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Sesquicentennial History Sketches

The one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence will be observed by the Sesquicentennial International Exposition, which opens at Philadelphia, June 1, 1926.

The City of Philadelphia is rich in patriotic history of interest to all Americans; but has an additional attraction to the thousands who have been members and those who are now members of The National Amateur Press Association, having held its first meeting at the City Institute Hall, July 4, 1876. The convention this year will be of special interest as many members of fifty years ago are expected to be present. Among them it is expected that James M. Beck, Chairman of the Advisory Commission to the Sesqui-Centennial may be present.

The National Amateur Press Association will meet in Convention at

The Benjamin Franklin
July 3, 4, 5, 6, 1926

A Little Bit About Everything

“Justice has set a high mark and has certainly put Warren on the map in the a. j. world.

Moody O. Wallis, Leonard, Texas, thinks the N. A. P. A. should have certificates of memberships, badges, etc., at least something to show a connection with the association.

R. F. Gerrish, West Sullivan, Me., had a letter in the Inland Printer recently; Geo. O. Billheimer, spends his spare moments with his stamp collection; Paul C. Oliphant is a collector of stamps and specializes in United States. Paul has called at the shop to look over the type and we think he will soon be at work on an issue of Sixty-Seconds.

From Under a Bushel by Edna Hyde McDonald, is a book of poems and is one of the best contributions to our literature in the past year and we urge that you secure a copy of this book and enjoy the splendid productions. $2.00.

Nathan H. Ferguson, Asheboro, N. C., active 1886 to 1906, was the lone member of the South-east for many years, has a very fine file of The National Amateur. Writes us that he would like to see some of the present day papers.

James F. Morton, Jr., was one of the first amateur journalists to broadcast The Value of a Hobby, over the radio. He gave two talks from two stations in New York. If we keep “listening in” someday we may hear a message on amateur journalism from the air.

William M. Clemens, edits the Biblio Magazine, Pompton Lakes, N. J., well known to many amateur journalists, is a dealer in genealogical books, and is a lecturer of some note. His lecture The Real Mark Twain a story of his life and ancestry, has been highly recommended.

Very interesting letters have been received from A. D. Hosterman, Springfield, Ohio, regarding early history in Ohio; Chas. W. Darr, Vermont Bldg., Washington, D. C., who had an experience like our own with politicians; Walter E. Mellinger, Dr. Swift, E. R. Hill and a host of others write interesting letters.

Mekeel’s Weekly Stamp News is the leading stamp paper in the world and is published by Fossil Willard O. Wylie of Beverly, Mass. A trial offer consists of the paper for three months at 25¢ and if you have never been a subscriber you will be presented with 300 different postage stamps free of charge.

It is very fitting that the good work of the official editor Anne Kramer, and the treasurer Caddie M. Whitsitt be commended, and if the association needs an official printer, we think Helm C. Spink, has qualified for the honor in printing the National Amateur at a reasonable price and promptly.

The following is a list of May M. Duffee’s poems printed in an amateur paper Pegasus.; Oct. 1924, “A Little Bit of Heaven” March 1925, “If I Could Know.” “The Blue Bird.” “Frost Pictures.” “Night Blooming Cereus,” May 1925, “Would Life Be Sweeter.” “The Web.” “Ashes.” Accepted for membership in the U. A. P. A. We called attention to the above at Detroit, but we were not permitted to present additional credentials. Why not, I believe the N. A. P. A. needs such members. There are few names on the membership roll more worthy than May M. Duffee.

All Amateur Journalists of Ohio are invited to attend a state convention at Warren, O., on Decoration Day (May 29). We are expecting a large attendance and perhaps visitors from other states. Chas. Smith will walk down from Cleveland; Mr. Kidney will drive around and take us in; Whitaker will ride over on “Pegasus” the Winged Horse; two of the most popular ladies of Washington C. H., are expected to be present; Bob White will be on the trail. The topic for discussion will be “What is an Amateur Journalist.” The Moidel boys will be on the program.

We have written a letter to Ahlhauser saying that this issue will go to over one thousand former members and to look for a clean-up on that book. Boys help me make my word good.

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You Surely Want a Copy

Send along a check for $1.00 and get a cloth bound volume for your library or collection of memories – Our Ex-Presidents of The National Amateur Press Association, by Wm. C. Ahlhauser. Contains not only historical facts, but recalls conventions and the many incidents thereto. Past editions of books relative to Amateur Journalism are at a premium. Get Your Copy Now – This book was not published for profit – the price $1.00 will convince you. The cost of printing alone was more than the price asked. When this lot is sold (50 copies) there will be no reprinting of the edition, as all plates and linotype have been destroyed. Wm. C. Ahlhauser, Milwaukee, Wis.

Man The Tempted
by Mabel E. Oechsle

There is more real Adams in this little old world of ours than any one person knows of. The woman did it, “She tempted me,” is not only an old theme with man but it is as new as it is old.

It is practiced every day by some man. How ridiculous it seems to meet a man weighing about 180 pounds and 5 feet 10 inches tall – and have him tell you how some woman influenced him to do some thing which he did not want to do.

I read a letter recently written to a woman by a man in which he claims that another woman was poisoning his mind. It sounded so whining and weak that my ire and resentment was aroused to the nth degree.

Poor weak man – the woman was poisoning his mind and he poor dear just had to give in and be poisoned!

It gives one cause to think that man never graduated from the babe or fool class. The woman is supposed to be the weaker sex – but she must have the strength of Hercules and let the man think that he is both strong and powerful. Let him think that he is strong and that she the weaker sex, although it is essentially vice versa.

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Will S. Knox, for many years has acted as the Canton, Ohio, correspondent to The Typographical Journal.

H. C. Hall, New York City, has two boys, age 10 and 11 who are very much interested in amateur journalism.

W. B. Dillon, Phoenix, Ariz., who published Le Diable back in 1890, will soon have the pleasure of reading a file of his paper from our library of amateur journalism.

Edw. R. Johnson, Amherst, Ohio, publisher of the School Journalist has made application for membership in the N. A. P. A. His paper is regarded very highly among school publishers.

Wm. J. Clemence, the postmaster of Washington, R. I., would be pleased to be remembered to his friends of days long past.

Arthur Seitz, South Orange, N. J., president of the Fossils, writes that politicians act about the same today as they did fifty years ago. We would be pleased to have Arthur come over to the Philadelphia Convention and bring along Thomas A. Edison and all the other Fossils and see if the “Young America” has made any progress since fifty years ago.

Herbert D. Smart, Nashua, N. H., published the Granite Echo 1879 to 1883. Would be pleased to receive papers.

Miss Madeline Francis, formerly of Warren and a member of the N. A. P. A., now a member of the staff of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, has many friends who will be pleased to know of her success. A recognition of her ability came during the winter season when she was placed in charge of the Guide Post, a very important part of the Official Cleveland Guide, issued monthly by the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce jointly with the Plain Dealer. In editing the Guide Post, Miss Francis interviews the leaders in finance, business, and the professions. Miss Francis is a graduate of Warren High School and studied in Hiram College where she served on the staff of the college paper, The Advance.

The coal miners of Great Britain were paid about $12.00 per week and had been asked to take a reduction of 13 per cent. Prospects are not very hopeful for a nation that treats her working people in this way. They should read Henry Ford’s book and get some new view points. This is a great age of business in which we are now living. We must ever progress to truly live.

Herbert Hungerford, New York City, an amateur of some thirty years ago is the publisher of The Boy’s Own, and will publish several articles on amateur journalism. The magazine is on sale at all news stands at 10¢ a copy. We appreciate publicity of this kind.

What is an old cancelled postage stamp worth? It may sound strange to you; but many collectors have paid thousands of dollars for rare stamps to complete sets where but few were ever printed. Most of us are content to collect the cheaper and more plentiful varieties. We have a collection of about ten thousand varieties and in order to enlarge our collection we will be pleased to exchange duplicates with any one from any part of the world. Send 100, 500, or 1000 and we will send you the same number of stamps.

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The Search Light
Published Monthly by
The Search Light Printing Co.
Harry R. Marlowe
Warren, Ohio

Subscription price 25¢ for one year
Published in the interest of Amateur Journalism.

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