Daily Kansas State Journal
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Formerly Topeka Daily Blade; Geo. W. Reed, Alfred L. Sewell; Reed & Sewell, editors, publishers and proprietors; official state paper; terms, daily one year $6; daily 6 months $3.25; weekly one year $1.
The Blade, with yesterday's number, closed its seventh volume and its last issue as the Topeka Blade. Making ready to open the work of a new volume, enlarged and improved, under new management, and with a new name, a few words of prospect and retrospect are due to our readers and friends.
The undersigned purchased the Blade at a time when all the business interests in the country were greatly depressed. Since that time, the tide has receded to a still lower ebb, and every business of the land has felt the depression with more or less severity. For all this we have no cause for regret or complaint....
A leading publisher of Chicago, Alfred L. Sewell, has removed his stock and machinery from thence to Topeka and, joining it with the Blade establishment, has been admitted into equal partnership with the Subscriber as joint editor and proprietor of the paper which today lays aside its former name and enters upon its continued career under the new title of The Kansas State Journal.
The offices of the paper will next week be removed to the new building now being completed for the purpose on Sixth Avenue near Jackson Street, and opposite the general offices of the AT&SF railroad. Here the public will find everything in the printing and publishing line that may be wanted. Steam presses of the best manufacture will be used, as well as the finest description and variety of type ever yet introduced into Kansas. The office will in all respects be the most capacious and best furnished in the State of Kansas.... -- Geo. W. Reed.
For myself -- In taking my place as one of the editors of the Kansas State Journal, I may be permitted, for once, to use the personal pronoun....Beginning the world in the Miami Valley of southwestern Ohio, quite early in life I was connected with the Ohio State Journal at Columbus. After that, for some years, I was connected with the Indiana State Journal at Indianapolis. For 25 years, I have been engaged in active business in the various positions of printer, editor, publisher and business manager in Chicago. For six years of the time, I was editor and publisher of the Little Corporal Juvenile Magazine, which under my management attained a circulation of 80,000, extending to every state in the Union....
As the State Journal intends to stand in the front rank as a leading Republican paper of the state,...I desire to take my position on positive grounds....I just wish here to give my confession of faith. 1st, I believe in a pure journalism, above bribery and corruption, above double dealing and dark dealing -- avoiding sensationalism and crookedness in every form -- promoting education and morals, fostering virtue and exposing vice. 2nd, I believe in manhood -- that manhood is more than "blue blood" or money, or brilliancy, or culture or position....3rd, I believe in the Republican party -- that it is the best and noblest political party this nation ever saw....4th, I believe in Kansas; as it is the geographical center, it is soon to become one of the mightiest and grandest states on the continent.... -- Alfred L. Sewell.
Our new machinery -- We labor under some disadvantage until the arrival of our new machinery and job type, of which we have a whole car load on the way from the East. As soon as this reinforcement arrives, and our new building now nearly done on Sixth Avenue is completed, we shall be able to make great improvements....We shall then have seven splendid printing presses, a fine assortment of type and a beautiful outfit of envelope manufacturing machinery, all running by steam....We will be able to turn out anything in the line of printing, from a visiting card to a Webster's Unabridged....Our Chromatic Envelopes made on our own machinery are simply elegant....
Agents wanted -- We send this number of our paper to a great many people who are not already subscribers. We ask all who receive it to examine it carefully and decide that they would like to aid in its circulation everywhere. We want working agents all over the state....
Not a religious paper -- Some of our friends seem to manifest quite an anxiety lest the State Journal be made a religious paper. We can assure them that such is not the purpose of the new firm. We do not hesitate, however, to declare our intention to make such a clean, decent, business newspaper as all moral and upright men, whether Christian or not, will be glad to put into the hands of wife and children....
Notice -- The partnership proprietary of the Kansas State Journal is dissolved, the undersigned having purchased of Mr. Sewell all his right and interest therein. The cause of this dissolution will be found in the accompanying valedictory of Mr. Sewell....Our views on the principles and necessity of the proposed "Amendment" are so diametrically the opposite of each other that the harmonious conduct of the Journal would...have been an impossibility. While conceding to Mr. Sewell that right to his own opinion,...the undersigned feels himself under no constraint to sacrifice his own claim to an equal right; and he has therefore chosen the course which he believes, upon mature deliberation, to be most consonant with American constitutional liberty, genuine morality, and common sense. -- Geo. W. Reed.
Last editorial words -- ...I entered upon this work but a short time ago after mature reflection and close examination. Theoretically my partner and myself agree as to the conduct of the paper....But when we come to practical work, to wrestling with the great moral problems of the day, Mr. Reed and myself cannot, in practice, agree as to methods. Especially may I mention the great question now presented to the people of Kansas: "Shall we adopt the amendment to the State Constitution prohibiting the manufacture and sale of intoxicating drinks." The teachings of my whole life and every sentiment of my heart prompt me to advocate the adoption of this amendment. My partner considers it best for him to take the opposite side of the question....Therefore, as we cannot reconcile our views, I step aside, sell my interest in the Journal, and leave Mr. Reed to conduct it according to his own views. So far as he and his paper are concerned, I wish them prosperity and a good life. For the cause they have espoused, I heartily wish overwhelming disaster and defeat.... -- Alfred L. Sewell.
Independence, Jan. 23 -- About two o'clock Thursday morning, the Globe printing office at Cherryvale, in this county, was destroyed by fire, burning three men to death. Mr. Henderson, the foreman, and three others escaped through the windows. The fire caught from lighting a match. Insurance $2,000.
William W. Embry Killed
Leavenworth, Jan. 2 -- On New Year's Day, Thos. C. Thurston, in Pat Doran's saloon on Cherokee Street, in this city, shot and instantly killed Wm. W. Embry, his partner in the business of publishing a paper. Embry made an affidavit on Wednesday last and had Thurston arrested and placed in jail on theft. Thurston also made a similar charge against Embry. Both were released on bail.
About three o'clock Thursday afternoon, Embry went into the saloon,...where he saw Thurston playing cards. He then returned to the front room, took off his overcoat and picked up an iron poker, and went into the room where Thurston was. Doran, the proprietor,...begged them to have no trouble in his place and, while he was holding Embry, Thurston rose up and shot him (Embry) through the heart. Embry lived only about five minutes.
Embry was a notorious gambler and desperado....Embry was a quarter-blood negro of slave parentage, and was born in Kentucky. Thurston is a low, disreputable character, and the only regret expressed by the people is that Embry had not killed him also, thus ridding the community of two of its worst and most desperate ruffians.