Vol. 1, No. 1. M. M. Murdock, editor and proprieto
Wichita City Eagle
April 12, 1872
Vol. 1, No. 1. M. M. Murdock, editor and proprietor.
Salutatory. The first sentence of this new venture is complete in the respectful submission of the initial number of the paper herewith presented. To the interests of Wichita, the queen city of the Southwest, the prospective commercial metropolis of this grandly rich domain, the seat of empire and the political centre of what must soon become a densely settled portion of this young commonwealth; as, also, to the material interests and the development of every resource of the people of both county and city, the Eagle will be honestly and earnestly devoted. The ambition of its founder is, and will be, to make it the leading journal of the Great Southwest, of the Arkansas Valley of Kansas. In writing more we might say less. Ex pede herculem.
Editors of Kansas. To our editorial brethren throughout the state, who have so magnanimously and kindly evinced a spirit of good will in our behalf since disposing of the Burlingame Chronicle, we feel greatly indebted and we take this, the first opportunity, of making known our feelings of gratitude. Hand in hand with the older members of the Editorial Association, we have for years been cooperating for the upbuilding of our adopted state. As will be now seen, we have not deserted the good cause, or the fraternity; only changed our base of operations....We send to each of you a copy of the Eagle, folded and directed by our own hands, in the full assurance that a new name will be entered upon your respective exchange lists. The "make-up" of our paper differs, we know, from the great majority of country papers. It is the execution of an idea long entertained, touching the style of a country paper. Having personally selected the material and personally supervised the setting up and arrangement, the execution of the idea became a pleasant task. Besides, our new home, Wichita, is already a city of the second class. Hoping that occasionally, at least, the brainy men of the state may find an article or wing-feather in the Eagle worthy of note or comment, we take our flight.
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