were not easily tempted to stop and fumble in their pockets for two cents. The newsboys were soon discouraged, and were fain to run shivering home.
was wholly unacquainted with the details of editorship, and most of the labor of getting up the numbers fell upon Mr. Greeley
, and they were produced under every conceivable disadvantage.
Yet, with all these misfortunes and drawbacks, several hundred copies were daily sold, and Dr. Sheppard
was able to pay all the expenses of the first week.
On the second Saturday, however, he paid his printers half in money and half in promises.
On the third day of the third week, the faith and the patience of Messrs. Greeley
gave out, and the Morning Post ceased to exist.
The last two days of its short life it was sold for a cent, and the readiness with which it was purchased convinced Dr. Sheppard
, but him alone, that if it had been started at that price, it would not have been a failure.
His money and his credit were both gone, and the error could not be retrieved.
He could not even pay his printers the residue of their account, and he had, in consequence, to endure some emphatic observations from Mr. Story
on the madness and presumption of his scheme.
‘Didn't I tell you so?’
said the other printers.
‘Everybody,’ says Dr. Sheppard
, ‘abused me, except Horace Greeley
He spoke very kindly, and told me not to mind what Story said.’
The doctor, thenceforth, washed his hands of printers' ink, and entered upon the practice of his profession.
Nine months after, the Sun
appeared, a penny paper, a dingy sheet a little larger than a sheet of letter paper
Its success demonstrated the correctness of Dr. Sheppard
's calculations, and justified the enthusiasm with which he had pursued his Idea.
The office from which the Sun
was issued was one of the last which Dr. Sheppard
had visited for the purpose of enlisting co-operation.
Neither of the proprietors was present, but the ardent schemer expounded his plans to a journeyman, and thus planted the seed which, in September, produced fruit in the form of the Sun
, which “shines for all.”
This morning, the cheap daily press of this city has issued a hundred and fifty thousand sheets, the best of which contain a history of the world for one day, so completely given, so intelligently commented