THE TELEGRAPH’S FAREWELL Brother Shorey’s Valedictory Editorial In This Week’s Issue Brunswick Telegraph August 28, 1903 Saturday noon the papers were signed which made the Brunswick Telegraph and its plant the property of Mr. Frank B. Nichols of Bath, the principal owner of the Bath Daily Times and the Brunswick Record. What disposal he will make of the property we are as yet not advised, but the supposition is that with this issue the Brunswick Telegraph, as a distinct publication, will cease to be, after an honorable career of nearly sixty-one years. The Brunswick Telegraph was started by Waldron & Moore of Lewiston, in November 1842, and has had several owners, the most notable and widely known being the venerable and pungent writer, A.G. Tenney. We speak of him as venerable because he always seemed venerable to us, and we would do him every honor. He made the Telegraph a characteristic paper, and its bright sayings were copied throughout the country. The present editor purchased the paper, after a suspension of two weeks, from Tenney & Bickford, and latterly, with the partnership of F.W. Shorey, has conducted it under the name of Shorey and Shorey. The principal motive which has prompted us to sell was the illness of one member of the firm, rendering some changes in business arrangements necessary and we availed ourselves of Mr. Nichol’s offer. So instead of the Telegraph next week you will receive the Brunswick Record and it becomes necessary for us to make our farewell bow. We commend out patrons to our successor, feeling sure that they will receive the best of treatment at his hands. For a period of ten years the present management has enjoyed a most pleasant business relation with the citizens of Brunswick and vicinity, and we have no fault to find with the support given us. We have found the citizens of Brunswick a free-hearted, frank, intelligent people, far and straight forward in their criticisms of what they did not like, generous and free-hearted in their approval of those things in the Telegraph which pleased them. The Telegraph has bee subservient to no class or party, and has always felt free to express its individual opinions with a good deal of freedom, and in those times when such expression has run counter to a large portion of our constituency we have always found our critics of that sort with whom it was a pleasure to honestly differ. There is nothing mealy-mouthed about the editor of the Telegraph, nor its entries. Doubtless they were schooled to this attitude by our predecessor. We like that sort of people and consequently we like Brunswick from the least to the greatest. It is a good old town, and we hate to leave it. To those warm and charitable friends who have borne patiently with our faults, admonishing us in all kindness and forgiving seventy times seven times, we would express our heartfelt appreciation. There have been many such. To those few who have cordially hated our attitude on several vital public questions, we would express our appreciation of their fair and open methods of fighting. We always did love a good fighter. To those who have been with us first and last, we extend our heartiest thanks, they have made life worth living. God bless you, everyone. Toward Brunswick and its people we shall always hold the tenderest thought. Of late circumstances have rendered it impossible to give our patrons full value for money received and their uncomplaining forbearance has often touched our heart. We lay down the pen for a season, with the hope of resuming it again under more favorable auspices, and the lessons learned in our ten years experience in Brunswick will be greatly prized.