, and undertook to help Mr. Pomeroy.

After he sold his interest in the Spirit, he became the landlord of the Ludington House at Lawrence, bred fancy stock, traded in horses and politics. He was president of the state agricultural society and participated in the attempt to make Ex-Gov. Carney its president at thee time Gen. Strickler was elected. As president of the society, he was more ornamental than useful.

While the revivalist, Mr. Hammond, was holding meetings in Lawrence, Mr. Kalloch experienced a change of heart. His return to the church was hailed by all who knew him with pleasure, and the hope that it was the turning point towards a more useful life was expressed on every hand. He became pastor of the Baptist church in Leavenworth within a few months after this and remained there for a year and a half, or up to the time of his leaving for San Francisco, where he was offered the pastorate of a large and wealthy congregation.

During the past year, Mr. Kalloch has taken strong grounds against the Chinese and has identified himself politically with the Kearney party. His nomination for mayor by the workingmen's party brought upon him the bitter opposition of the anti-Kearney party, and all the personal abuse that has been heaped upon him, and the retaliations of his friends have brought the contest to a point where shooting was resorted to.

Mr. Kalloch was, at his best, a kingly looking man, a genial, social nature, possessing a cultured mind well stored with the richest thoughts of the best writers, ancient and modern; his speeches bore evidence of his retentive memory in the many apt quotations which garnished every effort. He had a rich, deep voice and gave his sermons and speeches the graces of good elocution. But neither his writings, speeches nor sermons, though always scholarly, were marked by originality or great strength. In all his life in Kansas, he was a failure, in business, politics and religion.

His influence in politics was always with the b'hoys and bummers, ready for any corrupt job that promised money or influence. As an editor, he made his papers for what political influence he could secure through them. To sum up the causes of Isaac S. Kalloch's failure in life to fill as high a station as his ambition aimed at, we would say that he failed in everything he undertook because he lacked courage, tenacity and a moral balance wheel. If Mr. Kalloch recovers from the cowardly attack of the assassin, his vote will no doubt be much larger than it would have been before the shooting. If elected mayor, with a Kearney majority in the legislature, the goal of his ambition, the United States Senate, will be within his reach.

 

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August 27, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6017)

Jacob Stotler, editor of the Emporia News, after expressing his regret for the shooting of Kalloch, says: He was an able man and a good preacher when he tried to be. In politics he always "stooped to conquer," but never conquered except to get into the legislature once. He was always a thorough demagogue. His nomination as a workingman's candidate simply brought ridicule upon the cause. He never did a day's work in his life; his hands were as soft as those of any lady, and he never even sympathized with workingmen. His pretenses in this direction were all for office. He always had an itching for office and was ready to do anything to get it. He hoped he could ride into power on that popular bubble in San Francisco. If he lives, his being shot will probably help him to be elected. Nobody will be sold more over his success than the laboring people.

 

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August 28, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6018)

Kansas Staats Anzeiger (Kansas State Advertiser), Vol. 1, No. 1, is the name of the new German paper published at Topeka by Schmits & Yunkermann. It is a fine nine-column paper.

 

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September 18, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6021)

No. 1 of Vol. 1 of the Lyons Republican has been received. Clark Conkling editor and proprietor, Lyons, Rice County. It is a neat seven-column patent inside.

 

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October 2, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6024)

The Topeka Daily Blade yesterday changed its name to Kansas State Journal, Alfred Sewall of Chicago purchasing a one-half interest. The new firm is Reed & Sewall.

 

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October 8, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6025)

The Monitor-Diamond of Jewell County has changed hands. M. Winsor, who has made the Diamond a good one, retires and J. Thompson & Co. become editors and proprietors.

 

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October 22, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6028)

The Lawrence Tribune has passed through another periodic change. J. E. Covel retires and N. Z. Strong becomes manager....This is not a good day with us for taffy, and we say...that the Tribune has been a dull, pointless, stupid sheet and we hope the change will be a benefit....

 

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October 23, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6029)

Rev. I. M. Kalloch, son of Rev. I. S. Kalloch, mayor-elect of San Francisco, has...accepted the position of associate pastor with his father of the Metropolitan temple of that city.

 

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October 28, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6030)

The New West is the latest newspaper in Kansas. It is published at Cimarron, Foote County.

 

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November 14, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6033)

We are in receipt of the first number of the Atwood Pioneer. It is an excellent six-column paper, carefully and well edited

 

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November 15, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6034)

Arkansas Valley Editorial Association....We find in the proceedings of the meeting at Great Bend of Nov. 8th the following: Called to order by President C. G. Coutant...at 2 o'clock p.m....C. L. Hubbs elected secretary pro tem. Roll was called and the following answered: C. G. Coutant, Newton Republican; J. W. Kanaga, Hutchinson Interior; A. J. Hoisington, Great Bend Register; Fletcher Meredith, Hutchinson News; Ed W. Wood, Lyons Democrat; C. P. Townsley, Inland Tribune; T. E. Leftwich, Larned Optic; K. Himrod, Sterling Bulletin; C. L. Hubbs, Kinsley Republican. The following new members were enrolled: L. C. Brown, Nickerson Argosy; G. A. Martin, Wichita Herald; C. L. Rood, Golden Gate; H. Inman, Larned Chronoscope; B. B. Smythe, Smythe's Heart of Kansas; and Mr. Saterwaith, Eldorado Press.

The Executive Committee submitted several subjects for debate, which were discussed by members in the order named. 1st) Use of capital letters and spelling reform by Smythe and Meredith; 2d) Should we admit advertisements, knowing the goods advertised, or the house, to be a humbug, even though regular rates are paid? by Wood, Meredith, Leftwich, Hubbs, Rood and Smythe. 3d) Should our papers be made sensational or is the use of slang terms admissible? by Kanaga and Hoisington. 4th) Tree planting along the sandhills by government or state by Wood, Coutant, Hubbs and Senator Plumb. 5th) That had our mode of cultivation been in accordance with nature as shown by experience....

 

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November 25, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6035)

S. G. Mead, formerly of the Eureka Herald, and F. S. Presbrey of Ivanpaugh, Greenwood County, have purchased the McPherson Independent.

The new society paper, the Saturday Evening Herald, published by Chas. E. Baker & Co. at Kansas City, Mo., is very bright and handsome. The editorial work is done by Miss Jennie M. Hicks. It is 12 pages, devoted to society news, literature, art, music, fashion, drama, etc.

 

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December 2, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6037)

The Brookville Independent, edited and published by Albin & Tupper, is the latest publication which has made its appearance in Kansas.

 

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December 3, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6038)

A bright seven-column newspaper, the Allen County Independent, published at Iola, comes to the front with D. C. Young as editor and proprietor.

 

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December 12, 1879, Daily Capital (ID 6040)

Newspaper co-partnerships in Topeka seem to be rather unstable at present....Yesterday, a dissolution took place in the firm of (Frank A.) Root & Irwin of the North Topeka Times, the former gentleman selling his material, interest and good will in the establishment to the junior partner, Geo. S. Irwin, who will continue to edit and publish the Times....