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Jan. 1, 1890: A few corrections

Posted by: Ben Welter under Minnesota History Updated: December 28, 2009 - 3:28 PM
Barely a month after a fire destroyed the Tribune’s headquarters in Minneapolis, the newspaper published its year-in-review edition, packed with statistical evidence of the Mill City’s superiority over St. Paul, Omaha, Kansas City and other Midwestern burgs. Editors checking the eight pages printed in advance found that an unfortunate number of errors had slipped past proofreaders suffering from “holiday paralysis.” This lengthy correction, published without apology but with some regret, appeared on page 4:

A FEW CORRECTIONS.

 
  Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church, Tenth and Hennepin, Minneapolis, in 1888. (Photo courtesy mnhs.org)
The Tribune has no apologies to offer for an annual number that is, considering the circumstances under which it has been prepared, a most creditable piece of statistical and review work. But it must express regret for evidences that appear on some pages of a holiday paralysis in the proofroom. In the education review one reads the word “features” where “teachers” was written, and “population” in lieu of “proportion.” In the head-line over the engineer’s report the omission of a decimal point makes the mileage of sewers 775 instead of 77.5. In the comparative table of real estate transfers, the first two columns giving total number of deeds and total valuations relate to 1889, whereas “1888” was erroneously printed. The nameless church building on page 10 is the Hennepin Avenue Methodist. It was improper to put the court-house label on the postoffice cut, same page. In the review of population growth, the school enrollment for 1888, which was 18,000, was assigned, by another oversight in the proof-reading, to “1889.” The experts of the Northwestern Miller, to whom the Tribune is indebted for flour statistics, have now given us revised figures, too late for use in the tables elsewhere appearing, that reduce by a very little the output and export for the year. The correct figures are, output, 6,114,035 barrels; export, 1,967,935 barrels. Doubtless other errors will be found in other parts of the paper. These appear after inspection of the second eight pages, which were printed first.
 
 

 

 

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