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lations of
On account of being handi
capped in getting out the Chron
icle since losing my plant, a com
plete account of the fire which de
stroyed it has ftever been pub
lished, and many of the Chron
icle readers have never learned
the particulars, except as told on
the street. And in this instance
many an untruth was told and re
told by designing parties. We
Jiope these particular parties en
ured misrepresenting the facts,
for like chickens, lies come home
to roost, and they have gained
nothing by spreading these false
hoods, except the. enjoyment
which they seem to get by telling
lies about another. To give
Chronicle readers the facts and
to set some aright who have been
misinformed, I will give the par
ticulars of the fire here.
Editor Brinton, Beach, N. Dak.
Dear Friend Brinton: Since your fire 1 failed to receive
a copy of your paper. 1 presume this was on account of your
book* being destroyed You certainly have had
your share of a newspaperman's 'many troubles and deserve
the press's universal sympathy. I hope you are recovering
from the effects of the loss nicely, and also hope that you
have been able to get some clue as to the cause. The gen
eral opinion among the press boys in this section is that some
one of your political enemies did the work.
As will be remembered, and as
was chronicled at the time in this
paper, the Chronicle suffered a
severe damage on the night of
September 4—from afire origi
nating from an unknown cause in
the basement of the Chronicle
building. The damage amounted
to about $500.00 and was fully
paid by the insurance companies.
The windows in the back part of
the basement were burned out
from this fire and had not been
replaced on October 5, a month
later, when the second fire and
explosion destroyed the entire
building and its contents.
Neither fire could be accounted
for, and both originated in the
same part of the building at the
same hour and on wet, stormy
nights. No gasoline was kept in
the building to cause fire or explo
sion and no fire was in the fur
nace on the nights mentioned.
The writer and wife lived in
rooms in the rear of the second
floor, which contained all our
household goods and personal ef
fects. On 'the night of October
5 we returned from the moving
picture show at about nine o'clock
and retired for the night. About
two hours later Mrs. Brinton was
awakened by smbke coming in
through the open window of the
bedroom, and, thinking at first
it was smoke from a train, did not
become alarmed for several min
utes, but finally aroused the writ
er, who, realizing it was coming
from the lower part of the build
ing, ran to the back door and was
about to open it when the explo
sion occurred, shaking the tu:ld
mg and cracking the plastering
overhead. Realizing thit the fire
ras in the building, 1 drew on a
trousers and an overcoat
andwent down the front way to
the ground to find the entire
basement and the first floor a
mass of flames and smoke, which
.forbade entrance. The fire
-alarm had not yet sounded and
only two parties, aside from my
self, were on the ground. Few
if any saw the fire before the ex
plosion took place.
Finding that nothing could be
saved from the lower part of the
building and knowing that the
The above
over $400
damages on thea
•Chronicle building, heating plant and
permanent fixtures
Chronicle printing plant, office furnit
ure, stock, etc., outside of type ma
chine 5,000.00
Type machine and equipment 2,000.00
Postoffice fixtures and equipment (owned
by J. W. Brinton).. .... 2,500.00
Household goods, personal.effects, etc.. 2,000.00
Piano 400.00
..Nov. 24. -12.
building was doomed, I turned
my attention to my wife, who,
ike myself, hurried from the
building scantily clothed, and es
corted her to the home of her
sister, Mrs. Lloyd, in the south
eastern part of town., So violent
had been the explosion that when
1 returned to the building it was
on fire to the roof and nothing
could then be saved from the sec
ond story. H. W. Peek, my fa
ther-in-law, who was visiting with
us and sleeping in our apartments,
lost all his clothing and personal
effects also, escaping with scant
clothing. He recovered the only
articles saved from the building,
two fur coats and a suit of clothes
that hung in a hall closet near the
outside door. Aside from this
the writer and his wife loft every
thing in the way of household ef
fects, even our watches which lay
on the dresser in the bedroom
piano, furniture, books, clothing,
pictures, etc., amounting to near
ly $2,500.00, according to the
estimates taken by the insujrg^ce
On the second floor were also
located the offices of Atty. R. M.
Andrews, Dr. L. G. Smith and
Dr. Foster, who saved very little.
On the first floor was the post
office, the writer's office, stock
room and work room in the rear,
and in the basement the press
room in the rear and Ed Perry's
tailor shop and B. T. Piesik's
loan office in the front. Not a
single thing was saved from the
basement or first floor, the entire
contents. of the postoffice being
destroyed, together with $2,500
worth of postoffifee fixtures,
boxes, safe, furniture, etc., which
was personally owned by me.
Hie entire loss of building and
contents was about $35,000.00,
over $25,000.00 of which was
sustained by the .writer, and this
does not cover the loss of books
and records of the Chronicle,
which contained over $3,000.00
ih-unpaid accounts, a portion of
which, of course, I will receive.
Another heavy loss not estimated
in the above was the destruction
of the Chronicle subscription rec
ords, which will take months,
yes, years, to completely straight
en out.
Mrs. Brinton also lost about
$75.00 worth of baby clothes,
bed, etc., which had just been
gathered together to care for
W. Brinton, Jr., who put in an
appearance just seven days after
the fire, and who would have had
but the clothes that God gave
him had it not been for the gen
erous shower of baby parapher
nalia which the good women of
Beach gave his mother, and it is
with thoughts of appreciation
that we mention it here.
The following is the property
belonging to the writer which was
destroyed in the fireK together
with the insurance companies* es
timates of its worth and the
amount of insurance carried and
night be
4. It
.$12,500.00 $7,500.00
...... $24,400.00 $12,800.00
vestyto «ome, .who
tentionally misin-
After over two months of try
ing experience, the Chronicle is
at last re-established with a new
outfit and ready for business, this
issue being the first number since
the fire to be put into type and
printed from our new plant, which
is located in the Dickinson build
ing on Blanche street, across, the
corner' from the First National
Immediately after the destruc
tion of our plant we opened ne
gotiations for a more modern
printing outfit, buying machinery
and type from firms in New York,
Chicago, Omaha and St. Paul,
which was assembled in the lat
ter city and shipped in a carload
lot direct to Beach by the C. I.
Johnson Mfg. Co., from whom
we purchased the larger portion
of our plant. The car, containing
33,000 pounds or 16'/£ tons, ar
rived here December 2, and since
that time we have been busy hav
ing it erected and put in running
order. It took Whitaker & Gil
man, local draymen, two days to
move the plant from the car to
the Dickinson building and eight
days for Val Schwartz, the erect
ing mechanic of the C. 1. John
son Company, to erect the ma
chinery and put it in running or
der. This will give our readers
some idea of the size of our new
plant, As it now stands it is by
far the largest and most modern
printing establishment in North
Dakota west of the Big Missouri
river, and there are few print
shops or newspaper establish
ments in the state that equal it—
outsider the large daily paper es
tablishments at Fargo, Bismarck
and Grand Forks. It represents
nearly $10,000 in money, is a
print shop we are proud of and
one that Beach can justly be proud
Two-Revolution Cottrell Newspaper Press Purchased by the Chron
icle Through the C. I. Johnson Mfg. Co., of St Paul.
of. To give our readers a little
better io£a of the plant, we will
give a short description of it here.
The first operation in printing
a newspaper is to put all the mat
ter in type, and on the majority
of papers, in towns even larger
than Beach, this is all done by
hand, each and every letter being
handled' by compositors, and af
ter the papers is printed it must
again all be handled and put
back into the type cases for tin
other issue. For this work the
publisher purchased the most
modern typecasting machine
made, a No. 8 Mergenthaler Lino-
Omaha Newspaper Folder, Showing Machh^ lWacbed to
Rear of Press
Made Better in^Spite of
type, which casts' or molds the
type as needed front solid bars of
metal. There are different styles
of Linotypes, ranging in price
from $1,500.00 up, the most
generally used' machine being the
No. 5 at $3,100.00, which icasts
one size of type in two faces. The
No. 8, which the Chronicle has
installed and which is showjh on
professional cards, including bor
ders, on page ten, and many oth
er ads in the paper, were put into
type by this machine, and all
reading matter and legal notices,
also. It is operated by one man
working at a keyboard, who can
cast or make typ,e just as rapidly
as a stenographer can operate a
typewriter. It is impossible to un
derstand how all this can be done
without seeing the machine per
form. It is one of the greatest
inventions ever recorded in the
patent office and oh account of
the many patents which it carries
it brings a high price to the manu-
4 a
."*"••» .sK*-1
A Carload of Modern Printing Machinery In
stalled by Chronicle Publisher—Paper
to be Continued, Enlarged and
No. Eight Mergenthaler Linotype Installed in die Chronicle Office
«t an Expense of 4,000.00.
this page, is capable ,.of casting
three different sizes of type of two
faces each, which gives the oper
ator a variety of six different
kinds of type, all of which arc
used in this issue. The larger
part of the Power & Wagner ad,
including border, On page three,
the Mitchell ad on page nine, the
4W i,
•tiiiwi Building across from the First National Bask
facturer. The machine is thfe larg
est single investment in our plant.
It is manufactured and sold by
The Mergenthaler Linotype Com
pany of New York, and the No.
8 purchased by us is the second
machine of its kind in North Da
The second piece of machinery
which represents the next largest
investment is the large newspa
per press, a two-revolution, four
page, seven-column Cottrell, also
manufactured in New York. This
press "weighs. 8,000 pounds or
four tons, and is capable of print
ing four pages of a seven-column
size paper at the rate of over 2,
000 per hour. Attached to this
press is. an Omaha ifolder, which
receives the paper from the press
and folds it up ready for mailing.
The printing and folding is thus
done in one operation, the blank
sheet of paper being fed into the
press which passes through it and
the folder and comes out ready
for the mailing machine. The
press and folder combined costs
over $2,000.00 and it does its
work with almost human intelli
gence. These two pieces of ma
chinery are shown separately on
this page. When attached and in
operation the two measure over
20 feet from tip to tip.
In addition to this press We
have a New Series Gordon job
press upon which all small com
mercial printing will be done,
the large newspaper press being
also used for larger work such as
sale bills, book work, etc. A
large Diamond power cutter is al
so included in the job depart
The typecasting machine and
the job press are propelled by
a one-horse gas engine, while the
newspaper press and folder re
quires a four-horse engine.
In type equipment we have the
very latest faces, all body type
and practically all our display
type being selected from that
popular face known to printers as
the Cheltenham family. Along
with type we have the latest in
type cabinets, imposing stones,
racks, stitcher, etc.
The papers are addressed with
a Horton mailer such as is used
in nearly all the daily newspaper
We expect to rebuild on the
Chronicle building site some time
during 1913 and eventually move
the plant back to the old site, but
for the present we will be glad to
have our readers call on us-at the
Dickinson building and see our
new outfit in operation. After
you have looked it over you will
agree with us in saying that Beach
has a print shop to be proud of—
a print shop that will give you a
bigger and better Chronicle than
ever more reading matter, and
a print shop that will make it pos
sible for the publisher to uphold
the Chronicle's reputation as the
leading newspaper in" Beach,
Golden Valley county, and West
ern,,Ijlorth Dakota.
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The b. c. copies an editorial
from the Beach Advance in
which perfumed brickbats- are
tossed at the editor of the Slope
Cuonty News. The masterpiece
was reproduced the next issue af
ter the outcome of the election
was known. It was only because
the sky pilot was disgruntled over
the course the voters pursued in
chucking Totten's nose in the
dirt. Totten realizes that we as
sisted materially in the drubbing
handed him.
Looking a little farther back
into history we can see the source
of the editorial, along with oth
ers of equal calibre. Many moons
ago a primary was held in North
Dakota and one R. M. Andrews
was nominated for state's attor
ney of Billings county. Since
that day a petted idol of a
crooked political gang has been
mad enough to bite his own
grandmother. The pill was so
bitter that the taste hangs unto
the defeated one through all
these months, and "Step brother
Agnew" was one of the fellows
that dished out that bitter pill.
We have been informed more
than once that this disgruntled
little tin god has controlled the
editorial policy of the Beach Ad-
Senator A. L. Martin of Sen
tinel Butte finished threshing his
grain crop of 22,000 bushels on
Monday and came to Dickinson
in the evening. He owns his own
machine and had his own crew
and has been threshing when the
weather was suitable since the
1 3th of September. Mr. Martin
had 225 acres of flax that was
caught in the snow storm on Oc
tober 28 th and it was some time
before he was able to stack it.
He says that the wet weather and
snow injured the grade of wheat
to some extent. He had 16,11 7
bushels of wheat, the balance be
ing oats and flax. The average
yield for wheat was about 24
bushels per acre, one field yield-
Governor-elect L. B. Hanna of
North Dakota will resign his posi
tion as Congressman from this
state shortly before the Christ
mas holidays, and from tKac«time
till March 4, next year, North Da
kota will have but one member
in the lower house at Washington.
This condition existed only
two years ago when Congress
man Gronna was elected Senator,
the seat from this state being va
cant from the time he entered
the Senate in January till the
time Congressman Helgeson en
tered. At that time Congress
man Hanna was the lone mem
and thj
Ere we admit that the Advance is the "Largest P«t
the Beach," would ascertain if they were the same pebb)*
the "Biggest Toad in the Puddle" sat on.—Medora '6
Burned to a "Frazzle"
The very same, Brother Clemens, but did you eve^^
the story-of the fellow who sat on a red hot stove
The Beach Advance asks if we ever heard the story:4{'W^
man who sat on the red hot stove. It does seem as tho
had but we object to the question on the ground of its ..
leading and tending to incriminate the witness——Medo**
Herald. »i
'The Whining Little
A. L. Martin as Big Grain Farmer
Says More Live Stock is Needed
Hanna's Place as Congressman
Will Be Vacant for Short Time
It is to be noted that one of the unusual trials visited upon
deserving newspaper men is illustrated by the unfortunate
loss of plant and building by fire at Beach, sustained
time ago by Editor Brinton. A fearless scrapper for
as he sees it, and with plenty of courage as he
many times, his plant will shortly do the "Phoenix
arise better and certainly as full of ginger as ev
he has the sympathy of the entire press gang.
vance, and its crying stf|a so
bing at this late date is additional
evidence. We can't believe,' from
what we have heard of him that
Egan of the Advance is Mich a
puny little pouter and believer
that such unfounded and
ly attacks originated with
whining little kid that catt!
defeat like a man.—Slope
ty News. '3
Very successful was 4e two
days' fair given by St. jdhnV
ish in this city. The fair waa
on Tuesday and Wedi
the proceeds being $1,1511
ladies" served meals both
and deserve great credit Mifor we
culinary ability displayed. .prizes
were given and numerous con
testants for the same eng(
much friendly rivalry
gether the fair was a
•*r w/ a
If you want a newspi
•ctibe lor theCl^nicli^fe^'«-
FOUND: Lap robe
of Beach. Owner
same by describing pro
paying costs of this noli
at Chronicle office.
ing as high as 26 bushelp
extensive Billings county farmer
does not look for much advance
in the price of grain. Thefe je an
enormous crop in the world u$d
present conditions do not seem 'to
.warrant any material advance.
About three weeks ago Mir. ^Mar
tin marketed nearly a trainlOad
of cattle, the average price for
cows and steers being
per head. It is Mr. Mairljm'a m
tention to take 200 heati pf cattle
to his wheat farm for the iyinter.
He contends the fanows~RWIt
keep more live stock on
farms, for he says exclutnre gfain
growing is not the proper
for the land.—Dickinson Preta.
The governors have no .power
in the naming of Congressmen,
although they have the power to
name United States Senator* in
times of vacancies.
Governor-elect Hanna will
leave in a day or two for Arizona,
where he will spend about two
weeks as a member of the con
gressional committee named to
investigate matters relating to ir
rigation problems in that region.
From Arizona he goes directly to
Washington, so he will be abseat
from the state almost continu
ously up to the time he assume*
the office of governor.
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