Brown continued active as a newspaper publisher. In the latter part of 1890 he moved to western Washington to publish the Fairhaven World. In October, 1891, back in eastern Washington, he bought an interest in the Coif ax Gazette. Returning to Spokane, he formed a partnership with W. T. Penrose in the publication of patent insides for country papers. In the summer of 1893 he started the Newport, Idaho, News, a weekly paper which, like the town it served, has disappeared.
Early in 1898 Brown and Penrose started still another paper, the International, at Wardner, British Columbia. This venture collapsing with the mining boom which inspired it, the plant was moved to Cranbrook and a new paper blossomed out as the Herald. At the Herald office one evening, looking back on his checkered newspaper career covering three eventful decades, Brown confided to the editor, H. M. Wentworth: “I am a damphool; for about forty years I have been pulling up stakes as rapidly as civilization overtakes me . . . and here I am publishing a paper in a country the population of which is composed chiefly of coyotes and Siwashes.” After six months in Cranbrook, Brown returned to Spokane. In the spring of 1900 a boat in which he was rowing on the Kootenai River capsized. The wetting he received in this accident brought on an illness from which he died the following June 1.