Articles in database from Concordia Expositor: 22
The Arkansas Valley Editorial Association met in Great Bend Saturday....The following, among other topics, were discussed: Reform in spelling, the use of capitals, should advertisements calculated to deceive or humbug the public be permitted in the columns of our papers? Senator Plumb addressed the association on the duties and responsibilities of the fraternity. The next meeting of the association will be at Larned January 25, 1880.
A. B. McNab, perhaps better known here as "Kickapoo," traveling correspondent for the Western News of St. Joe, and one of the best writers in the state, took us by surprise yesterday. He was out writing up the Central Branch and the towns along this road.
Two tramp printers have been arrested in Fort Scott on suspicion of having set fire to the Cherryvale Globe office.
The residence of the editor of the Marysville News was burglarized by a fool...who found nothing but a railroad pass.
A general encounter took place on the 7th at the courthouse in Concordia between Hagaman of the Blade and Paradis of the Expositor. The former was roughly handled. The cause was an article which appeared in the Blade of Friday.
We have received a copy of Emmons & Goody's Washington County Answer, a seven column folio, full of valuable information concerning Washington County....
The Lincoln County Argus has ceased to be, having been purchased by W. S. Wait and the name changed to the Lincoln County Beacon. The Beacon, dated March 25th, has the names of W. S. and Anna C. Wait, editors, and A. H. Wait, local editor and publisher.
The State Historical Society has procured from Frank A. Root a bound file of the Quindaro Chindowan published in 1857-8.
The latest addition to the Kansas press is the Ottawa Leader, a democratic weekly published by Jos. Warren Ozias.
A dispatch from Parsons dated the 19th says: The Neosho Valley Press Association met yesterday with a full attendance....Jacob Stotler of Emporia was elected president, J. M. Caveness of Chetopa vice-president, Leroy Armstrong of Burlington secretary. The next meeting will be at Emporia the second Thursday in November.
Wild Shooting -- Special to the Kansas City Times
Leavenworth, May 26 -- At two o'clock this afternoon, our city was thrown into a fearful state of excitement by the shooting of one of the most prominent lawyers...of the entire state of Kansas. This was Lucien Baker, a young man whose prospects for the future were at the very brightest.
The other party shot seriously was a young, single man named John Douglas, who is employed in the Times as collector and assistant bookkeeper.
The state of the affair is about this: The other day (Monday) D. R. Anthony, at the bond meeting at the Court House, pitched into Tom Thurston (who is known and remembered as the party who shot W. W. Embry on New Year's Day last) without any cause, it is said, and abused him severely.
This, of course, aroused Thurston but no trouble ensued then. However, this afternoon when Anthony came across the street near the southeast corner of Fourth and Delaware streets, Thurston aimed at him with a long range revolver and shot twice at him, but missed him.
The first shot took effect on John Douglas, who was passing at the time near Anthony, and went into his left ear and came out at the back of his neck, struck Pemberton & Co's shoe store plate glass window, and went into the window casing.
The second shot went down the street more than an entire block and struck Lucien Baker on the side and through his lungs. Baker was standing in front of the telegraph office on Delaware street, between Third and Fourth.
Baker was immediately taken into Humphrey's drug store, right opposite, and his family summoned, as he was thought to be fatally hurt. Douglas was taken into Dodsworth's book store, a few doors east of the locality where the shooting occurred. The physicians pronounce Douglas slightly hurt.
Anthony fled after the shots were fired into the dental rooms of Dr. McNary, where he remained a few minutes, then went into the book store where Douglas was taken. Thurston immediately got into a hack and drove to the police headquarters, whence he gave himself up.
Everyone regrets that two peaceful citizens should be slaughtered for Anthony's sake, as no doubt it was all intended for him. A great deal of talk of lynching was heard, but cooler headed persons were not in favor of any such proceeding....The latest news of Baker's condition is that he is dying and bleeding internally.
The indignation is greater against D. R. Anthony than against Thurston. Lucien Baker, the wounded man, was Thurston's lawyer and best friend, and was considerably over 500 feet away when shot. Anthony gratuitously and indecently abused Thurston at the meeting on Monday afternoon, when Thurston was sitting quietly, looking on like any other gentleman, and the best citizens said, then and there, that had Thurston shot him on the spot he would have served him right.
When some persons cried "hang Thurston," the great bulk of the people replied, "If there is to be any hanging, hang the cause of this thing -- D. R. Anthony!" The indignation against Anthony knows no bounds, and the universal sentiment is that Leavenworth will never become quiet until Anthony leaves it. For the past 20 years he has been the cause of more turmoil, outrages, indecency, and murder than any man in the state. His disposition is fiendish and bloodthirsty, and he is ever plotting mischief and inciting agitation.
Thurston has no friends here. He is a deadhead, treacherous, unworthy and incapable of gratitude. But in this manner, had he shot the man he aimed at, there would not have been a ripple of excitement.
Mr. Baker has been carried home on a stretcher. He can hardly live, as the ball went in on his left and came out on his right side. He was the brightest lawyer in the state of his age, genial and universally popular. The agony of his young wife and children melted all hearts.
D. R. Anthony's account (Associated Press report)
Leavenworth, May 26 -- Thomas C. Thurston, of this city, who killed his partner Embry on the first of January last and was acquitted about a month ago, assaulted D. R. Anthony, editor of the Times, on the street today.
He fired twice, both shots missing Anthony, but one struck John P. Douglas, a young man employed in the business department of the Times office, going through his ear and inflicting a painful but not dangerous wound.
The other ball struck Lucien Baker, who was standing upon the sidewalk in the middle of the next block, about 600 feet distant from Thurston, striking him in the left side, about two inches below the nipple, and passing clear through his body and through his arm. Baker was at first thought to be fatally wounded, but his physicians believe now he will recover.
Thurston, who is a desperate and worthless fellow, had been seeking for an opportunity to assault Anthony for several weeks past, and today when he met Anthony on the street, and after going some 15 or 20 feet past him, drew a large navy revolver and commenced firing. Anthony did not look around, and both shots were fired directly at his back.
...Mr. Baker is a prominent attorney of this city, and is the one who defended Thurston and cleared him when he was tried for the murder of Embry. There was great excitement on account of the affair, and the officers of the law had to secrete Thurston and run him out of town to prevent the people from taking him into their own hands and administering summary justice.
This week's issue, we believe, ends the connection of H. E. Smith with the Concordia Empire. For nearly eight years, brother Smith has labored earnestly to permanently establish the Empire, and he did not miss it very much. He has labored until his health has almost completely left him, and today he is forced to leave the paper to which he has devoted so much time and care, and engage in a business that will allow him to be outdoors more....
The Kansas City Journal, the best and most reliable newspaper in the Missouri Valley, can boast of being printed on one of the best presses in the world -- a Scott press. The machine is said to cost $20,000.
When a newspaper man can find something in his exchanges worth stealing, then is the "winter of his discontent made glorious summer." But when a diligent search fails to develop a "single clam," he goes to the old copy barrel and draws out a long communication on "the financial situation," or a poem on "glorious spring," and orders it to be "set up leaded."
Non-paying newspapers -- It may be interesting to many, who believe the most rapid road to wealth is in the publication of a newspaper, to learn that those familiar with the subject estimate that, in the state of Kansas, there are not more than a half dozen weekly newspapers which pay more than fair living expenses to the proprietors....The encouragement given by local politicians for the establishment of innumerable publications where there is no business to warrant it is the cause of the unhealthy competition which cripples most of the legitimate enterprises of county newspaper publishers. One well supported newspaper is of greater value to a county in aiding in the settlement and development of the county than a half dozen papers leading a sickly existence. It is alike a bad policy to starve a country editor or preacher. Neither can render good service in his calling if compelled to devote his best energies to devise means for keeping soul and body together. -- Kansas City Journal.
The Helm-Jenkins libel suits have been settled and there is peace....Mr. Jenkins has made the amende honorable and Mr. Helm has withdrawn his suit....Both are young men and have too useful a future before them to justify them in harboring ill-feelings toward each other. Mr. Jenkins retracts, in the columns of the Pioneer, the charges published about Mr. Helm. -- Kirwin Chief.
M. L. Sears, our typo, and one of the best printers in the northwest, left Saturday morning for Cawker City to take charge of the Journal.
Maj. J. L. Bittinger will soon go to Kansas City to assume the position of editor in chief of the Journal in place of Col. Van Horn, who will take a recess of a few months before going to congress. We are sorry to lose the Major as a Concordian....He is a man of ability, well posted in general matters, a good writer, and an old journalist, having occupied the editorial chair of the St. Joseph Herald for a long time.
Noble Prentis, the noble associate editor of the Champion, canvassed Concordia thoroughly Monday, taking notes with the intention of writing up Concordia....He, at the same time, sold over 40 copies of his book, entitled "Southern Letters." The number of books he sold here exceeds the number sold in any other town yet, except Atchison and Topeka.
Valedictory -- It is not without a feeling of deep regret that I allow the Expositor to pass into the hands of a successor. Circumstances over which I had no control alone could force me to take such a step but, when the worst must come, I stand ready to receive it. For six long years, I have labored earnestly to establish the Expositor and make it self-sustaining, and I am glad to say that the business men of Concordia and the citizens generally have responded to my efforts by a most liberal patronage....The next number of the Expositor, which will be the first of the seventh year, will be the work of W. E. Reid.... -- Respectfully, J. S. Paradis.
Salutatory -- With this number the subscriber assumes editorial control of the Expositor, having purchased the establishment and good will of the same from J.S. Paradis....The Expositor will labor to promote the interests of Concordia, and of Cloud and adjoining counties....It will earnestly advocate the cause of the Republican Party, the grand old party of freedom and union.... -- Very truly yours, W. E. Reid.
Our old friend, J. S. Paradis, having dropped the editorial harness, and shaken himself free of the cares of newspaper life, goes forth to make his fight for the office of register of deeds of Cloud County.
Here is what some of our neighbors say of us:
...Everybody in northern Kansas knows Billy Reid. He has been county clerk and county treasurer of his county, serving two terms in each office. For quite a while he was agent for the Central Branch road at Concordia. At present he is a member of the firm of Patrick & Reid, one of the leading mercantile firms of Concordia.... -- Kirwin Chief.
The Marysville Signal, a new and handsome eight-page paper..., is received this week. A. E. Powers, the editor and proprietor, is an old newsman....He says that he has located at Marysville after a careful survey of Kansas generally.
L. D. Reynolds has sold the Review (Mankato) to M. Winsor, an old newspaper man.
The Beloit Democrat has been sold to F. W. Hiddleson....J. B. Chapman, its former editor, is now one of the editors of the Topeka Democrat.
The Cloud County Kansan, the very latest out, is the new paper at Jamestown. Frank P. Kellogg announces himself as editor, says the Kansan will be Republican in politics....It is a neat six-column folio.
It is some comfort to publishers of Kansas newspapers to know the high opinion that a competent critic has of them. Noble Prentis pays them the following compliment in an article entitled "Our Exchanges."
There lies on the table a great pile of exchanges, nine out of ten of them being Kansas newspapers. They come in by handfuls on Thursday, and by armfuls on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Monday a few papers from the remote districts come in....The most peculiar thing about our exchanges is their individuality, a newspaper has a look of its own like a human being....Taking the 200 Kansas exchanges which pile on the Champion's table every week, most are excellent in their vocations. There are not over three or four that may be set down as absolutely worthless....The newspaper controversies are not so virulent as formerly, and there is more and more a tendency to careful editing....To sum it up, we doubt if another state in the Union, other things being equal, can show as good a lot of papers at the Champion's exchanges.
Geo. W. Wood retires from the editorship of the Kirwin Chief and is succeeded by Tom G. Nicklin, late of the Downs Times.