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The Topeka state journal. [volume] (Topeka, Kansas) 1892-1980, September 25, 1896, PART SECOND, Image 9

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A Description of the New Home Especially Constructed For
This Paper,
And Into Which the Ofiice and Plant Have Just Been
A Model Newspaper Building With 2Iodern Facilities and
It's Entire Three Floors Used Alone For the Publication of
the State Journal.
On this page is given an outline pic
ture showing the new State Journal
Building, into which the plant and
newspaper office has just been moved.
The building stands on a site, one of
the most prominent in Topeka, where
The Journal has been published for
eleven years during its entire present
ownership, with the exception of the
period during the construction of the
new building when temporary quarters
were occupied at 111 and 113 East Sev
enth street.
The new and permanent home of the
paper is located at the southeast cor
ner of Kansas avenue and Eighth
street, on two lots with a frontage of
fifty feet on Kansas avenue and seventy-five
feet on Eighth street. The
building is constructed in a most sub
stantial manner of brick and stone,
the facing being of the best hydraulic
red pressed brick. The building is of
three floors, two stories and basement,
is entirely used for the publication ot
the State Journal newspaper and has
been planned and erected w ith the view
of affording the very best facilities for
the publication of a modern daily.
The architect is Mr. H. M. Hadley ot
this city, who is one of the ablest and
nest qualified men in his profession. He
has designed and constructed a large
number of prominent buildings and
residences in Topeka and in many cities
and towns in Kansas, Oklahoma and
In preparing the plans and specifica
tions for the State Journal building,
Mr. Hadley has been most careful, ac
curate and pains taking. Many months
wwe taken in order to first construct
the building on paper properly and
with the best arrangements and facil
ities. No architect could have been
more patient nor accommodating in
making the various changes from time
to time as required by the State Jour
nal in order to make a model building
tor the use demanded.
The actual contract was let on April
11. 1S96, to Michael Heery, and on the
same day work was begun in removing
the old one story building which had
stood as the home of the paper under
the present management for ten years.
Michael Heery is one of the best known
contractors in the state. He has lived
In Topeka for more than a quarter ot
a century and has constructed many ot
the prominent buildings of this city.
He is at present a member of the state
board of public works, and no con
tractor in Kansas bears a better repu
tation for ability and integrity. The
State Journal building is one to which
he can "point with pride." Under Mr.
Heery were a large number of sub-contractors,
as well as a number of others
whose work was in addition to and in
dependent of the general contract
taken by Mr. Heery. The various sub
contractors used the greatest care and
took the same pride in their work,
seeming determined that the State
Journal building should be a model of
workmanship and material and one to
which they could always refer as an ex
ample of their skill and ability.
The excavating for the basement and
foundations was done by David Mc
Nair. The brick and stone work was by J.
A. Nelson and Chas. Tulien, w ho had a
large force of skilled workmen under
them. It is said that there is no build
ing in Topeka which has a better foun
dation than this one. The trenches were
dug in a solid bed of fine clay. A thick
concrete course of Portland cement
and broken rock was placed in the
trenches and thoroughly rammed In an
approved manner. After the concrete
cama the tootla course of huge blocks
of stone from the Deer Creek quaries.
These rock were so large as to create
the most favorable comment as they
were put in place. Three of them made
a load for a large stone wagon. Each
stone was about two feet thick, the
same width and about three Eeet in
The brick was furnished by the To
peka Vitrified Brick Works, with the
exception of the facing brick which
came from the Kansas City Hydraulic
Pressed Brick company, the quality be
ing the best made by that concern. The
brick was purchased through Wallace
M. Rynerson of this city.
The iron work came from R. L. Co
fran's Western Foundry and Machine
shops, one of the oldest and best in
stitutions in the west, a concern which
always turns out the best of material
anil product.
The galvanized iron work was made
by that well known manufacturer,
Louis Van Dorp.
The lumber was furnished by the
Chicago Lumber company, Robert
Pierce, president, and the joists used
for the floors were made to order of
extra strength and especially trussed
to provide unyielding floors. The floors
are all double and have deadening pa
per between.
What is known as the mill work,
which includes the doors and win
dows and the glass, was furnished by
Jonathan Thomas, one of the best and
strongest firms in the state of Kan
sas. The plastering was done by Robert
Hallahan, and the material used was
the famous Acme cement from Gyp
sum City, Kansas. and supplied
through W. I. Miller of Topeka.
This plaster is practically fireproof
and is hard like stone.
The roof was built by John Bradley
of the Topeka Roofing company. Mr.
Bradley says it contains the pure as
phalt and is in every way one of the
best roofs in Topeka.
The painting was by P. S. Withers
and Charles Miller, who do not hesitate
to refer to their work on this build
ing. The exterior coior is the Sherman-Williams
celebrated paint and
was furnished by Swift & Holliday.
The interior finish is in the natural
wood with several coats of oil and with
Berry Brothers' varnish from the same
The hardware was made to order by
the Reading Hardware company of
Reading, Pa., and is of the material
known as Bauer-Barff.
The iron railings were furnished by
the Topeka Co-Operative Plumbing
company. The windows are all hung
with copper cables, instead of rope.
The cut stone work is from the yards
of Cuthbert & Sargent.
The terra cotta window sills are
something new and will not wash and
mar the brick work. They are from the
St. Louis Terra Cotta Works.
The building was designed to be plain,
convenient and substantial, and this
theory is carried to results throughout.
Among the contracts which were in
addition to the principal contract ta
ken by Mr. Heery, were the following:
The plumbing, gas fitting and heat
ing, which is one of the most extensive
and complete orders of its kind in To
peka, was taken by the well known
firm of Prescott & Co., of this city. The
heating is on the hot water system.
The boiler is what is known as the
Ideal" and Prescott & Co. propose
that their work in this line shall be a
model in every respect and entirely in
consonance with the name, "Ideal," of
the particular system of hot water
heating adopted.
The large floor space in the business
office covered with tiling exhibits the
work of Pernald, Martin & Co. The de
sign i3 what is known as the basket
pattern, the colors are dark red and
buff. At the entrance the name
"State Journal" is worked in tile let
ters into the body of the floor.
The speaking tubes, connecting the
various departments of the paper,
were furnished by Arthur Lee of this
The electric light wiring was done
by E. P. Jordan of this city, ffhis
work was done in careful compliance
with insurance rules and in such a
manner as to be one of the model
pieces of electric light construction in
this city.
Mr. Jordan for many years was fore
man for the Edison company of this
city, but is now a contractor for him
self. All material is of the highest
grade. Vitrified bushings and brass
armored conduit, are used to insulate
from wood, brick and stone walls. A
fire proof cut-out box is placed on each
floor, where all circuits terminate. A
very convenient feature of the wiring
worthy of note, is the way circuits are
arranged. Every room in the building
has from two to three circuits in it, so
that if one should go out, a person is
not left in darkness, while it is being
repaired. The wires are sufficient to
carry twice the number of lights that
are in use, without a noticeable drop,
and so arranged that the building can
be put on the two or three wire sys
tem. A large switch is located where
main service enters the building so
that the current can be cut off every
department in an instant. Mr. Jordan
is naturally proud of his portion of the
construction of the building.
The electric motor wiring for the two
power motors, and various electric sup
plies for the building were furnished
by the Edison Electric Light and Il
luminating company of Topeka.
The tinting of the walls in the count
ing room and otherroomswas done by
W. W. Gillespie, an expert Topeka dec
orator. In the basement Is the large storage
room for paper. As The Journal uses
a car load of white paper for its daily
edition alone each month, an idea may
be formed of the necessity of a capac
ious storage room for this supply.
In the rear of the paper room is the
coal room; adjoining this is the boiler
A large portion of the basement is
taken up by the special foundation for
the press and by the shafting for driv
ing the press, stereotype machinery
and linotypes, all the belts and shaft
ing being beneath the floor on which
the machinery is located. The remain
der of the basement furnishes the car
riers and newsboys' room. This is
connected with the press room above
by an automatic box and chute, which
delivers the papers from the press
room to the carriers in lots of 200 cop
ies. The building is strong in two very
important features, light and air, and
is so constructed that both are ad
mitted on the four sides of the build
ing. The building completed costs $12 000
and was erected by Frank P. MacLen
nan, the owner of the State Journal, as
the home of the paper and for the ex
clusive use in the publication thereof.
How the Various Offices and Depart
ments Are Arranged.
On the first floor at the corner is the
counting room, or business office. This
room is twenty-three by twenty-seven
feet and is divided by a long oak coun
ter which separates the desks and
working department from the portion
given to customers and the public, a
space nine by twenty-seven feet floored
with tiling.
To the right of the business office is
the composing and linotype room, which
with the mailing department is given a
floor space of twenty-three by seventy
three feet. This room is one of the
model rooms of its kind. The lino
types occupy the front portion and their
operation is in plain view from the side
walk and also through a large window
from the business office. This room
receives light and air from four sides.
In the rear of the business office and
occupying the middle of the Eighth
street front is the press room, which is
one of the most unique imaginable. The
press is so located that a width of
eighteen feet of plate glass, in two win
dows, gives the public a view of thi
marvelous machine from the sidewalk
and those who care to spend an hour
and more at the windows can see the
State Journal's eleven thousand papers
printed each day. If they can count
from two to three a second and have
the patience to be accurate and pains
taking they will learn that the State
Journal actually prints each day more
than eleven thousand complete eight
page daily papers.
In the rear of the press room and ad
jacent to the press room is the stereo
type room, the newspaper's foundry.
The operation of printing and stereo
typing is described in another column
in this issue.
Leading up from the business office
is what is said to be the easiest flight
of stairs in Topeka. Half way up from
a broad landing opens a door to a bal
cony from which ladies and visitors
generally may see the press without
danger or annoyance.
At the head of the stairs is a roomy
corridor from which opens the various
upstairs departments of the paper.
Here is Mr. MacLennan's office, from
which is one of the finest views of To
peka's business streets. Adjoining is
the telegraph office. Here the Associ
ated Press wires go all day long and
ail night, too, the news being taken off
In this room far the State Journal from
7:30 in the moring till 5 and later in
the evening. The Associated Presa
news is taken frcm. the wire by sound
directly upon the typewriter by a tele
graph operator employed by the Asso
ciated Press exclusively for the State
Journal. The Journal also receives a
typewritten copy of all the news which
comes during the night. In the tele
graph room are also special wires for
receiving election and special news.
Here also is located a set of "repeat
ers" which send the news automatically
to Wichita, the only other point in Kan
sas where the full Associated Press re
port is delivered. The wires into the
Journal's telegraph office are carried
into the building in a 19-wire cable.
Several of these wires are for future
use. Aside from news wires they in
clude electric clock, Western Union
call and messenger wires. The tele
graph office of the Journal is one of the
most complete in the country.
Adjoining the telegraph room is that
of Mr. F. H. Collier, associate editor of
the paper. This is one of the most
comfortable working rooms in the
building and off from it, with a door
also from the corridor, is the reporters'
headquarters, a room full of light and
air covering a floor space of twenty
three by twenty-eight . feet. Other
rooms on this floor are for the exchange
department, filing room, artist's room
and toilet rooms.
From 800 to 1 1,000 Circulation in
Eleven Years.
In October, 1885, when the present
proprietor bought the State Journal at
public auction the total circulation was
800 copies and seven carriers were em
ployed to deliver the paper in Topeka.
Today the total circulation exceeds
11,000 and forty-three carriers are em
ployed, who receive their papers each
evening at the Journal ofiice. The
daily in 18S5 was of four pages only,
contained about one-fifth the amount
of news and cost the subscribers more
money than it does today.
Washburn college students alone
earn ever $500 a month delivering State
Journals to regular subscribers in To
peka. The carriers are young men and
in the main are students at Washburn,
the high school or the business colleges.
This paper devotes so much space to
its carriers and circulation because cir
culation is of prime importance about
a newspaper. The advertiser wants to
reach all the people, net for one day
or one week, but for any or every day,
and the paper which goes everyday to
practically everybody in Topeka who
can read, is the paper which reaches
the merchants' customers and before
whom he can place his announcements
promptly and surely.
The Journal furnishes a detailed
statement of its circulation every year.
These figures are guaranteed by a $100
forfeit by the American Newspaper Di
rectory publishers of New York, which
concern also guarantees that the State
Journal for the last year had a larger
circulation than any other Topeka
The following Is a true statement of
the growth of the circulation of the To
peka Daily State Journal:
In 1885 the circulation was 800
January 1, 1S31, were printed 3,125
Dally average for year 1891 4,380
Daily average for year 18S2 5,069
Daily average for year 1893 6,213
Daily average for year 1894 8,418
Dally average for year 1895 9,217
Daily average 1st 6 months, 1896 j. 10,625
The Large If umber of People Requir
ed on a Live Newspaper.
Few people understand or appreciate
the large number of people required iri
the conduct of a modern daily news
paper and the enormous expense de
manded to produce a paper which is
sold for two cents a copy or delivered
each evening for ten cents a week.
The State Journal employs eighty To
peka people whose names are given be
low. Forty-three young men are re
quired to deliver the daily edition in
Topeka and suburbs. These forty
three make an average of five dollars
a week each, some more, others less,
an aggregate of nearly ten thousand
dollars a year. This is a pretty big
sum for the circulating of one paper in
one city, but then the work is thor
oughly done and Topeka and vicinity
are literally enveloped in Journals every
The aggregate amount spent for labor
by the Journal is about $35,000 annu
ally, or nearly $3,000 monthly. This is
more than half the gross receipts.
In addition to the list below the Jour
nal has carriers, agents and corre
spondents in various Kansas towns.
Editorial Department.
and Proprietor.
FRED H. COLLIER, Associate Ed
itor. L. L. KIENE, City Editor.
M. F. MURPHY, Telegraph Editor.
W. T. BROWN, Proof Reader and
Special Writer.
FRED W. BADGER, Reporter.
E. W. TATMAN, Political Reporter.
AUSTIN C. BRADY. Railroad Re
porter. WM. M. LYON, Reporter.
E. W. ELLIS, Exchange and Sport
ing Reporter.
ciety Reporter.
W. W. CARR, Associated Presa Tel
egraph Operator.
Business Department
OSCAR D. WOLF, Circulator.
ing Manager.
LEE SIDWELL, Book-keeper.
HARRY SCULL, Advertising Solicitor.
CHAS. S. HUTTON, Traveling Agent
HARRY C. ROOT, Traveling Agent.
J. M. BLAKE, Traveling Agent.
GEO. P. WALLACE. Display "AA"
JOHN W. MAXWELL, Display "Ad"
D. H. CRABBS, Display "Ad" Com
positor. Stereotype and Press Rooms.
J. H. WETHERELL, Stereotyper.
E. J. EARLY, Pressman.
RAYMOND EVANS, Assistant Stere
otyper and Assistant Pressman.
Mailing Department.
IKE M. COHEN. Mailing Clerk.
ROSS HELLER, Assistant Mailing
BEN F. COHN, Assistant Mailing
LEON DETLOR, Messenger.
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No. 14.
No. 15.
No. 16.
No. 17.
No. 18'.
No. 19.
No. 20.
No. 21.
No. 22.
No. 23.
No. 24.
No. 25.
No. 26.
No. 27.
No. 28.
No. 29.
No. 30.
No. 31.
No. 32.
No. 33.
No. 34.
No. 35.
No. 36.
No. 37.
No. 38.
No. 39.
No. 40.
No. 41.
No. 42.
No. 43.
of Regular Routes.
J. C. Wolcott.
N. O. Bartholomew.
E. B. Akers.
Forrest McDonald.
D. T. Schoonover.
H. M. Frank.
H. L. Nelson.
J. L. Axtell.
A. J. Newton.
H. C. Fraser.
Ernest McDonald.
Robert S. Pond.
A. G. Martin.
R. C. Boss.
E. B. Tilt.
L. A. Halbert.
W. R. Axtell.
A. E. Hjbinson.
E. G. Hughes.
A. C. Marsh.
Samuel Adams.
R. M. Coulson.
J. F. Cell.
C. M. Chase.
Jas. G. Chumos.
W. L. Cunningham.
W. L. Wall.
V. G. Kropf.
H. C. Wilson.
A. G. Frank.
W. G. Magaw.
W. H. Nelson.
, G. C. Findlay.
, Elliott B. King.
, Burton Axtell.
H. G. Titt.
T. P. Martin.
J. D. Cook.
K. C. Greene.
C. R. Forbes.
Theo. N. Wellman.
J. D. Clark.
C. L. Polk.
Composing Room.
E. C. MAC LENNAN, Foreman.
FRANK H. VOGEL. Linotype Ma
chinist. WM. H. BURTON, Linotype Operator.
FRANK H. JONES, Linotype Oper
ator. PAUL C. PHARES, Linotype Opera
tor. JAS. D. STEVENS, Linotype Opera
tor. H. S. BURTON. Linotype Operator.
AL F. SIEBER. Head Setter.
A London Millionaire to Indulge in a
New Fad.
New York, Sept. 25. The lates luxury
in which millionaires may indulge is
described in a London cable in Sunday's
An Englishman, who has a lake upon
his estate, recently caused it to be tem
porarily drained, and, in the deepest
part, had a house built, which contains
three rooms, a smoking room, a dining
room and a servant' waiting room. The
framework of the house is iron, the
floor stone, resting upon a foundation
f conerote. The sides and roof are
composed of thick plate glass. There
is a passage under water from the
bpathouse to the glass house and air is
obtained through large clumps of ar
tificial water lilies, which rest upon the
surface of the lake. It is Indescribably
pleasant to sit in one of the rooms upon
a warm day. The air is cool. No
sound is to be heard and it is especially
interesting to watch the fish swimming
around, attracted by the glare of the
electric lights- The house and passage
cost comparatively little to build.
The millionaire to whom this belongs
contemplates a more ambitious scheme.
He has upon his estate two square
miles of forest. This tract he intends to
close, first by a wide, deep trench, sec
ond by a strong iron railing and third
by a high stone wall.He will then turn
loose into the inclosure every sort of
wild animal that he can procure lions,
tigers, elephants and every kind of
beast in order to ascertain if they can
live at large in this climate and with
out unduly interfering with each other.
Turnpike Raiders Have Nearly Com
pleted Their Work.
Springfield, Ky., Sept. 25. The free
turnpike mob destroyed five toll gates
Saturday night and three last night.
These two raids leave only five gates
standing in Washington county, the
raiders having destroyed forty-three in
Saturday night the mob rode up to
the Tick crek pike gate while it was
guarded by twelve men. The leader
of the mob was ordered to take his men
away or go to jail. The mob then lev
eled shotguns at the guards and forced
them to surrender. The mob forced
the guards to cut the gate down and
drove them back to town.
Two of the raiders. Joe Settles and
Charles Miller, were in court today on
the charge of destroying toll gates, but
nothing could be proved against them
and they were discharged.
Different California Religious Denom
inations Favor It
San Francisco, Sept. 25. Woman suf
frage seems to have become quite the
correct thing and many prominent so
ciety folks have taken it up and are la
boring for it heart and soul. The la
dies are by no means alone in their
fight, for a number of well known gen
tlemen are making a quiet but effect
ive campaign among their friends, se
curing what the women need most of
all votes.
In religious circles also the movement
has met with hearty indorsement. The
Christian Ministers' association set the
ecclesiastical ball a-rolling at their
convention in Santa Cruz last month,
unanimously adopting a strong resolu
tion in favor of woman suffrage.
A little later the Baptists at their
annual convention passed a similar res
olution without a dissenting vote, and
now come the Methodists, who passe 1
a similar resolution at the conference
in Pacific Grove on the 11th inst.
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We hope every reader of this paper will be "In it," and have a glorious time.
We want to be "In it." We want you to think first of this store when you C
have wants to fill in our lines. We know by the way our business grows 5
that we are in touch with the people. When we tell you of our bargains
you know they are here for you.
OurDress Goods Counter
is one of the busiest in the
store, vre won't sell you Cotton
for Wool, or Jute for Flax.
Here are good things:
18c yd
25c yd
39c yd
Yard wide Mixtures, made of cot
ton, wool and silk, very stylish. 25c
is the Bargain price the largest store
in the west are selling
these goods at, we're
smaller, so is our price
Our all wool 36 in. Serge
nnrl fslcclmfrf all the
best colors, great value at
There's a style, a quality and little
ness of price comprised in our Suit
ings that make them at- QAn J J A
tractive, a particularly Qrflj V II
good line we are selling at J
52 in. all wool Ladies'
Cloth, all colors and black,
Honey saver at
Hosiery Underwear.
We keep honest, wearable kinds.
Our Ladies' 40 gauge, double
heel and toe Gordon Dye Hose at 19
and 25c pair are just unmatchable,
that's all.
Ladies' fast black, white feet, dou
ble heel and toe Hose 12c-
Put a pair of our Boys' heavy stock
ings at i2c a pair on the youngster
once and you'll find how to save
Ladies' swiss ribbed plush lined
Underwear, silk trimmed, at 25e
Is a regular 38c value with others.
Men's 65 per cent wool Underwear
at 50?i is a great value, we claim to
save you iSc at least on each garment.
anket Bargains,
Are of interest now. We're got
the largest stock and are mak
ing the lowest prices in the
city strong assertions it's to
your advantage to make us
prore them.
The prices commence at 39c pr. for
10- 4 cotton; the next ones, good size
and heavier, at 48c pr.; the same in
1 1- 4 at ioc a pr. more.
The Wabash Blanket, a very heavy,
wool mixed, 10-4 size, at 98c pr.
And the 1 1-4 size at $1.19 pr. are
strong arguments in favor of our as
sertion. Strictly all wool scarlet Blankets,
full double bed size, $1.69 pr.
There's a fascination about Linens
for the thrifty housewife; there's a
double fascination when the prices
are so much beneath values.
Bleached and Unbleached Union
Damask as low as 18c yd., but go a
little higher and for 39c we have a
beautiful, soft- finished, German
Damask, that would seem cheap to
anyone at 50c.
In Red Damask a popular price is
25c a yd.
We can sell you the red and white
checks, gold mixtures and green and
red dyes that are perfectly fast and
are always offered at 39c, at the
same as the common kinds.
25c yd.
lif Mini I
1 Him
Walking Hats in the newest styles from 58s up.
Trimmed Hats, trimmad as you want them, from $1.50 to
MRS. HARDING has charge of our Milinery Department,
which is a guarantee of good work.
Short Story of Solid Shoes.
Women's Calf Shoe, medium heavy sole, patent leather tip,
for 81.39.
A splendid Young Ladies' School Shoe.
Our $1.48 Ladies' Shoe is, to say the least, the best for the
money to be had.
For the Men that have always paid from $2.00 to S3.00 for
their Shoeft, we have a stylish and good Shoe for 81.48.
in Our Useful Articles Departmeni
Our Opaque shade at 25c is
a good thing.
1 qt. Long Handle Dipper, 4c.
3 qf. copper bottom Coffee Pot,
4 qt. Stew Kettles, lOc
Ciaair Bottoms, 6o.
Large Yellow Nappies, 7c
1 qt. be.3t Ammonia, lOc.
10x12 Covered Slates, 10c.
Small Slates, 2c
Pint Tin Dipper, lc.
A Good Whip, 8c.
Large Hand Decorated Japan
ese Lantern, 6c.
HO East Sixth Street.
distributor of Bargain;

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