his corps within call, and he sends them flying!
One goes to the Astor House
to see if they
have heard of the steamer's arrival; another to the offices of the Times
, on the same errand; others to Jersey City
, to be ready in case the steamer reaches her wharf in time.
It is ascertained, about half-past 3, that the steamer is coming up the bay, and that her news cannot possibly be procured before five; and so, Mr. Ottarson
, having first ascertained that the other morning papers have given up the hope of the news for their first editions, goes to press in despair, and home in ill humor.
In a few minutes, the forms are lowered to the basement, wheeled to the side of the press, and hoisted to their places on the press by a crank.
The feeders take their stands, the foreman causes the press to make one revolution, examines a sheet, pronounces it all right, sets the press in motion at a rattling rate, and nothing remains to be done except to print off thirty thousand copies and distribute them.
The last scene of all is a busy one indeed.
The press-room is all alive with carriers, news-men and folding-boys, each of whom is in a fever of hurry.
Four or five boys are carrying the papers in backloads from the press to the clerk, and to the mailing tables.
The carriers receive their papers in the order of the comparative distance of their districts from the office.
No money passes between them and the clerk.
They come to the office every afternoon, examine the book of subscribers, note the changes ordered in their respective routes, pay for the number of papers they will require on the following morning, and receive a ticket entitling them to receive the designated number.
The number of papers distributed by one carrier varies from two hundred and fifty to five hundred.
Some of the carriers, however, are assisted by boys As a carrier gains a weekly profit of three cents on each subscriber, one who delivers five hundred papers has an income of fifteen dollars a week; and it is well earned.
Most of the small news-men in town, country, and railroad-car, are supplied with their papers by a wholesale firm, who deliver them at a slight increase of price over the first cost.
The firm alluded to purchases from four to five thousand copies of the Tribune every morning.
By five o'clock, usually, the morning edition has been printed off, the carriers supplied, the early mail dispatched, and the bundles