Under the leadership of Col. Robert Van Horn, the Kansas City Daily Journal of Commerce was known for advocating growth and improvements in the city, including building railroads. The daily version of the Journal was published each day of the week except Mondays.
Originally, Van Horn was criticized for publishing on Sundays; however, as Carrie Westlake Whitney writes in Kansas City, Missouri: its history and its people 1808-1908, Van Horn invited many of his critics to his newspaper office and demonstrated that “a Sunday issue involved no Sabbath-breaking…all editorial and mechanical work was done on Saturday.” However, “a Monday issue would require all this work to be done on Sunday. Thus, it was seen that a Sunday issue preserved the sanctity of the Sabbath, which a Monday issue could not do.” So, the Journal continued to publish throughout the week—except Mondays!
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