Moses Yale Beach, an American mechanic and editor, born at Wallingford, Conn., Jan. 7, 1800, died there, July 19, 1868. At the age of 14 he was apprenticed to' a cabinet-maker at Hartford, but purchased his freedom in his 18th year. After failing in the cabinet business at Northampton, Mass., he removed to Springfield and endeavored to manufacture a gunpowder engine for propelling balloons. The attempt was unsuccessful. He next undertook to open steam navigation on the Connecticut river between Hartford and Springfield, but the ruinous state of his affairs obliged him to cease operations while his steamer was on the stocks. Mr. Beach soon after devised a rag-cutting machine, which was adopted in paper mills. He next removed to Ulster county, N. Y., where he became concerned in an extensive paper mill. In 1835 he acquired an interest in the "Sun" newspaper in New York, the pioneer of the penny press, of which he soon made himself sole proprietor. In 1857 he retired from business and took up his residence in Wallingford.