Place of Publication: Hay Fork, Trinity County, California (ca. 1857-1858)
Volume and Issue Data: Unknown
Size and Format: Unknown
Editor/Publisher: Unknown (Isaac Cox?)
Title Changes and Continuation: Unknown
General Description and Notes:
Kennedy notes that “except for a manuscript paper called the Noilpum, published at Hay Fork, all of Trinity County’s early newspapers were printed at Weaverville. At most, only a very few copies may have been produced, and none are extant.
Isaac Cox reported in his history of Trinity County published in 1858,
We have named the “Noilpum” without spreading ourselves into explanatory easings, but now it comes. It is the Hay Fork newspaper, an institution to absorb and assimilitate the literary exudations not otherwise provided for; a newspaper which, if presented to a Faust or Guttenberg of our day, would soon learn to know the “devil,” which again in all probability would cause relief in the tar and pitch market, the only operators in that commodity at present being the brokers of the squaw boudoirs. The Noilpum is a goodly paper, and though it advocates the Administration in order not to hurt its books, would go dead downright for Jackson and Douglas in the question of “honest opinion.” A paper is “ably” conducted, knowing nothing of Hoe and Co.’s Mammoth Cylinder, Anti-Friction, anti, etc. presses, or any other sleight-of-hand exponent of public greasing, being thus thrown back on pen and ink, will naturally get muddy and greasy enough to answer to the “mudsill” call and the pet name of printers’ cordiality, “dirty sheet.” We may guess now you know what the “Noilpum” is.
Kennedy speculates that the Noilpum may have been a humorous paper (despite the lame attempt at humor above).
Bibliography: Isaac Cox, The Annals of Trinity County (San Francisco: Commercial Book and Job Steam Printing, 1858), 125; Chester P. Kennedy, “Newspapers of the California Northern Mines, 1850-1860–A Record of Life, Letters and Culture,” unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Stanford, 1949, pp. 30-31, 39, 289, 574-75, and 603)
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