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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

Kansas Farmer

Articles in database from Kansas Farmer:    5

The Kansas Magazine -- We have received the first ...
January 15, 1872, Kansas Farmer (ID 1086)

The Kansas Magazine -- We have received the first number of the above, and the least we can say of it is that it is worthy of our cordial support. It contains 96 pages of reading matter, elegantly printed, upon excellent paper, and with the exception of the engravings, is the peer of Harper, Scribner, or any other of our first-class magazines. The leading articles, and those that we deem especially meritorious, are: The Wyandotte Convention by Col. Wm. A. Phillips; Albert Dean Richardson by Hon. John J. Ingalls; Reminiscences of Hon. Thaddeus Stevens by Mary H.; The General Council of the Indian Territory by F. Lockley. Besides these, there are quite a number of sketches, poems, &c., that add variety and are quite equal to those found in Eastern publications. The Editor's Quarters contain quite a number of short, spicy, well-written articles....The venture -- that of publishing a first-class magazine out here upon the borders of civilization -- is a large one, and to sustain it will require the earnest work and cordial support of all those who wish to see the enlightened civilization of the East transferred to our Western firesides. Every head of family, who has children to educate, should subscribe for the Kansas Magazine. Terms: Single copy, $4.00 per annum; two copies, $7.00; ten copies, $30.00, and $3.00 for each additional copy. Address K.M., Topeka.

The Shaft, Osage City, Kansas; W. H. Morgan, editor and publisher. We have but recently received a copy of the Shaft, although published for three or four months. We consider it one of the very best of our weekly exchanges....

The Emporia News has recently been enlarged and improved, and reports an actual circulation of 2,300 -- being, without doubt, the largest circulation of any weekly in the state....

The Alma Union, one of the prettiest six-column papers published in Kansas or elsewhere, is soon to be enlarged -- we cannot say improved for, except in size, it is now perfection.

 

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January 25, 1900, Kansas Farmer (ID 4688)

Christianity in journalism -- An experiment in daily journalism is announced by the Topeka Capital. The entire control of the paper for six days is to be turned over to Rev. Charles M. Sheldon, pastor of the Central Congregational Church of Topeka, and better known as the author of "In His Steps; or What Would Jesus Do?" and other books on religious and sociological subjects.

Mr. Sheldon believes it possible to conduct a daily, secular newspaper on the lines laid down in his remarkable book. That there is widespread interest in the problem of living and doing business according to the teachings of the gospel is demonstrated by the enormous sale of "In His Steps." No book every published, with the single exception of the Bible, has had such a sale. It has gone into 14 languages, has sold by millions and is still selling, and is estimated to have been read by 20,000,000 people.

Mr. Sheldon is known by his many intimate friends in Topeka as a man who lives the life he teaches...As his books are, so is Mr. Sheldon. He is sincere, earnest, candid, industrious, sympathetic, modest, retiring and, withal, sprightly and jovial as a neighbor and friend....

 

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March 8, 1900, Kansas Farmer (ID 4692)

In commenting on the arrangement whereby Mr. Sheldon is to be editor and business manager of the Topeka Daily Capital for the week beginning March 13 and ending March 20, most papers have ascribed honesty of purpose and have recognized the ability of the author who is more read than any other writer, and whose teaching of the Christianity of conduct seem to threaten to take over many of the institutions as well as many of the practices of humanity. A few writers have assumed that Mr. Sheldon is a "pious fraud" who is out for cheap notoriety and gain....

Money he could have in abundance, but he has neither time nor taste for making money. He writes and preaches as one having messages, with imperative commands to deliver them. He works among all classes, but most among those who are apt to be neglected....

His experiment of conducting for a week a great daily paper on the plan of deciding every question that shall arise as to what shall go into the paper, either as reading matter or advertisement, by the one question, "What would Jesus do?" is attracting the attention of the world. The interest in England is so widespread that a great publishing house in London has arranged to print an exact reproduction of every paper of the Sheldon week. At home, the capacity of the Capital's fast press will be entirely inadequate to produce papers enough. It is understood that fast presses in Kansas City, Chicago, and New York will be called upon to help supply the demand.

This will be easily done by the modern improved methods of printing. It may interest readers of the Kansas Farmer to know something of the detail of the mechanical work. The type for advertisements is set by hand. Reading matter is set by Linotype machines, as in the Kansas Farmer office. After correction, the type for each page is arranged in a "form" to print. No printing is done from the type, however. Instead, a soft preparation of paper is beaten into the type faces, layer after layer being applied until it is thick enough to be, when dry, about as stiff as pasteboard. The "form" with this paper covering is then dried by steam heat, after which the paper is taken off. Every letter has left its impress in the paper, and if molten type metal be poured over these impressions a cast reproducing the type faces results. Such matrices are quickly made, so that it is no great task to make several duplicates. They are light and conveniently sent by mail. In this way, it will be possible to make exact reproductions of every page of the Sheldon papers in as many places as the demand may require.

Some have assumed that Mr. Sheldon will convert the Capital into a religious daily. We are assured that such is not the purpose, but that it is to continue to be a secular newspaper, giving all the news that ought to be printed....

 

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March 23, 1900, Kansas Farmer (ID 4694)

The Sheldon experiment -- The experiment of editing and publishing a daily paper as the editor believed Christ would have done it, were he the editor and publisher, was tried during last week, the paper being the Topeka Daily Capital, and the editor and publisher being Rev. Charles M. Sheldon, the famous author of "In His Steps, or What Would Jesus Do?"

The first and strongest objection usually raised against the idea of conducting a paper on strictly Christian principles is the financial one....The answer of the experiment to these objections was most emphatic, though possibly not entirely conclusive. The paper was overwhelmed with orders for entirely unobjectionable advertising to the extent of several times the amount it could possibly print. It has been estimated that the orders rejected for pure and wholesome advertising, for want of room, would have brought into the treasury over $40,000 could the advertisements have been inserted.

The subscribers' endorsement of the proposition to produce a pure and righteous daily paper was equally pronounced. The subscriptions for the week of the experiment amounted to 300,000 -- perhaps 20 times the regular daily circulation of the paper. After all due allowances are made for curiosity, it is apparent that the endorsement was magnificent.

The Capital management proposed to place at Mr. Sheldon's disposal for charitable purposes a share of the net proceeds....How large a proportion of the entire net proceeds were thus appropriated has not been made public; but it is stated on good authority that the sum turned over to Mr. Sheldon last Monday was $10,000.

Whether a strictly Christian daily paper would be a permanent financial success may not be conclusively proven by these financial results of the week's experiment....Opinions as to the paper itself vary. Most Christian women, and those Christian men whose habits of life permit them to retire to their reading rooms and enjoy the morning paper substantially without interruption, were well pleased with the paper. The busy man of affairs -- the largest patron of the morning daily -- missed the crisp, brief statements of the world's happenings. He missed the analytical headlines by which he had been accustomed to find every phase of news and to quickly get such an idea of the doings of mankind as intimately concerned him in his business....

The newspaper-reading and the newspaper-making world got better acquainted with Mr. Sheldon and obtained a better appreciation of his sincerity and earnestness, his energy and good will than they had ever been before.

The Topeka Daily Capital is owned by Christian men. The statement seems to be authorized that the paper will as rapidly as possible be brought to conform to the requirements of a Christian secular newspaper. The owners are all Republicans and the paper will be Republican -- presumably in the broad sense....There is a practically unlimited demand for such a paper.

 

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July 19, 1900, Kansas Farmer (ID 4706)

The Kansas Farmer Company has just treated itself to a new Optimus printing press....The new press was made necessary by the increasing amount of fine book printing which comes to the Farmer. This office does no job printing as the term is generally understood. Even our own letterheads and envelopes are sent out to be printed. But for several years we have been printing a great many papers besides our own, keeping two large presses constantly employed. The excellent work done of these papers has attracted book and catalogue printing. Just now three books of 400 to 600 pages each are running through our new Optimus press. With our Linotype machine we produce new type for each number of the Farmer, and the capacity of the machine is such that by working it day and night we are able to "set up" other papers and books. The printing department of the Kansas Farmer has grown to present proportions almost spontaneously.