Morning Chronicle - December 7, 1873
Published Every Morning (Mondays excepted) by the Chronicle Printing Assoc. at Birney’s block, on Water Street.
NEWSPAPERS IN BAY CITY
At the beginning of the year 1871 Bay City was badly off in the way of newspapers. The Democratic organ had expired, the other paper seemed to have a mere breathing existence. Everybody was demanding something more attractive and influential as a representative newspaper. The material of the Democratic organ was bought, and the WEEKLY CHRONICLE established in February, 1871. Its success was good, paying expenses, at least, from within short time after its commencement. The receipts, however, were not enough to compensate the editor for the time he gave it. Soon after the issue of the CHRONICLE, the Journal published a tri-weekly, and subsequently a daily.
The proprietor of the Daily Journal not finding it profitable was willing to sell out. The proprietor of the CHRONICLE for a long time hesitated to have anything to do with it, but afterwards thinking that a consolidation of the two interests might harmonize the Republican party and be more pleasant for all concerned, consented to negotiate. The chief inducement was the belief that if the business that owned to both office could be brought to one, a better compensation would be given to those who were devoting their whole time to it.
Before the purchase was consummated a number of responsible citizens were convened and a consultation had as to the propriety of a purchase. They approved the plan, and gave assurance that so soon as a daily paper should be resumed that they would protect it against loss and discourage the renewal of competition. But for this assurance the purchase never would have been made. The proprietor of the CHRONICLE allowed the inventory price for much of the material of the Journal, and gave besides a bonus of one thousand dollars.
In the first number of the CHRONICLE after the purchase, the following announcement was made:
“The CHRONICLE has now a good facilities for issuing a daily paper as any office in Northern Michigan, and can do so at any time with a week’s notice, and it will do so just as soon as the damand will maintain it.”
The latter part of the paragraph was based upon the assurances given by citizens alluded to. It was understood that the arrangement was to be made before the publication commenced. This remark has been misinterpreted to our injury. It was state that we would not publish a paper until the money was furnished. This was not so. Our reference was to the promises made us privately and which we had not explained to the public. We entertained no idea of making anything by our enterprise during the first six years. But we intended to be satisfied if we could make it meet expenses and be of service to the city.
We are no at the close of the first six months of the daily, and we find this to be the situation:
The CHRONICLE has now an investment of $20,000. All obligations growing out of the business have been met as they accrued.
Its credit is unimpaired and good enough. Its business and circulation are steadily improving.
The practical question to which the foregoing is merely preliminary is this: Is it for the advantage of the Bay City that this investment shall be maintained, or wasted? Will Bay City give it the necessary nourishment, or will it by injudicious measures dry up its necessary sources of growth?
Can a better, a more reliable, or a more permanent investment be got together for the same object?
Many of our best citizens say that Bay City needs a daily paper. Admitting this to be so, how is it to be maintained?
Bay City needs gas works. If she does should she encourage those who put their capital in them, or discourage them by rival efforts?
Bay City needs a street railway. One will just make a living by having the business that flows to it. Would it be good policy and in accordance with public spirit to build one parallel with it. The effect might be that instead of having one, both would be crippled and weakened.
Is it good management anywhere, and at any time, to weaken any business by over doing it?
The little jealousies and trivolous caprices and prejudices that are cultivated about newspapers and their proprietors are of no consequence compared to the importance of have a prosperous independent and wholesome journal.