Articles in database from Belleville Telescope: 37
Vol. 1, No. 3. Published by J. C. Humphrey.
Vol. 2, No. 59. We are now making up our list of 300 subscribers, cash in advance at $2 each, on the completion of which the Telescope will be enlarged to a 28-column paper....All renewing their subscriptions immediately will be considered in the list of 300, and receive the paper up to the time of its enlarging for nothing.
There are none, perhaps, more aware of the necessity of a larger paper in the county at present than ourselves, and everyone knows that such will not be started unless some aid or guarantee of a liberal support is given. We are giving out the paper gratis, and will continue to do so until some steps are taken toward having a larger one started. With the present little paper we have done all in our power for the settlement and building up of the county....If they would rather have a new paper come in instead of having the present one enlarged, we are willing to stand aside and hand in our mite....
Valedictory. With this number, a half sheet, we close the publication of the Belleville Telescope. From what we have said during the past few weeks, our readers are all well aware of our reasons for so doing, which is simply to make room for a larger one, as we had not the capital to enlarge to such a size as the county demands. We have experienced many disadvantages since we commenced publishing the Telescope just 16 months ago....Wilder & Kirby will issue about the first of next month the first number of the Belleville Republic, a 28-column paper. These gentlemen come well recommended as go-ahead, energetic business men....It takes money to run a newspaper of this size, therefore its success depends in a great measure upon the patronage of the people.... -- J. C. Humphrey.
Vol. 3, No. 37. Whole No. 141. J. C. Humphrey, editor and proprietor. Terms $1.50 a year in advance.
And now it has come to pass that the Belleville Republic has once more given up the ghost. We do not feel like rejoicing over the downfall or failure of a fellow man, much less a contemporary, but knowing as we do that the Republic was resurrected in October last (just before the election) and for the express purpose of running the Telescope out, we cannot but feel a little jubilant over the battle we have fought and won in defense of our little bread and butter. When the Republic was resurrected, Mr. Wilder was free to say that "he did not believe the county could support two papers," but of course it was done through the patting on the back of those one of two "shysters" who, like Punch, are possessed with more "gab" than "guts," and even much less brains. Yes, they claimed temperance as their hobby, and at the same time, professing church members, would go to the saloon and drink their whisky and gin on Sunday....In conclusion, we will say that, as heretofore, the columns of the Telescope are always open for the publication of all articles or news for the advancement of temperance, and moral teachings generally....
"Humphrey of the Belleville Telescope has bought a new $350 job press. We are glad to note this evidence of Jim's prosperity." -- Marshall County News. Thanks, friend Hughes. The press has arrived; is a Quarto Medium Universal, and works like a charm.
With this issue of the Telescope, we close Volume Four since our second attempt at the success of our paper, making in all five and one-half years we have published a paper in Republic County....On an occasion of this kind, it is customary to say a few words in regard to finances, which is a very essential item with us at present. To those whom we have trusted for three and four years, we will at once place their accounts in the hands of an attorney for collection. To those who are in arrears one and two years, we would say that we must have our money. Our hands have to be paid weekly, and our paper bills fall due every 30 days, consequently they must be met promptly or we must "bust."...
Wanted! A good, smart boy to learn the printing business. Must be willing to do office choreing without getting above his business, and after one to three months' trial must enter into an agreement for three years.
First Kansas Newspaper. Web Wilder returns to the charge in regard to the first Kansas newspaper. He has received from Mrs. S. N. Eastin, the widow of Gen. L. J. Eastin, the files of that newspaper, the Leavenworth Herald. The files were purchased for the Kansas State Historical Society and will soon form part of its valuable collection.
The St. Joseph Herald of the 3d contains a very interesting editorial article on the subject of the long-ago newspaper, closing with a stanza from a poem which appeared in the Herald of Dec. 8, 1854, addressed to the elm tree, the "office" from which the first number of the Herald was issued. Here is the verse...."And from beneath thy shade was sent, To every distant clime, The sheet that first from Kansas went, To tell the march of time."
We are in receipt of the Jewell County Monitor-Diamond -- the Monitor and the Diamond consolidated and enlarged to an 8-column paper and published at Jewell Center, the county seat.
No. 1, Vol. 1 of the Norton County Advance, edited and published by Pettigrew & Collins, is before us, and is a neat, well gotten up five-column weekly. We...bespeak for George, formerly an attache of this office, a bright future in the newspaper business.
Col. John A. Martin of the Atchison Champion, and the favorite candidate of the Republican party for governor, visited this place on his return trip from the west Tuesday with a view to looking up his interests in the contest. Col. Martin...seems to be in the ascendancy and, while one of the most pleasant, agreeable, everyday men you will meet, he is one of the principal leaders of the party throughout. He is not only one of those who has served in the defense of his country, but is a true Kansas man, and has done more for the state and the advancement of the party...than any other man ever brought forward for the position....
Owing to delay in receiving our paper, which was shipped from St. Louis some three weeks ago, we are compelled to issue only a half sheet this week. This...is the second time we have been compelled to do so during the past two months, through circumstances over which we have no possible control.
With this number of the Telescope we issue No. 1 of Vol. 6 and take pleasure in thanking our many patrons for their liberal patronage....For the past five years, did we count the wear and tear of our material, we have made nothing more than an average living, but have continued in the hope that the county would gradually develop and our turn to "make a stake" would yet come, and in this we are not at all disappointed as, during the past five years, our county has increased at least fourfold. We now look forward to our harvest as being close at hand....There are many yet owing us on subscription; some for the past two, three, four and even five years, which we do not longer propose to put up with. It is impossible to run a newspaper without money, and henceforth our terms will be strictly in advance, and all over one year in arrears will receive notice this week by having marked on their paper a blue X....
"Improved. The Belleville, Kans., Telescope, published by James C. Humphrey, formerly of the Champion office, has recently been enlarged and considerably improved otherwise." -- Milton (Ontario) Canadian Champion. Reading the above from our old home paper, where we first commenced to work at the printing business 19 years ago, brings fresh to our memory many pleasant as well as unpleasant recollections....
We feel it a duty to return thanks to that portion of our business men who have heretofore, and do now, so liberally advertise with us, but unless that patronage is increased by those of our business men who now advertise little or nothing, we will be compelled to kick under to the inevitable, turn up our toes, and slide out. We mean business, for the town does not now afford two columns of paying ads.
John Coulter and N. E. Stevens, representing the Leavenworth Times, gave us a pleasant call Friday....Mr. Coulter was engaged writing up northern Kansas for that paper, while Mr. Stevens looked to working up a subscription list....
An Editor's Ruse. A Western editor, who had considerable curiosity to know how many more readers he had than subscribers, took the following neat plan to satisfy his mind: Just before court week he put a notice in his columns to the effect that he would present a beautifully illustrated calendar and farmers' almanac to every reader of his paper who would call at his office on a certain day. The day came and from morning till night you would have thought that editor was setting a perpetual free lunch. The first man who came in said his name was Winkleton, and when the editor told him there was no such name on his subscription books, Winkleton said he knew it; that "corn was so low that he couldn't afford to take a paper, but that he borrowed his neighbor's." And so it continued the day through, and when night came and the editor counted up the return, he found he had 300 subscribers and about 700 readers, and several districts to hear from. Then he was mad and he sat himself down and wrote a column editorial on newspaper borrowers that made their very hair stand on ends, and more than half of them came in the next week and subscribed, and every one of them is now ready to "raise the roof of the house" if the Weekly Visitor happens to stray over to a neighbor's house.
We are in receipt of the Daily Capital, a new evening paper published at Topeka by Hudson & Ewing. It is a newsy sheet, and supplies a long-felt want at the capital.
During the next month or six weeks the Telescope will be left in charge of our present foreman, James Counter, who is authorized to conduct all business in connection with it.... -- J. C. Humphrey.
H. S. Hoague, editor of the Craig Enterprise,...Holt County, Mo., dropped in Tuesday morning. Mr. Hoague is on his way to Sheridan County, where he intends going into the newspaper business.
The first number of the Jewell County Journal, published at Omio, by Wilbur & Dunfee, is on our table. It is a neat six-column paper.
The Clifton Review has changed hands, Mr. Blake retiring and Rice & Co. assuming control.
We are in receipt of the White Rock Independent, a neat six-column paper published at that place by W. H. Crouch, editor; H. E. Taylor, publisher.
We want 40 fence posts for which we will allow 12.5 cents each on subscription. We will allow 25 cents per bushel for a load or two of corn on subscription; also the same for about 20 bushels of oats.
With this issue we open out on Vol. 7 of the Telescope, and we realize little or no change in the financial condition of our office, other than that the amounts due on subscription have increased rather than diminished during the past year. To those who have aided us by keeping their accounts paid up we are thankful, but to those who are assisting to drag us backward by allowing their accounts to accumulate, year after year, we simply say that the money belongs to us and we are bound to have it. Unless the present "after harvest" proves to be the one they have been so long promising to pay us after, we will sue the last mother's son of our subscribers that owe us over one year's subscription....
We are in receipt of Nos. 1 and 2, Vol. 1, of the Jewell County Review, published at Jewell Center by Raynolds & Seymore. It is a neat five-column quarto and well filled with news. Jewell County, like Republic, now has three newspapers, which is significant of the fact that she will ere long have three millionaires, or one or two less newspapers.
The Blade of Concordia has been enlarged to a six-column paper and otherwise improved. Concordia now has three papers -- one the organ of the whiskey; one directly "ferninst" all such, and the third is supposed to be published in the interest of the soreheads....
J. A. Callison has our thanks for some fine young prairie chickens on Thursday; also Pat Powell for a like favor on Friday. It is with a smacking and licking of the lips that ye editor greets such favors.
The Telescope office is removed to the west side of the public square, first door south of Brock & Strain's, in Chapman's old stand.
The suit instituted against us for slander by A. B. Wilder was adjourned from Sept. 22d until Sept. 26th and, as Mr. W., the prosecuting witness, did not make his appearance, the case was dismissed at his cost. It is now for us to vindicate our character, which we propose to do by giving a sketch of the newspaper business from its first establishment in this county, as soon as time and space will permit. Then look out for a rattling in the dry bones which will take in the individuals who were instrumental in bringing brother Wilder to Belleville to "swamp" the then little Telescope, one of which has stolen freely from the government and escaped the penitentiary while the other will be reminded of the little bonuses he got in connection with the Scandia bridge bonds and the "swap" for town lots to build the court house. Let every guilty thief stand from under, for we propose to put it fine.
The Greenback Star, published at McPherson by McArdell & O'Hara, is the latest newspaper venture.
The Greenback Star, published at McPherson by McArdell & O'Hara, is the latest newspaper venture.
Topeka has another newspaper. It is called the Liberal Advocate and is published by the Liberal Publishing Company....We judge that its main idea is opposition to the prohibition amendment to the Constitution.
We have received the first number of the Republic County journal, under its new management, which already shows a marked improvement, and Mr. Moore promises to give the citizens of Scandia a live, readable and newsy paper.
Those who have promised to bring us wood and coal on subscription will confer a favor by doing so at once, as we have been compelled to lay off from work in our office one day this week for want of fuel.
The Lawrence Tribune has picked up remarkably under the editorial management of G. A. Atwood. Mr. Atwood was formerly of the Ellsworth Reporter.
The White Rock Independent, with its last issue,...will move to Burr Oak in Jewell County.
Wee are in receipt of Vol. 1, No. 1, of the Burr Oak Reveille, published...by Taylor & Crouch. It is a neat six-column folio. This makes the fourth paper in Jewell County.
Lawrence Tribune: "Two tramp printers were arrested at Fort Scott by an officer from Cherryvale upon the charge of setting fire to the Cherryvale Globe office, in which fire Ed. S. Henderson and several others were burned to death. We know nothing yet of the evidence against them...."
Ex-U.S. Senator Ross has bought the Evening Press of Leavenworth and will conduct it as a Democratic paper.
The wife of Noble L. Prentis, city editor of the Atchison Champion, died in that city Tuesday.