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Downs World

Articles in database from Downs World:    25

Our subscription list is growing larger every day, ...
November 9, 1893, Downs World (ID 2869)

Our subscription list is growing larger every day, notwithstanding the fact that a few of our populist friends have stopped their papers on account of its radical Republican views.


Lou Graham of the Times visited in Smith Center ov ...
November 16, 1893, Downs World (ID 2870)

Lou Graham of the Times visited in Smith Center over Sunday.

The argument for a new trial in the Whitmore libel suit came before the court at Osborne Friday and a new trial refused. The sentence was then passed upon Mr. Whitmore in the shape of a fine of $50. The case will be taken up to the supreme court.


George Wilson of Corinth is learning the art prese ...
November 23, 1893, Downs World (ID 2872)

George Wilson of Corinth is learning the art preservative in this office, and if luck favors us we expect to make a Horace Greeley out of him.


Quincy Craft, our popular young assistant postmast ...
November 30, 1893, Downs World (ID 2875)

Quincy Craft, our popular young assistant postmaster, was off duty last Sunday on account of being laid up with the grip.


Walt Whitmore is now running the Smith Centre Bazo ...
December 14, 1893, Downs World (ID 2876)

Walt Whitmore is now running the Smith Centre Bazoo for Jack Stewart. We are informed...that Mr. Stewart has secured the appointment of postmaster of Smith Centre. In that case, Mr. Whitmore will doubtless continue as headmaster of the Bazoo. Walt's many friends in this city wish him all the success possible and hope that in the future he will not run afoul of any more libel suits.


This being the last week of our newspaper year, a ...
December 21, 1893, Downs World (ID 2877)

This being the last week of our newspaper year, a great many subscriptions expire with this issue. We should be pleased to have all who have been subscribers in the past to continue with us....Drop your dollars in the slot, and see the editor smile.


While we do not claim that The World is the organ ...
December 27, 1893, Downs World (ID 2878)

While we do not claim that The World is the organ of any particular religious denomination, we can honestly say that its readers never see in its columns the almost indecent advertisements of foreign patent medicine concerns that so many of the newspapers run. Advertising catch lines such as "Childbirth Made Easy," "Are you about to become a mother?" "Manhood Restored," etc., might do for the Police Gazette or some kindred publication, but we think in a paper that goes into hundreds of respectable homes, and is read by young people as well as adults, such stuff should be prohibited....

Walt Whitmore spent Christmas with friends in this city. He informs us that January 1 he will take permanent charge of the Smith Centre Bazoo.

Lew Graham, the late foreman of the Times, left yesterday for Topeka, where he has secured a good position. Lew was well liked in Downs and we regret to lose him. Who'll be the next?


With last week the World started upon its second y ...
January 4, 1894, Downs World (ID 2880)

With last week the World started upon its second year with much brighter prospects than those that attended it in its birth. It is now Republican in politics and earnestly strives for the upbuilding and success of that party, believing that its principles, faithfully carried out, are such as will protect the American workmen and farmer, giving the former steady work at remunerative wages, and the latter good markets and good prices for his products....There is no foreign capital invested in this paper, consequently no one to dictate policy for the detriment of Downs and the upbuilding of some outside town whose prosperity would be our adversity. "Downs First, the World Next" shall be our motto and our policy will be steadily on that line....


Jim Garner of the Logan Republican, in last week's ...
January 11, 1894, Downs World (ID 2881)

Jim Garner of the Logan Republican, in last week's issue, shows up the prosecutors of the whisky fight in that place in no enviable light....


Jas. Bell of Covert came in on last Saturday eveni ...
February 8, 1894, Downs World (ID 2882)

Jas. Bell of Covert came in on last Saturday evening's train from Abdington, Illinois. He says he left Dick Ward, of this city, working in the Argus office in that place, he having given up the stage, for a time at least, and is now pursuing the moveable alphabets.


Sandy Baron of the Kirwin Globe was in the city Sa ...
March 1, 1894, Downs World (ID 2884)

Sandy Baron of the Kirwin Globe was in the city Saturday on his way to Fort Scott....

We wish to serve notice on several young men in this town that this office is not kept open for the purpose of affording them a place to loaf and smoke. While we like to be sociable, we have found from some few years of experience that a number of people conversing in a printing office seriously interferes with the accuracy and speed of the printer's work.

We this week purchased some fine horse cuts and are now prepared to produce the finest horse literature in the city. We make a specialty of doing large work in fancy colors....


W. S. Tilton, editor of the Osborne Farmer, was bo ...
March 8, 1894, Downs World (ID 2885)

W. S. Tilton, editor of the Osborne Farmer, was born in Illinois in 1848. He enlisted in the army at the age of 15 and served two years and three months in the 9th Iowa Cavalry. While in the army, Mr. Tilton spent considerable of his time when not on duty in study, and when mustered out of the service attended school at Des Moines, Iowa. He came to Kansas in 1867 and has been engaged in editorial work for the past quarter of a century. For several years, he was editor of the WaKeeney World and a few years ago purchased the Osborne Farmer, of which paper he is now editor. Mr. Tilton was presidential elector for the Sixth Congressional District in 1884 and thoroughly canvassed the district that year for the Republican ticket. He was a member of the legislature in 1887. Mr. Tilton had long before his election to the legislature formulated a theory that this state should in the interest of increasing her forest area furnish home grown species of timber for transplanting without cost to the planter, beyond that of paying transportation from a forestry station to the farm or place of residence. A bill providing for this was formulated by Mr. Tilton while a member of the House and became a law, one station being located at Ogalah in Trego County and the other at Dodge City in Ford County....Mr. Tilton is an able editorial writer, a good public speaker, and it is possible he will be a candidate for Congress from the Sixth District. Every Republican of Osborne County who has the best interests of his country, state and county at heart should join us in doing his best to secure for Mr. Tilton the nomination at the Phillipsburg convention.

Allen DeLay has charge of the "imps" of the World office during the absence of the editor.


Col. W. S. Tilton, our next congressman, was in th ...
March 22, 1894, Downs World (ID 2887)

Col. W. S. Tilton, our next congressman, was in the city Saturday shaking hands with his many friends. If he receives the nomination at Phillipsburg, of which there is little doubt, he will make one of the most brilliant campaigns the Sixth District has seen for many a year.


With this issue, the World changes hands, we havin ...
May 3, 1894, Downs World (ID 2890)

With this issue, the World changes hands, we having sold the plant, subscription book and good will to C. H. Wolters of this city. Our short experience as a businessman of Downs has been a pleasant one, and we lay down the editorial pen with the best of feeling to the businessmen of the city and her people in general, who have treated us so kindly during the past seven months. To the new manager, Mr. Wolters, we wish every possible success, except in politics, and bespeak for him the good will and patronage of our people. -- J. I. Scott.

Well, here we are, we humbly make our bow to the public, and ask to be allowed a place in your city and county. Having talked with a good many of our friends last year and again this year, and getting such encouragement we concluded to start a newspaper here, and of course as we believe in the middle-of-the-road doctrine we could not publish anything but a straight populist paper. We were not populist all our life, but seeing how corrupt the old parties were, we looked around and found the populist party; not a perfect party in every respect, but a party willing to admit its wrongs and correct mistakes it made.

Such is the party we are representing. The party that believes in equal rights to all and special privileges to none. We will always be found taking the part of Downs, if it is right -- and allow us to say right here, we are not owned by Osborne City, so that you can see that we will for your own interest, stay by this, your business center. We have not only got encouragement from the populists, but our businessmen here were in need of a paper that is, in deed and action, a Downs paper, and in talking with the businessmen we have received much encouragement. Now to the citizens of Downs let us give a little explanation on the populist question. You are told by the Republican press that the populists are tramps, cut-throats, beggars, and, in fact, a lawless crowd. All we have to say to that is: Look all the parties over and see if the populists don't compare favorably with any of them....C. H. Wolters, editor and proprietor.

We have it from very good authority that the person who runs the sit-on-the-fence sheet known as the Downs Times, which title, by the way, is a misnomer (as rightly it should be called either the Osborne City Auxiliary or the Patent Medicine Directory) is taking the pains to go to our businessmen with the tale that the circulation of the World is so small (not exceeding 800) that as an advertising medium it would be of little use to them. While we have often heard rumors as to the smallness of this soft-talking individual who draws people to one side and whispers his tale of woe into their oft-times unwilling ears, we were loath to believe them until now. It is with much regret that we learn that we have as a contemporary a man who can stoop so low and so belittle himself as to make false statements, that he knows will injure a contemporary. The truth of the matter is we shall print just 1,000 papers to start with, and expect to increase the number each week for the next six months. Even at his own statement of an 800 circulation we could beat the Times on a bonafide circulation, and have some to spare, as our papers go to people right here in Osborne County. It is to be hoped that the Osborne parties whom, it is rumored, own and control the Times, will caution their manager here to use a little more fairness and decency in his business methods.

As a maker of populist votes, Col. Tilton of the Osborne Farmer is a success. He has driven many a good Republican from the ranks of his party by his merciless and unreasonable abuse of those who didn't happen to think as he did....

The Western Empire gives the Cawker Times a going over because said paper turned populist....

To have a good populist paper here in Downs will require the support of all our friends.

McBride of the Cawker Times had better sell out to some populist. He came back too late to save the Republican Party.

Col. McBride, formerly of the Cawker Times, returned from Boise City, Idaho, last Friday evening and resumed charge of his paper. It seems as if the Colonel was afraid that if he let Bro. Collins run the Times as a populist sheet the Republican Party in Mitchell County would get such a knockout blow at the next election that it wouldn't know "where it was at."

We have not quite as much to say about politics this week as we would like, but will do better next week. To start a paper is lots of trouble and takes very much work.

The World is now by far the best advertising medium in Downs. Having the largest circulation of any paper in the city, and we believe fully as large as any in the county. It reaches a class of people that no other paper in the county does, the Germans....Our mailing list is ever open to our advertisers, and if you wish to prove the truth of our statement that we have the largest circulation of any paper published in Downs, call at our office and we will prove it to you. Our merchants are well aware that Downs has lost a large percent of the German trade she once enjoyed, and the way to bring it back to our city is to advertise your bargains and let them know that you offer them better goods for less money than any surrounding town. Plant your ad in the World. It will pay you a big dividend.


The Downs Times came out very newsy last week. Two ...
May 10, 1894, Downs World (ID 2893)

The Downs Times came out very newsy last week. Two columns locals and lots of patent medicine ads.

E. J. Garner of the Logan Republican has an elephant on his hands in the form of a ten thousand dollar libel suit.

The contract for the steel bridge over Oak Creek was let to C. H. Wolters, he being the lowest bidder.....

"The Downs World has come out as a straight populist paper. This is good, as Republicans are becoming so scarce that the only thing they need is the surroundings of their own loneliness. May the World live long and prosper greatly in its labor for the cause of humanity." -- Western Call. Thanks, Brother Parks. We will do our part to the best of our ability.


If, as someone has said, "anger puts out the lamp ...
August 30, 1894, Downs World (ID 2901)

If, as someone has said, "anger puts out the lamp of the mind," then surely the feeble, flickering taper that has hitherto partially illuminated the thick skull of Fletch has been entirely extinguished. Last week he belched forth gobbets of spleen because we told the truth in our account of the Republican caucus and convention. The Times has from the beginning of the present campaign sacrificed truth, honor and every moral attribute of manhood in its endeavor to create discord in populist ranks, and its utterances bear no more semblance to veracity or reliability than the rantings of a raving maniac.


Art Gentzler has gone to Downs to assist in bringi ...
September 6, 1894, Downs World (ID 2903)

Art Gentzler has gone to Downs to assist in bringing the populist paper there, the World, up to the standard necessary to do the cause some substantial good. We are confident he will succeed, and then we hope to see the businessmen of Downs encourage him and Mr. Wolters with the business an institution working in the interests of her own town and people always deserves. The World has practically no competition and should do well. -- Smith County Journal.


Ben Baker of the Smith County Journal was circulat ...
September 20, 1894, Downs World (ID 2905)

Ben Baker of the Smith County Journal was circulating among friends in the city Saturday.

J. W. McBride, editor of the late Cawker Times, passed through the city Sunday morning from a visit with his brother W. H. of Osborne. He expects to start for his future home in Boise City, Idaho, the first of the week. Mr. McBride says he is through with the newspaper business in Kansas.

The M.W.A. picnic....C. B. Chubble of Parks & Chubble, editors of the Kansas Woodman at Beloit, was next introduced. Mr. Chubble showed himself not only to be a good speaker but a diligent worker and well acquainted with the superior qualities of the M.W.A.


The great one dollar weekly, the Glen Elder Republ ...
September 27, 1894, Downs World (ID 2906)

The great one dollar weekly, the Glen Elder Republican, is no more. First the Cawker Times, whose editor came 2,000 miles to help redeem Kansas, went under, and now the Republican of Glen Elder is gone. We feel very sorry for Manda and Mc, but if possible keep cool. We know you are in a warm place, but then you won't be alone long. The few remaining Republicans after the 6th of November will come right down to you and then you won't be so lonesome.


Jones & Rychel, proprietors. W. G. Smith, editor.: ...
November 15, 1894, Downs World (ID 2908)

Jones & Rychel, proprietors. W. G. Smith, editor.

"W. G. Smith, who has been assisting in this office for several weeks, went to Downs Saturday morning, where he assumes editorial charge of the World. Will is a keen, deliberate writer and we predict an improvement in that paper." -- Logan Republican.


P. E. Harbaugh has sold his interest in the Allian ...
November 22, 1894, Downs World (ID 2909)

P. E. Harbaugh has sold his interest in the Alliance Signal at Stockton. The paper will now come under full control of F. M. Case....

"W. G. Smith grabs the lever of the Downs World this week and comes out with a one-column, double-headed initiatory in which he swears eternal allegiance to the populist cause. We are not acquainted with Mr. Smith but think he is a little off politically, for in 1896 there will be but two parties in Kansas. We hope however that the World will not strike a snag so large but what it can live." -- Stewart's Bazoo.

"The Downs World has changed hands, Rychel and Jones being the style of the new firm, with W. G. Smith acting in capacity as editor. Mr. Smith is a splendid newspaper man, besides being a first-class printer. Success to the World." -- Agra News.


By W. G. Smith: These are hard times for everybody ...
December 20, 1894, Downs World (ID 2910)

By W. G. Smith

These are hard times for everybody and the newspaper fraternity have cause to feel the depression as well as the rest. The World has always maintained its usual size and given the people the benefit of the good times in the way of furnishing its readers with plenty of reading matter, thereby laying by nothing for a "rainy day." Therefore, we feel it a duty to ourself and to the welfare of the populist party to cut off some of the non-political matter and give our readers a purely home local paper for a few weeks, or until times pick up a little. So far as news is concerned at home or abroad, the World will endeavor to collect all of importance. All we expect to cut out will be serial stories and articles of a like nature which by the average reader is not appreciated anyway.


This is Vol. 3, No. 1, of the World. With this iss ...
December 27, 1894, Downs World (ID 2912)

This is Vol. 3, No. 1, of the World. With this issue all subscriptions back of volume three fall due. These are hard times, and we are aware that many are not able to meet their obligations, but there are a few who can. We feel that we need not ask such persons to pay up, for so far we find that our efforts have been appreciated to the extent that all subscriptions will be paid when due.

S. R. Peters brought us a nice load of wood Wednesday. This pays his subscription in advance.


The People's Sentinel, Glen Elder, comes out all h ...
January 3, 1895, Downs World (ID 2914)

The People's Sentinel, Glen Elder, comes out all home print this week.

Harmon D. Wilson is now acting in the capacity of associate editor on the Downs Times. Mr. Wilson is a brilliant writer and a good newspaperman and we predict success to him in anything he undertakes.


The Alliant, Concordia, comes to our table this we ...
January 10, 1895, Downs World (ID 2916)

The Alliant, Concordia, comes to our table this week. This is the first issue of the paper under the management of Forrest and Honeywell, who are making an elegant paper of it. Success gentlemen.

(This was the last issue of the World.)