Another Paper

It seems hard to believe now, but in the prosperity of 1904, Skidmore almost became a town with two competing newspapers.  There does not seem to be any evidence that the second paper came into being, but the Skidmore Standard took the threat seriously enough to publish the following in its February 8, 1904 edition:

Another Paper

To the young men who are trying to start a new paper here, the proprietor of the Standard hopes he has no ill will.  They have been in the employ of the Standard, one of them about a year and the other still longer.  And while they were not dismissed from the Standard service, it would have only been a short time until they would have been, and they knew it was a matter of economy.  Ad a merchant said, “Suppose they start a paper and run it for five years and just make expenses, they have lost five years of their life and gained nothing.”  Then why encourage them in a certain failure or an uncertain success.  There are plenty of places where towns want a paper and would give a bonus to have one started.  The young men know that the Standard has not been self supporting since they have worked on it, so they would need all the Standard support and then some to succeed.  Of course they could get up a cheaper and poorer paper, but if you can’t get out a better paper than the Standard, for heaven’s sake, don’t start one, boys.