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Kansas Historical Quarterly - Autumn 1968

Kansas Historical Quarterly, Autumn 1968

Volume 34

Autumn 1968, No. 3


Cover and contents

John W. Ripley, "The Strange Story of Charles M. Sheldon's In His Steps," p. 241.

William E. Unrau, "The Council Grove Merchants and Kansas Indians, 1855-1870," p. 266.

A. James Rudin, "Beersheba, Kan.: 'God's Pure Air on Government Land'," p. 282.

Francis W. Schruben, "The Kansas Refinery Law of 1905," p. 299.

Joseph W. Snell and Don W. Wilson, "The Birth of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad," Part Two of Two, p. 113.

Bypaths of Kansas History, p. 229.

Kansas History as Published in the Press, p. 230.

Kansas Notes, p. 233.


The Cover

The hand-colored lantern slides are from a 150-slide picture play, In His Steps, or What Would Jesus Do?, based on the Rev. Charles M. Sheldon's famous novel of the same title.  Produced in Chicago in 1900 by George Bond, the slides are believed to represent the first photographic screen treatment of an American novel.  The slides are from the lantern show collection of John W. Ripley, author of our featured article.

Kansas Historical Quarterly, Autumn 1968

[Inside the Front Cover]

Back Cover

Examples of 15 of the 25 translations of In His Steps, by the Rev. Charles M. Sheldon, are shown on the back cover.  Reading from top to bottom: first row -- Spanish, Japanese, Polish, German, Czech; second row -- Armenian, Portuguese, French, Japanese, Italian; third row -- Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, Swedish, and Welsh.

The slightly different Spanish translations of In His Steps were published in Buenos Aires (see back cover).  In one edition (top of column one), the novel's leading character the Rev. Henry Maxwell is identified as the "Rev. Enrique Maxwell."  But in an edition published in 1923 by the Methodist Publishing House (top of column three), the same character became "el Reverendo Enrique Ford" (unfortunately, "Enrique" has been clipped from this reproduction).

Out of curiosity, Sheldon wrote to the publisher asking why the name was changed.  Back came an answer from the translator, "Here in Argentina, the name of Maxwell is unfamiliar but everybody knows Henry Ford."

Several of the printings of In His StepsSeveral of the printings of  In His Steps.