Projects: Charles Sheldon's Christian paper:
the Topeka Daily Capital March, 1900
In the 1890's Reverend Charles Sheldon was the best known Kansan in America.
His best-selling book, "In His Steps" suggested that Christians should follow the teachings of Jesus in their daily lives. One of his characters was a newspaper editor. In early 1900 the publisher of the Topeka Daily Capital suggested that Sheldon take over the paper for a week. Circulation boomed more than 3000%. Reporters came from all over the country to observe, driven by un-Christian envy.